Hi there! Are your toes frozen? Is your breath forming icicles in the air? Not to fear! Go throw on your fave hand-knitted sweater/blanket/socks, and check this book out.
Annabelle lives in a pretty dull town where the only two colors to see are the white of the snow and the black of the soot from the chimneys. It's cold, boring, and the people are pretty grumpy. She finds a mysterious box one day, and inside the box, she finds a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles. Annabelle decides to knit herself a sweater to keep warm, and once she starts knitting, she realizes this is no ordinary yarn. No matter how much she uses it, the ball of yarn never gets smaller. She knits and knits and never runs out. Annabelle makes sweaters and hats for everyone and everything in her town, and her act of kindness spreads love and warmth all over town.
I have just one question for illustrator Jon Klassen: is there anything you can't do?! Klassen has illustrated so many good books over the past couple of years, from the hilarious I Want My Hat Back to Sam and Dave Dig a Hole , his artwork has a quality that I can't find the right word for. It's humorous but not over the top silly. It's adorable and sweet but not cartoony. I love the way he painted Annabelle's sweaters with the little v's that make hand-knittted things to distinctive. Have a great Monday and stay warm!