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by Andrew Kolb ; illustrated by Andrew Kolb

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 10th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-399-16914-4
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Edmund, a ball of teal yarn, explores the world but returns to his family.

Edmund Loom is an adventuresome little ball of yarn. At first, he just bounces down the stairs to play with other balls of yarn, forcing hours of reeling him in and winding him back up on his parents. The older he gets, the bigger he gets, and his parents have more trouble pulling him back. Eventually, he travels the world, returning home when adventure palls and he becomes lonely. Pencils and pixels come together in sunny illustrations that bring this little round guy to life. His trailing tail, goofy smile, twirly “bangs,” baseball cap and jaunty backpack will allow young readers to identify with him, even when he is sweaty and scared when (not-so-scary) cats chase him. They will smile with recognition when he meets “interesting people” in the shapes of bottles, toilet paper rolls, buttons and even a friendly pincushion. They will undoubtedly cheer when Edmund exhausts the possibilities of travel and rolls himself home to family and friends—and they may hope he finds a pal to roll around with on another journey.

This long extended metaphor filled with laugh-worthy wordplay will comfort children and parents alike. (Picture book. 4-8)