The Twist-a-Roo

A modern spin on “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” this warm-spirited, woodland tale celebrates the power of community and coming together to share in times of need.

Winter is fast approaching the forest and everyone is storing food for a long hibernation, except Badger who is determined to find something fun to play with during the cold months ahead. After poking around in people town, Badger finds a Twist-a-Roo. It makes flashy shapes, splashy shapes, and shapes that slide and slip! It’s perfect for brightening Badger’s den with lots of color. But when the snow starts piling on deeper and deeper, Badger’s cupboards go bare! All that razzle dazzle can’t fill her belly. Then…knockity-knock. Someone’s at the door!

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About the Author

Kathleen Doherty is a Reading Specialist and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. She’s written standardized test items for Pearson, Inc. in alignment with the Common Core Standards. She’s also won the Highlights Pewter Plate Award, the Highlights Celebrate National Poetry Contest, and a letter of merit from SCBWI’s Magazine Merit Competition.

Kathleen donates her author earnings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

About the Illustrator

Kristyna graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and now lives in a beautiful village in Yorkshire. She draws quickly to give an energetic line quality to her illustrations, sometimes adding colour and textures digitally. She is constantly experimenting with new ways of mark making and enjoys working with a huge range of material, including textiles and ceramics.


“A fun—and kinder—reinvention of an old tale.” featured on Kirkus Reviews’ recommended list

“Whimsical wintry scenes…with airtight pacing and a beautiful ending, it’s sure to be a story hour favorite.School Library Journal

“Bright pinks and yellows jump out from moody teal backdrops that evoke the chill of winter.”Foreword Reviews

“This book will inspire discussions among children about who is right; with airtight pacing and a beautiful ending, it’s sure to be a story hour favorite.”—School Library Journal