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  • Published: 26 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143770541
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $15.99

Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter

Based on true events, a lively picture book about a sprightly granny who knits warm jumpers for little blue penguins after the oil spill following the wrecking of the Rena, with illustrations by the winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award.

But did Granny stop knitting?
Oh no, she did not!
She kept right on knitting . . .
like it or not!

Granny McFlitter’s family have had enough of her knitting.

But when a ship runs aground, spilling oil into the sea, a call goes out for small jumpers for the shivery rescued penguins. It’s the moment Granny has been waiting for!

A sparkling environmental story with award-winning illustrations that is sure to warm hearts and feathers.

  • Published: 26 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143770541
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $15.99

About the authors

Heather Haylock

As a child, Heather Haylock could often be found reading a book while sitting on her horse, or perched way up high in a tree. She lives in Auckland where she has the best task in the world – helping five year olds learn to read books too. (But in a classroom, not on a horse or in a tree.)
Heather loves the challenge of knitting words into stories. She is the author of Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, which was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the Best Picture Book category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Now, thanks to her research for Granny McFlitter, Heather is also able to knit yarn into jumpers. If you want to find her, try looking up. She may be reading or writing a book, or knitting a jumper, way up high in a tree.

Lael Chisholm

Lael Chisholm has loved drawing ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. After years of scribbling and doodling at school, home and any other place where a pen and paper was handy, she decided to call her scrawls art, and to share them with the world. Nowadays she spends her free time drawing at her home in Feilding, New Zealand.

Praise for Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter

Granny is a delight and her clear and obvious addiction to knitting provides good, mad story fodder to go with the book’s exuberantly illustrated characters.

Greg Bruce, Weekend Herald


Colleen Thorpe, Hawkes Bay Weekend

A beautifully illustrated book with fantastic rhyme.

Little Treasures

You possibly wouldn’t predict that this book was about protecting the environment from the title, but it is! Great rhyme and awesome - already award-winning - illustrations from a first time writer / illustrator combination.

Sarah Forster, The Sapling

Underlying the fun tale is a more serious message about care of the environment and what individuals can do to help to restore animals' health. Beautiful in layout . . . a terrific story read aloud to your young children. Rhyming and rhythmic, big new words to enrich vocabulary and set the brain waves whizzing – it’s all here to be discovered.

Sue's Reviews, Wairarapa Times-Age

Trust Penguin NZ to publish a book about little blue penguins and the unsinkable grandmum who knits jumpers for them! In this delightful tale, Granny McFlitter doesn't flinch following the wrecking of the Rena and the oil spill which follows. Instead, Granny goes full speed ahead to help save the day in her own way. Complete with illustrations by Storylines Gavin Bishop Award-winner, Lael Chisholm


Awards & recognition

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Shortlisted  •  2018  •  Best Picture Book

Storylines Notable Picture Book Award

Awarded  •  2019  •  A Storylines Notable Picture Book

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