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Cat Knit

Written & illustrated by Jacob Grant
Published by Feiwel & Friends
4.8 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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Oct 11, 2016
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What Does Bookroo Think of Cat Knit

“A clever, humorous tale spun from the familiar relationship of a cat and a ball of yarn.”

Demonstrating a remarkable range of expressions for a moody feline, Cat is the contented pet and longtime friend of Girl. When Girl notices a sale at a yarn shop, she brings home a ball, which quickly becomes Cat’s new friend, Yarn. Cat and Yarn enjoy many activities together, like reading, sledding, and building snowmen, but then “Girl also wanted to to play with Yarn.” Unfortunately for Cat, when Girl “plays” with Yarn, she knits Yarn into a sweater for Cat. Cat is very unhappy with the change, and in anger, he marches out into the snow to find a way to ditch Yarn. Upon successfully peeling Yarn off, however, Cat realizes that he’s cold out in the snow without his old friend. That’s when Grant makes a masterful observation that applies literally to Cat’s situation yet offers an equally wise figurative lesson for readers: “Warming up to something new takes time.” Demonstrating his subtle wit—observant readers will notice that Girl has sketched a knit cap and mittens to accompany Cat’s new sweater—Grant knits a unique tale from a stereotypical relationship. Even the names of Cat, Yarn, and Girl, while seemingly defaults, feel intentional and fitting in this humorous tale.

What's Cat Knit About

Publisher Summary

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.

What Kind of Book is Cat Knit

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Quotes from Cat Knit

  • “When Yarn returned, he wasn’t his usual bouncy self.”
  • “Warming up to something new takes time.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Cat doesn’t like Yarn’s new “look” until he realizes how cold he is without his sweater. Has there ever been a time in your life when something changed, and at first you weren’t happy about the change, but later you realized you actually liked the change?

  • If you look closely at the illustrations, you can see clever clues about what might happen next in the story. This is called foreshadowing. What clues can you find that foreshadow what will happen later in this story?

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.25 / 7.0
The Notorious RAD
Mom of 1. Wife to 1. #1.
5.5 / 7.0

This book may help a young reader learn that new friends change and that’s good.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.0 / 7.0
Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
4.25 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.0 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Cat Knit

author & illustrator
Jacob Grant

Jacob Grant writes and illustrates stories for children. Absurd and heartfelt stories.

Originally from Ohio, Jacob now lives in Chicago with his patient wife and two less-than-patient children. When not trying to wrangle these little forces of nature, you’ll most likely find him drawing, painting and writing until something feels story-ish.

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What Has Jacob Grant Said About Cat Knit

  • What do you like most about Cat and Yarn’s friendship?

    When first writing the story, I was excited by the idea of a character befriending an inanimate object. There’s something very sweet and child-like about that concept, but also a bit magical. A simple ball of yarn suddenly becomes something more, just because of the way Cat feels about it. It was later that I grew to appreciate what these two characters could say about friendship with Yarn’s transformation, that is, that friendship can change over time and that’s ok. Also, there are few things more fun to draw than a grumpy cat.

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  • Cat’s expressions create a lot of humorous moments in the story. How did you make Cat so surprisingly expressive?

    The power of eyebrows! It’s impressive what the little tufts can do for an expression. When sharing the book at readings, I draw several scenes to demonstrate how I create Cat’s range of emotions, and probably 90% of it comes down to eyebrows. Tilt them up, tilt them down, raise one, or both – the emotion changes with each little nudge. Surprisingly, no one has pointed out to me that cats do not typically have eyebrows. My reply would be:

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Jacob Grant's Book Dedication

For Brother, my constant friend and occasional headache.

What Do Critics Say About Cat Knit

  • “The simplicity of the story is matched by graphically crisp illustration that captures cats’ well-known fascination with bright balls of yarn, as well as the comfort that everyday objects bring, a message little listeners will instinctively understand.”

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  • “Grant . . . pairs wryly understated storytelling with subtly funny cartooning in a story of friendship, sharing, and change . . . “

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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 11, 2016
Illustration Details:
The art was drawn with charcoal and crayon and colored digitally.

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