Ginger Nut

Chani McBain; Illustrated by Joanne Nethercott

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  • A sweet and very funny picture book, with a refreshingly positive attitude towards being ginger.
  • Ginger Nut is full of bright and humorous illustrations that children and parents alike will love.
  • A story of accepting and celebrating our differences.

Calum McGregor is a blond boy in a ginger family. He's fed up with being the odd one out, so decides to take matters into his own hands. A sweet and very funny picture book with a positive message about being different.

254 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
07 Apr 2011
Picture Kelpies


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.'
-- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman, 9th April 2011.

'A funny story about coming to terms with being the way you are.'
-- Juno Magazine, March 2011

'A funny, delightful story with the message that being different can be great.'
-- Creative Steps, Summer 2011

'A modern morality tale... which is both beautifully illustrated and well written, is a perfect bed-time story which will delight children and adults alike.'
-- Ayrshire Reviews,June/July 2011

'Calum's complaints might be those of any child searching for his place in a family... 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


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.


If you loved the illustrations in Ginger Nut, you'll love this picture book, also illustrated by Joanne Nethercott:
Lost at the Zoo by Gill Arbuthnott and Joanne Nethercott

Ginger Nut is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.

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