Saturday, April 14, 2012

Extra Yarn Event at Unwind

Today, at Unwind (a Yarn store in Burbank and not the dystopian novel by Neal Shusterman), Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen stopped by to celebrate their book Extra Yarn (Balzer & Bray, January 17, 2012).  The event was a part of Unwind's celebration of Yarn Crawl LA (a four day, self-guided tour Los Angeles County's Yarn Stores).

Alethea (@frootjoos on twitter) is a knitter and pulled her buddies (Thuy, Kimberley, Alyson, and more) from Bridge to Books into helping with this event.  Yeah, twist our arms.  We are all big fans of Jon and Mac so it didn't take much to convince us to help.

Alethea kept in the spirit of the story and covered wooden block letters to look like the cover.

Thuy (@fishgirl182) yarnbombed some little houses so they would look like they were pulled right out of the book.

Mac and John signed books, chatted with fans, and entertained young readers who came out to draw and have some fun.

Mac read Extra Yarn to the audience.  Don't watch the clip if you don't want to hear the end of the book.  However, this was my favorite part since Mac does a great Archduke.

Also, the Extra talented Alethea made yarn inspired cake pops for the event.  I wish I had taken a close up of these yummy treats.

I also finally ran into Carter Higgins, a twitter buddy.  One of these days, we will also run into each other at Vroman's.

To celebrate today's event, I am giving away a signed copy of Extra Yarn to one lucky person.  Please fill out the form to enter.  You have until April 21, 2012 to enter to win.

Please note:  This post has been crossed posted over at Bridge to Books. 


  1. Dude you're so quick with the recap. I love that you got some video of Mac reading. His archduke voice is awesome. This was such a fun event and I'm so glad I got to take part.

  2. I'm beyond jealous of you with this one, and so are my kiddos. We all adore these guys! What an amazing opportunity! Now I wish I lived closer to LA. I'm hoping that maybe I'll be able to see Jon at BEA since I know he'll be there for a Monday event. *fingers crossed*

    1. Jon is adorable. And he and Mac were so good together. It was a great event - and not crowded so we got a chance to hang.

  3. This looks like exactly my kind of event! I love celebrating books like this. How about if I become a book-celebration-even coordinator? Do you think someone would pay me big bucks for that? Like a wedding coordinator for book parties. How awesome would that be? I love how Extra Yarn is a book about caring and celebrating connections with people but can also be about yarn and knitting and math. Love it. When I read aloud for WRAD, I read this and then booktalked Wonder to the classes I read for. Both have such great messages about how we should be kind and giving towards each other.

  4. Jen - I want to just plan book events for a full-time job. I wish someone would pay me. I have grown to love this book even more.