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A laugh-aloud picture book celebrating nannas everywhere from author Damon Young and illustrator Peter Carnavas.

Some nannas dress in pink when they jog around the track.

But my nanna is a ninja … so she dresses up in black.


All nannas are different.

But what if your nanna was really different? What if your nanna was a ninja?


My Nanna is a Ninja is published in Australia by UQP, in the USA by Scholastic, and in South Korea by Awesome World.

Praise for the book:

"This is a lively book that reaffirms what every kid knows but adults tend to forget: grandmothers are loads of fun." - The Australian

"Celebrating difference in simple rhymes, it's a funny look at challenging stereotypes." - The Age/Sydney Morning Herald

"This rambunctious book unashamedly blurs the lines between imagination and reality, wish fulfilment, and the secret life of grandmothers." - Australian Book Review

 "This vividly illustrated laugh-aloud book is abundant with rich, descriptive language that allows the story to flow beautifully." - Children's Book Council of Australia

", poetic picture book" - Readings 

" well as the laugh-out-loud humour that explodes from every page, this is also a very clever reminder that grandparents come in all shapes and sizes, and that each 'version' has something special to offer." - Kids' Book Review

"Young children will really enjoy this book..." - Every Child

"Kids will laugh out loud as each nanna is shown....This is a tale full of the love of life..." - ReadPlus

"An amusing and poetic picture book that will make you laugh aloud." - Mother and Baby

"A great story to read aloud with its rhymes and rhythms.... This is the first picture book by Young. Let’s hope it’s not his last. " - Buzz Words 

"...celebrates how unique, vibrant and special all nannas are.... Lots of fun!" - Little Friends 


"This story is so imaginative, and very funny. ... Awesome pictures make this story jump out of the page." - Mumabytes

"A humour-filled picture book in rhyme, celebrating difference, the grandparent-grandchild relationship and, of course, ninjas." - Aussie Reviews 

"Author and illustrator team, Damon Young and Peter Carnavas are one of those combinations that work. Together, they have fashioned a laugh-out-loud picture book that captures the very essence of Nanna-Dom without once pigeon-holing our ideas of the beloved grandmother." - Boomarang Books

 "This is a fun, poetic picture book that portrays the many guises, faces and personalities that nannas can have. It also challenges some of the basic assumptions we are guilty of making every day about who and what people should do..." - Newcastle Herald 

"...sure to delight young and old alike and would make an ideal present for a grandchild." - Victorian Country Woman


"...this cheerful book... A good choice for encouraging discussions on familial relationships..." - Magpies 

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