If you love delightful tales of friendship, cattiness and yarn then today is your lucky day! Allow us to happily present to you new release picture book Cat Knit by Jacob Grant, and provided to us by PanMacmillan Australia for review. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Cat and Yarn are the best of friends. They have so much fun playing together, the two are inseparable.
Until the day Girl takes Yarn away.
When Yarn Returns, he is completely changed, no longer Cat’s bright and rolly friend. Cat is mad!
Soon, Cat begins to miss his best friend, and he just might realize that a little change isn’t so bad after all.
It’s no secret that we are big fans of yarn and its related fibre-crafted products around the shelf, and when yarn is combined with a cute, grumpy-faced cat that looks a little like one of the cats in the dwelling, you can be sure that we will be big fans of the result. Here’s a little side by side pic for comparison about our prior claim:
Twinnies, or what?!
Cat, unsurprisingly, is friends with Yarn. They play together in all sorts of hilarious ways (read: sledding), they snuggle up together and are generally as happy as a cat and an inanimate object could be. When Girl takes yarn away and returns him completely changed however, Cat isn’t in love with the arrangement. What follows is a struggle between wanting things back the way they were and finding good use for yarn’s new form and function. But it isn’t all bad. After all, where there’s one ball of yarn, there might be more!
This book was a lot of fun and the mini-fleshlings particularly enjoyed the various moods of Cat, played out via his facial expressions. I particularly liked the machinations of Girl, which are known in the wider world as “knitting”, and was quite comforted by the fact that clearly Mad Martha isn’t the only one who pores over yarn catalogues with such undivided attention. The ending is a great laugh, featuring more in the way of catty expressions of displeasure, and a very nifty bobble hat indeed. The overall message of the book is that a change in the personality of one’s friend need not mean the end of a friendship, and that such changes can be just what is needed at that point in time.
The edition of the book that we received came with a dust jacket featuring the image above, and as we are incurable dust-jacket removers, we were able to uncover the delightful design on the hardback cover.
I will admit to having a yearning to own an ugly Christmas jumper, probably due to the fact that I will never have the opportunity to wear one unless I move to a shelf in the Northern Hemisphere for at least one Christmas, so this design tickled me pink.
I would recommend Cat Knit to anyone who (a) has a cat or (b) is able to laugh at cats, which, let’s admit it, is every human alive. Having received the thumbs up of approval from the mini-fleshlings in this dwelling, I can also say that it has passed the giggle road test for reading aloud to little ones. It’s even inspired me to ask Mad Martha to crochet me an ugly Christmas jumper of my own…which I will then attempt to force onto the cat (pictured above).
Until next time,