Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, Ill. by Adam Rex

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, Ill. by Adam Rex


Publishing: Hyperion Books, New York, 2012.

Description: Mac and Adam (via the figures at the bottom of the cover), begin telling a story about Chloe, but get into an argument over stylistic choices. It is their heroine, Chloe, that has to step in and save Adam from the cartoon lion and repair the friendship between author and illustrator.

Programming: I would use this book when explaining the parts of a picturebook to a young class. AKA-This is an author’s job, this is an illustrator’s job. Sometimes they are two different people, sometimes the same person does both jobs, etc.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen


Publishing: Harper Collins, New York, 2012

Description: All I could think upon reaching the end of this book was that it would be a kid’s first experience with magical realism. Annabelle lives in a very black and white town. One day she finds a box of yarn, a box which never seems to run out of yarn. She knits sweaters for the entire town-including the landmarks-and soon the town is no longer black and white. An archduke comes and tries to steal the magical box of yarn, but it is only magic for Annabelle and she soon gets the box back, living happily ever after with her sweater-covered town.

Programming:  I might start by discussing things like: Why did the yarn disappear when the Archduke stole the box? Why were Annabelle’s sweaters so popular? How did the town change because of the sweaters? I would want to do a craft involving yarn, and I like the connotation that the writer of the blog “Crayon Freckles” uses to describe God’s never-ending love. Unless teaching in a religious school this context might not be appreciated, but it could also be secularized (is that even a word?) for a public library or school setting. Maybe you could tie in Annabelle’s care for everyone else to the magic in the yarn, which would explain why it didn’t work for the Archduke.

Here is a link to Andie’s post at Crayon Freckles, where there is also a neat little yarn art activity.