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How to Knit a Monster


3.79  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A delightfully quirky celebration of the power of creativity and the secret magic of knitting.

Greta the goat is a wonderfully accomplished knitter. She can even knit little goats and turn them loose to play around her feet. But when she gets distracted from her knitting, threatening creatures spring from her needles, each more menacing than the last. It takes quick
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud at this book. It was a tiny bit embarrassing as I was sitting at the library desk. Knitting and monsters are two of my favorite things, combining them with humor in a children's book is sheer delight! I think this is a book that will appeal to a small audience, but they will LOVE it.
Syntha Green
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Delightfully weird
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
So funny and unexpected! Similar feel to Written and Drawn by Henrietta.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very imaginative and it definitely made me smile. =)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Goat likes to knit some pretty cool things.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t, 2018t
Why we chose this book:
T is super into monsters, and the synopsis sounded like the protagonist engaged in creative problem solving. I thought this was a good fit, so requested a review copy, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provided one.

Mom's Review (V)

Greta Goat is inattentive while knitting and inadvertently creates a wolf that gobbles up an unkind visitor, Mrs. Sheep. She knits increasingly ferocious creatures until she has a monster, which she keeps on her needles so that she can unravel it
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
How to Knit a Monster by Annemarie van Haeringen. PICTURE BOOK. Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2014. $18. 9781328842107



Greta is a goat who knits a lot. One day she is knitting baby goats when Mrs. Sheep comes in and says that she is a better knitter. Goat is so distracted she knits until her knitting turns into a wolf and the wolf eats Mrs. Wolf. Greta knits a tiger to eat the wolf and a monster to eat the tiger. Greta gets
This clever picture book, first published in the Netherlands in 2014, celebrates craftiness and creativity. Greta the goat is very good at knitting. One day she knits herself several little goats and she's very pleased by them. But Mrs. Sheep comes over and throws shade on Greta's knitting skills and makes Greta feel bad. Without thinking, Greta knits a wolf which promptly gobbles up the nasty Mrs. Sheep. This starts a whole series of progressively bigger yarn animals to try to fix the growing ...more
Greta the goat is a knitter, not just any kind of knitter, a sock knitter. One day Greta decides to try knitting something new and is having fun making little knit goats when Mrs. Sheep comes along and brags that she is a much better knitter than Greta. Upset, Greta doesn’t watch what she is knitting and things soon get out of hand. Greta must use her quick wit and talent for knitting to save the day. Bold and unconventional illustrations help make this quirky story a success. It is sure to be a ...more
Juliana Lee
Greta the goat is happily knitting baby goats when Martha the mean sheep interrupts her with insults about the quality of her work. This distracts Greta from her work so instead of knitting another baby goat, Greta knits a wolf who pounces off her needles and eats the baby goats and Martha. Greta hides in the closet, but when the wolf comes after her she quickly knits a tiger who eats the wolf. Now she's in even worse trouble and has to knit a monster to eat the tiger. But Greta uses her head ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One recurring motif in today's books was goats. Another was knitting. I do not knit, although I love a good sweater.
It's a funny story with unanticipated twists, and yet, familiar as the old woman who swallowed a fly. The art is engaging and works well with the text. The juxtaposition between clever solutions to problems with inattention and the sheer goofiness of knitting a monster amuses me mightily.

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Alyssa Gudenburr
I loved this story because it reads like a fable. A goat's knitting creations come to life, Mrs. Sheep proposes a competition, the creations start to eat everything with the monster as the last creation. The goat solves the problem my unraveling her creations which frees Mrs. Sheep. This story is a little on the scary side for little kids but upper elementary children would enjoy this story.
Andrea Lorenz
An experiment in knitting leads to something NO ONE expected. I'm saving this for a knitting storytime. It's full of imaginative problem-solving and humor. The illustrations remind me of Quentin Blake and fit this whimsical, slightly dark children's book to a tee.
Ms. B
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, picture
Something different, a goat that can knit? Not only can Greta knit, she can knit animals and monsters! Give this to fans of Emily Gravett's books or her style of humor or Maurice Sendek's Pierre.
An import from Holland.
Lynn  Davidson
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Greta is a very good knitter, but her neighbour claims that her own knitting is far better than Greta's. When Greta gets upset about that she doesn't watch what she's knitting and makes something big and unexpected. Fun illustrations.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminds me “The Old Lady and the Spider,” as well as folktales about art that comes to life. The heroine has a masterful solution to (nearly) every problem, and there’s an amusing comeuppance for another rather boastful crafter.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What can happen when your knitting getss out of hand. Originally published in The Netherlands.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-2
Danica Midlil
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite delightful, I love the illustrations and their use of color and texture.
Laura Molinario
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picture Book
Debbie Tanner
This is a funny and scary little picture book about a goat who can knit things that come alive. I loved her problem solving strategies!
Kristina Jean Lareau
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook
Lots of line drawings for this unique story!
Miss Ryoko
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute and creative!
Ampersand Inc.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saffron-s-reads
Greta the goat knits a monster to show she is an excellent knitter; however things get a little out of hand.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a quick and fun story about a goat who is good at knitting...maybe a little too good.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
For all you knitters out there, be careful what you create! this is a quirky story with clever illustrations.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very cute and imaginative story about a llama whose knit items come to life.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clever and a bit scary.
Rebecca Gomez
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I like this book a lot. It's quirky, funny, a bit dark, and it has a little hint of an open ending that will be fun for young readers.
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