Book Size: 8.5" x 8.5"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623719371

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Cecilia Heikkilä

Illustrations: full-color

Ages: 3-8

Release date: October 4, 2019


A Christmas Sweater for Nina

By • Illustrated by Cecilia Heikkilä

$ 17.95

“A warm tale for Christmas time. A cozy cat tale…” — Kirkus Reviews

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About this book

A heartwarming Christmas story that will delight young readers.

During the wintertime, life is not easy for Nina the homeless cat. She lives in the middle of a big city in a house made of cardboard. When it gets cold, Nina puts on her warm woolly red sweater. But one day when she's out for a walk, the sweater starts unraveling. Without her sweater, the windy winter weather is unbearably hard! Nina follows the yarn as it winds through alleys, up walls, and over rooftops and towers. Luckily for her, this race ends in an unexpected place, where Nina receives her first Christmas present.


About the author

Cecilia Heikkilä is a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator, working mostly with children’s books. She is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed children’s books, including A Christmas Sweater for Nina and Badger’s Journey.


“A warm tale for Christmastime. Nina the cat has a ‘house,’ which the illustrations depict as a small, cardboard box in an alley. The opening lines tell readers that ‘the floor was icy and cold air came through the door.’… As Nina ventures from her cardboard house, readers will note that a red strand of yarn is trailing from her sweater, unraveling it page after page. She doesn’t notice as she traipses by caroling mice and other creatures. By the time she does realize that ‘her belly [has] started to get cold,’ the yarn is completely unraveled and is ‘being pulled away and beginning a journey of its own.’ Nina follows in hot pursuit through illustrations that show various perspectives of the city and slapstick scenes of the cat crashing into other animals as she tries to catch the yarn snaking away from her. Then the yarn leads to a bookstore, in which she finds Ms. Badger, humming and knitting in a wingback chair… Ms. Badger offers her tea, and then with the page turn, the bookstore is named as Nina’s new home. A cozy cat tale…” — Kirkus Reviews


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