I don't see how anyone could praise this book so much. The illustrations all look similar like a bunch of leaves. The story starts interesting with a girl finding a box of never-ending yarn. No matter how much she knits there is always some leftover which gets her started again. So far it gets the children curious as to what is going to happen. Then comes an archduke who ends up stealing the box. My children immediately went 'That is not good'. Ok, we can take a bit of the darker side to the story. But what I really didn't like the language used by the archduke when he gets upset "Little girl, I curse you with my family's curse! You will never be happy again." What sort of language is that to read to the children? The author could have used a better language to express the bitterness of the archduke. Although the story has a happy ending, my children were shocked and upset, and didn't want me to read it again. I didn't want to read to them either. Some adults and children may be ok with such language, and may even find it funny. But it could upset others. I wouldn't read it aloud to a whole classroom.
A wonderful, beautiful picture book with a knitting theme. A great readaloud for the kiddies. I'd love to have a box that contained a neverending ball of yarn. I guess then I'd have to learn how to knit.
Mac Barnett is a name to watch in children's picture books, and how could he possibly go wrong with Jon Klassen (author of the hilarious I Want My Hat Back) on board as illustrator? This is a wonderful picture book worth checking out.