Nana Duck


The blurb: Ellie is excited to spend the night at Nana and Grandad's house but is Nana all that she seems?

The story: A beautifully illustrated and light-hearted picture book. Nana Duck is set in North Staffordshire (England) and is based on people in our area calling each other "Duck". The book includes canals, oatcakes and "Ay-up Duck" so is strongly evocative of this area. It is a fun tale that also celebrates the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.

The story behind the story:

Nana Duck was my first book, so it will always have a special place in my heart. The majority of the ideas came to me when pushing my daughter up and down our local canal towpath to get her to sleep.  

When writing, I pictured the illustrations in the style of Sarah Croker, a locally based illustrator. I was so happy when she wanted to work on this project and Nana Duck was born.

It was a finalist in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Awards (for self-published authors) and the local Arnold Bennett Prize 2018.

‘A wonderfully sweet story. A finalist and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

We donate 50p per printed copy of Nana Duck sold to our wonderful local hospice, the DougieMac, in memory of my Nana, Nellie Williams.

The canal scene


About Sarah:

Sarah Croker

Sarah is based near me in Stone and I knew of her work long before I had the idea for Nana Duck. When I was writing the story the illustrations I pictured were in Sarah's style so I was thrilled when she agreed to work with me and we made my first book together.

Since then we've become firm friends and Sarah worked on Rescue Me with Dave and I, in the role of book designer.

Sarah is also a wonderful portrait artist, capturing families in her fun style. You can see more of her work on her website.

Sarah has recently completed the illustrations for my 4th book, Felipe's Choice, and I can't wait to see a printed copy! Join Felipe's mailing list for exciting news as I prepare to launch a pre-order campaign soon.

Wishing Shelf Award Finalist 2017

Nana Duck is now available as an e-book and print.