The KnitWits Make a Move!

Overview

Meet the KnitWits, a wacky family whose silly wordplay mix-ups both teach and entertain.

“Sleep tight, KnitWits,” Mrs. KnitWit called.
So everyone snuggled in as close as they could.
Because the KnitWits are a tightly knit bunch.

In this charming and original picture book, it’s time for the KnitWits to move into their new home. After unpacking, they decide to celebrate with a...

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Overview

Meet the KnitWits, a wacky family whose silly wordplay mix-ups both teach and entertain.

“Sleep tight, KnitWits,” Mrs. KnitWit called.
So everyone snuggled in as close as they could.
Because the KnitWits are a tightly knit bunch.

In this charming and original picture book, it’s time for the KnitWits to move into their new home. After unpacking, they decide to celebrate with a housewarming party! How do they “warm up” their house? By wrapping it in blankets, of course! Then they “serve” snacks with a racket; and when it’s time to “ice” the cake, into the freezer it goes! After all the fun and excitement, the KnitWits are all tuckered out, and it’s bedtime for this tightly knit family.

Playful twists on language paired with stunning mixed media artwork make for a lively and entertaining read that is a joy to share again and again!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sherryn Craig
Cast on with the KnitWits, a close knit family of five, who are new to the neighborhood. These plush, hand knit creations, rendered using photographs and sketched-on expressions, engage their surroundings in a literal way. First, the KnitWits move by wiggling into their new home. To host a housewarming, they outfit the house using warm hats and wooly sweaters. They bake tasty treats, serving them up with rackets. And the icing on the cake is just that—ice from the freezer. With their guests due to arrive, the KnitWits hurry to straighten up, arranging all their household items in straight lines. With one good heave, they throw open the door and invite their new neighbors into their home. The author uses a playful approach to language, introducing idiomatic speech and colloquial expressions. Equally striking is the innovative mix of media, juxtaposing colored photographs of plush, knitted creatures with colored illustrations. The illustrator's color work has the same texture and appearance as the stitches used for the KnitWits, lending a balanced composition where the photographs and illustrations are complements of one other. The narrative, sparely written, is fun and entertaining, as are the illustrations, which enhance the story and provide another layer to look at and enjoy. Children and adults will have a ball reading this humorous yarn. Reviewer: Sherryn Craig
Kirkus Reviews
A combination of the Dumb Bunnies and Amelia Bedelia, the KnitWits will surely appeal to juvenile humor. Parents? Not so much. The KnitWit family is moving to a new home, a venture that seemingly consists of walking down the street. Magically, their boxes of belongings are already there and take no time at all to unpack. What's left to do? Why, have a housewarming party, of course. The family of five busily goes about the house tacking up scarves and hats and sweaters, then turns to the question of treats for their guests. They "serve" a mix of salty and sweet snacks with a tennis racket and put the cake in the freezer to "ice" it. The KnitWits' "straightening up," "throwing open the door" for their guests and "toasty" house at the end of a satisfying party also have double meanings that will have readers shaking their heads at Tabby's easy comedy. Erika Burling's knit characters, each with his or her own personality and accessories, are plopped into Wildish's tongue-in-cheek digital illustrations, creating a contrast between the real and the cartoon as well as between the 3-D KnitWits and their flat, illustrated neighbors. This may get a few chuckles, but for true laughs that have stood the test of time, stick with the original literal-thinker: Amelia Bedelia. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442453425
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Abigail Tabby lives with her family in New Jersey. In her spare time she tries to knit and ends up making very short scarves with lots of big holes that her family wears and swears they love anyway. She likes to abandon knitting for nighttime story time, when the whole family snuggles together for a great book…on a blanket that she did not knit and is therefore very cozy.

Lee Wildish became interested in illustration and art at a very young age. As soon as he graduated from the University of Nottingham he started working as a graphic designer for an advertising agency, learning the ins and outs of graphics and corporate literature. Several years later he ventured into greeting cards, where he produced illustrations and design concepts from inception through completion. Lee now loves to illustrate children's books and adds humor to his work whenever possible. He believes that there’s nothing more warming than seeing people enjoying a published book that he has illustrated. Lee now lives in Nottingham, England.

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