Book Size: 8.5" x 8.5"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623719371 HB
ISBN: 9781623719487 PB

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

Paperback $ 8.95 | Hardback $ 17.95

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

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.


“The winter is harsh for a cat who lives in a cardboard box. Clad in a striped sweater, Nina roams through town to keep warm. As snowflakes fall, she walks past festively decorated stores, and neighborly forest animals full of holiday cheer. The down-on-her luck feline doesn’t notice that her sweater has completely unraveled until she is shivering. When the last strand of yarn is yanked out of her paws by an unseen force, Nina catches the tail end and follows the red trail. Heikkiläs charming illustrations follow a winding, cat-and-yarn chase around a caroling mouse choir, over rooftops, and through a bustling café. This frenzied journey comes to an end when Nina enters a bookstore and finds Ms. Badger finishing up a knitting project. VERDICT A sweet-natured seasonal story.” — School Library Journal

“Heikkilä offers a tenderhearted Christmas story with airy images that evoke the feeling of a world in miniature. Nina the cat lives in a cardboard box on a snowy urban street. Though “the floor was icy and cold air came through the door,” her red sweater is “warm and woolly.” As she wanders through the town_and its plum-colored roofs, smoking chimneys, and behatted animal friends chatting communally_readers will observe Nina’s sweater catching on a branch, then beginning to unravel, leaving behind a trail of yarn. Soon, her belly is cold, and though a mouse tries to alert her to the problem, Nina walks on until there is “only a long strand of yarn left.” Unbeknownst to the feline, Ms. Badger has been gathering the yarn, and when Nina follows the trail, it leads her to a forever home. Readers may be gently encouraged to exercise generosity with others_whether they be on two feet or four.” — Publishers Weekly

“The nicely worded text offers a simple, satisfying story, while the charming, digital illustrations suggest a trace of magic in the air… An inviting picture book with a touch of Christmas cheer.” — Booklist

“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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Hardback, Paperback


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