My Nanna is a Ninja

A humorous and engaging picture book celebrating our much-loved nannas from a talented author and illustrator team. Some nannas dress in blue and bake sweet apple pies. Other nannas sing to music in their cars, while others like to ride on wild horses. But what if your nanna dressed all in black and tiptoed through the night? What if she somersaulted all day long? What if your nanna was a … ninja?

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This fun, poetic picture book portrays the many different guises, faces and personalities that nannas can have and demonstrates the significance of their role in the modern family. DAMON YOUNG is a Melbourne-based philosopher, author and commentator. His previous books include: Distraction: A Philosopher’s Guide to Being Free and Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness. He regularly publishes opinions, commentaries and reviews in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Australian Literary Review, The Herald-Sun and for the BBC, and is a regular columnist for the ABC and The Canberra Times. He also writes poetry and fiction for Overland and Meanjin magazines. He has two children, Nikos and Sophia, who keep him up to date on the things that children like and don’t like! PETER CARNAVAS grew up in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. He later became a primary school teacher and taught at Clermont State School. It was during his time as a teacher that Peter began to immerse himself in picture books and take his storytelling a little more seriously. Peter’s first book, Jessica’s Box, was published in 2008. It was shortlisted for the 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the 2009 CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators. He has since written and illustrated many picture books, which have been translated into languages such as German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch. Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters and a scruffy dog that occasionally escapes.

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