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Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza

Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza

Holly Clifton-Brown
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Andersen Press USA, 2010   ISBN: 978-0761364443

Annie Hoot is a little owl who has a new craze: knitting. Annie knits colorful sweaters, hats, scarves, socks, and other garments. In fact, her knitted creations are so colorful that the other owls refuse to wear them because they “don’t want to look different from the other owls.”

Poor Annie decides to leave her home to see if she can find some animals who will want to wear her “nifty knitwear.” She knits herself a hot air balloon and sails across the skies to a rainforest. Quickly Annie sets about knitting umbrellas and boots for the local tropical birds so that they can remain dry during the frequent rain showers. Unfortunately, her creations are not waterproof, and they sag dreadfully. The birds suggest that Annie should go to the African plains. The animals in this part of the world “get chilly at night,” they tell the little owl. So off Annie goes, sailing away in a little wooden boat. Perhaps Africa is the right place for her.

In this charming picture book, Holly Clifton-Brown tells the story of a little owl whose creative genius is not appreciated. Thankfully, there are some animals who treasure her creations, and when Annie finally goes home, she gets a wonderful surprise.

With delightful illustrations throughout, this picture book is a tribute to all artists who dare to be true to their muse.