Otto Goes North

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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. His friends decide to knit him a sweater.

Otto Goes North is a cozy story about friendship across borders and knitting—follow the animals as they collect fur, spin and dye yarn, find a pattern, and knit a sweater.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2019
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV068000, JUV039060, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8.5 x 11
Lexile 570
ATOS Reading Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 506057
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


School Library Journal

“A perfect story to pair with a lesson on fiber art or dyeing. Recommended for general purchase and for makerspaces everywhere.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Good friends and a how-to-manual on knitting warm hearts.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Ulrika Kestere

Ulrika Kestere is a photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer. Her first children's book was translated into multiple languages, and this is her second. Kestere was born in Latvia and lives in Sweden.