Knitty Kitty


“Gather up the cats, stoke the fire, and settle the little ones on your lap with this one for a lovely way to end a winter’s day.”
 —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

What could Knitty Kitty be knitting? Something to keep three mischievous kittens toasty and comfy, of course. But after the snow falls and the moon comes up and it’s bedtime for kittens everywhere, what will keep them all warm and snug? Knitty Kitty...

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“Gather up the cats, stoke the fire, and settle the little ones on your lap with this one for a lovely way to end a winter’s day.”
 —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

What could Knitty Kitty be knitting? Something to keep three mischievous kittens toasty and comfy, of course. But after the snow falls and the moon comes up and it’s bedtime for kittens everywhere, what will keep them all warm and snug? Knitty Kitty has the answers! With a fun, rhythmic text and delightfully detailed illustrations, the storybook team of David Elliott and Christopher Denise knit together a cozy read-aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Denise's (The Great Redwall Feast) vibrant, old-school acrylic-and-ink pictures dominate this simple story of a mother cat who knits winter gear for her three kittens. There's not a speck of white space; every lush illustration stretches across a full-bleed spread, enveloping readers in the golden warmth of the kittens' fire-lit home and the enchantment of the winter wonderland beyond its windows. Whiskers bristle and tails have a life of their own; in one picture a curious kitten is distracted from a ball of yarn by the sight of its mother's tail uncurling from beneath her dress. Elliott (And Here's to You!) tells the story in economical, repetitive and rhythmic words and phrases that further lull and comfort: "Clickety-click. Lickety-split. Knitty Kitty sits and knits." The minimal plot has the kittens giving away the cozy hat, scarf and mittens their mother has fashioned to the naked snowman in their yard before settling into their pillowed basket at bedtime, needing only their mother to keep them warm. A book as "cozy, comfy and toasty" as the objects it describes. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Clickety-click./ Tickety-tick./ Knitty Kitty sits and knits." She finishes a hat for one little kitten, mittens for another, a scarf for the third, to keep them cozy. But when they play outside in the snow they decide that the snowman needs the hat, scarf, and mittens more than they do. So when they are called in for bedtime, they cannot sleep because they are not cozy any more. Knitty Kitty has an answer to that problem, making for a good "Night-night" for all. Double-page, acrylic-and-ink illustrations naturalistically describe the homey scene and bespectacled cat knitting in her overstuffed chair. The kittens chase the balls of yarn and behave as all kittens do. Denise depicts the appealing felines and the very cozy setting with charming sentimentality. Kitty is portrayed with genuine personality. The story sets the stage for a quiet goodnight. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

With decidedly old-fashioned text and illustrations, this story could be seen as a kind of twist on "The Three Little Kittens." These felines live in a snug stone house with "Knitty Kitty," whose needles are never idle. "Clickety-click./Tickety-tick." She has made a hat for one of them, mittens for another, and a scarf for the third. But, because they are kittens, they decide to use their gifts on an enormous snowman. Then, when it's "bedtime for kittens everywhere," the youngsters have nothing to keep them warm and cozy. Or do they? The full-bleed illustrations in acrylic and ink portray an idyllic cottage in a snow-covered countryside. Inside the warmth is made evident with soft golds, browns, and touches of soft color here and there. A slight but endearing story that, with its repetitions and sound words, is perfect for bedtime reading.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
In a cottage nestled in the wintry countryside, "Clickety-click. / Tickety-tick. / Knitty Kitty sits and knits." She makes a hat for one kitten to keep it cozy. She makes mittens for a second kitten to keep it toasty. She makes a scarf for the third to keep it comfy. When the kittens play in the snow and make a snowman, they think he wants to be cozy too, and soon it's the snowman who sports the hat, mittens and scarf. Soon it's bedtime for the kittens, and they all climb into their big basket. They can't sleep, though; they aren't cozy, comfy or toasty. Knitty Kitty has just what they need: herself! "Night-night, little kittens." / "Night-night, Knitty Kitty." Elliott's simple, onomatopoeic text with a twist at the end will satisfy storytime and bedtime audiences alike. Redwall picture-book illustrator Denise could not have packed more charm into his acrylic-and-ink kittens. Reminiscent of Galdone's Three Little Kittens, though without its folk simplicity, this is a winner for all collections of kitty lit. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763649661
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,022,507
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Elliott is the author of several books for young readers, including ON THE FARM, illustrated by Holly Meade, and the New York Times best-selling AND HERE'S TO YOU!, illustrated by Randy Cecil. David Elliott lives near New London, New Hampshire.

Christopher Denise has illustrated many books for young readers, including OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY by Phyllis Root, IF I COULD by Susan Milord, and several Redwall books by Brian Jacques. Christopher Denise lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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