Good friends and a how-to-manual on knitting warm hearts.

Kirkus Reviews

Otto Goes North


A cosy story about friendship, travel and knitting.

Translated by Julia Marshall


  • Description

    Far up in the north is a blueberry-blue house with a grass roof, where Lisa and Nils live. One day a tourist arrives: Otto has cycled for months, maybe years, to visit his friends.

    Otto wants to do a spectacular painting of the northern lights to remember his visit, but he is from a hot country and it is very cold here. He can’t paint for shivering so hard.

    Lisa and Nils are surprised—Otto has a fur coat just like them! They didn’t know there was a difference between fur and fur.

    His friends decide to knit him a jumper.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Sweden
    Reader Age 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. School Library Journal – September 2019 Issue

      A perfect story to pair with a lesson on fiber art or dyeing. Recommended for general purchase and for makerspaces everywhere.

    2. Book Trailers for Kids and YA

      It’s about good friends, kindness, caring, creative thinking and problem solving, as well as a good read.

    3. The Source (Magpies magazine)

      The simple style and the symbolic nature of the landscape and the houses is a perfect match for the simplicity of the fable.

    4. Bob’s Book Blog

      Beautifully illustrated and an out-there idea.

    5. Youth Services Book Review

      [The illustrations are] full of interesting details and the animals’ faces are wonderfully expressive.

    6. Agnew Reading

      It’s a warm story with some amusing conversations, whimsical humour and charming colour illustrations by the author.

    7. Kirkus Reviews

      Good friends and a how-to-manual on knitting warm hearts.

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