Book of the Week: Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza

Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza by Holly Clifton-Brown

Published: 2010 by Andersen Press USA

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

The end papers are balls of yarn. And as I look at it, it makes me think “Boy! Wouldn’t a cat love to get his/her paws on those!”

I love owls! And main character Annie is an owl.

I love how Annie is described as “scatterbrained”. I instantly related to her.

This book shows the importance of being creative, and thinking outside of the box.

Not only are Annie’s knits bold, but so is she. She’s not afraid to be different. In fact, she embraces it.

This book is full of character.

Annie Hoot takes her knits on the road … or rather air via (knitted) hot air balloon. She visits some exotic places like the Rain Forest, the plains of Africa, and even the Arctic.

I loved how this book is a geography lesson wrapped up in a colorful package. Not only geography, but readers will get the chance to learn what animals are native to these exotic places. This book isn’t just fun, it’s educational.

Annie is one crafty bird! She’s a girl after my own heart.

This book shows the importance of individuality.

Some of her creations include: knitted umbrellas for the birds of the rain forest, super longs scarves for the giraffes (not going to lie, I laughed a little at that sight), and even polka-dot pull-overs for the penguins of the Arctic.

Even though the animals often find that Annie’s knits aren’t practical for their life, they don’t discourage her from keeping on. I think this really shows the importance of having people that are supportive in your life.

I love in the illustrations Annie is seen perched on an elephant’s trunk, and a walrus’ back.

This book shows that everyone, big or small, needs and wants to feel needed.

The writing is perky, and solid. But what makes Annie Hoot such a hit is the illustrations. Even though it’s subdued, it fits the personality of the character and the plot.

This book features knitting – a craft that may be viewed as old school, but is swiftly making a hip comeback! And it makes me want to knit.

Annie Hoot is a real inspiration. I think she shows readers how to take control of your dreams, and make them come true.

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