Ginger Nut by Chani McBain


Ginger Nut by Chani McBain

Calum McGregor is a blond boy in a ginger family. His mum and dad have red hair, his big sister and brother have red hair, his grandpa had red hair before he went bald, and he even has a cat called Ginger. Calum is fed up with being the odd one out, so he takes matters into his own hands and decides to make his hair ginger. He tries eating carrots, drinking Irn-Bru, and colouring his hair with felt tips. He even puts his poor cat on his head! But all his hair-brained plans fail. Is Calum destined to always be the odd one out? Or will he learn that there's more to life than being ginger? A sweet and very funny picture book, with a refreshingly positive attitude towards being ginger.


'This funny story is wonderfully brought to life by Joanne Nethercott's action-filled illustrations.'

. 'A funny story about coming to terms with being the way you are.

'A funny, delightful story with the message that being different can be great.'

'A modern morality tale, Ginger Nut deals with the important issues that children can have to deal with when they look or feel different to those around them. The book, which is both beautifully illustrated and well written, is a perfect bed-time story which will delight children and adults alike.'

,June/July 2011 'Calum's complaints might be those of any child searching for his place in a family. Cartoon faces with shades of red hair fill scenes revealed from varying perspectives as readers watch the boy's futile attempts to change his appearance and the continuing antics or midair acrobatics of the family cat, Ginger. The resolution to the child's predicament as he discovers his other attributes is likely to find understanding and acceptance among younger readers.' --School Library Journal Reviews, January 2012

About the Author

Chani McBain was brought up in Renfrewshire and moved to Glasgow to study at the University of Strathclyde. She now lives in Edinburgh where she works in publishing. Chani is a redhead from a family where gingers outnumber everyone else. Ginger Nut is her first book. Joanne Nethercott is originally from Northern Ireland. She moved to Scotland in 2001 to study illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. She has had work commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland. She lives in Edinburgh and works from her studio at home.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

7th April 2011



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