"Consider this children’s book to be 2015’s version of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Edmund, an adorable ball of yarn, sets off to explore the world. He meets interesting people and visits exciting places, but ultimately, finds that he can’t head out into the world alone without a little support from his family.”
This delightful debut picture book celebrates both the joy of venturing into the unknown and the value of staying connected to loved ones back home. It stars a little ball of yarn who can’t resist the tug of adventure, the twists and turns of discovery, or the comfort of family and friends.
Edmund is a ball of yarn and a ball of energy! From the time he could roll, he’s been bouncing down his front steps to explore, and his parents have always been right there to reel him in and roll him back up. But now that he’s bigger, Edmund is ready to discover the wonders of the world. Everything is new and exciting—but sometimes, even a little ball of yarn gets lonely, and there’s nothing better than the comfort of being around those he cares about.
Edmund Loom is an anthropomorphized ball of turquoise yarn with wanderlust. While his parents are always "reeling him in and rolling him back up," writes newcomer Kolb, they never try to quash his explorations. One day, Edmund rolls far away and encounters a (mostly) friendly world filled with new places and friends; even being chased by kittens is "part of the adventure." But Edmund eventually misses "familiar places and friendly faces," and when he feels the literal tug of family and friends, he's happy to return home at least for a little while. Kolb has a bright, clean drawing style that will remind readers of their favorite contemporary animation, and his panoramas (sometimes stacked three to a page) make it fun to follow Edmund's travels and the trail of yarn he leaves in his wake. But while Kolb's first book is impressive for its visual playfulness and its astute take on child development, literal-minded readers may wonder why no matter how much Edmund unravels, he never seems to get any smaller. Ages 5 8.