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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.


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

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

A beautifully illustrated book with fantastic rhyme.

Little Treasures

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


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 26, 2018

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • Fishpond
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.co.nz

Awards and Recognition

  • New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
    Best Picture Book
  • Storylines Notable Picture Book Award
    A Storylines Notable Picture Book

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