PO Box 2191
Bowral NSW 2576
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Elizabeth Troyeur & Associates
Creative Artists Representation
16 Princess Avenue
Rosebery NSW 2018
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Phone: 03 9824 0177
Endorsements & Reviews
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins has won Booklist's 'Top of the List' award for best Youth Fiction 2010!
“The Adventures of Nanny Piggins is the most exciting saga about a flying pig nanny ever told. There is a laugh on every page and a lesson in there somewhere. I recommend it highly.”
- Madeleine Albright
(former US Secretary of State)
"A wonderful family read-aloud".
- The New York Public Library has included The Adventures of Nanny Piggins on it's '100 Titles for Reading and Sharing' list (2010).
'Mary Poppins, move over - or get shoved out of the way. Nanny Piggins has arrived...Stuffing adjectives into this review is as easy as watching Nanny Piggins stuff pies into her mouth. This is smart, sly, funny, and marvelously illlustrated with drawings that capture Nanny's sheer pigginess. Readers may worry that this first novel is full of so many stories about Nanny Piggins there won't be enough left for sequels. Never fear. The last line of the book predicts Nanny will be stirring up more adventures, "possibly even before breakfast."'
- Booklist (American Library Association periodical)
"...When petite and porcine Sarah Piggins presents herself as nanny in answer to Green's yard sign, he hires her on the spot. She never been a nanny, but after years as a circus flying pig, she feels nannying can't be harder than being blasted out of a cannon. The three Green children, all good if slightly shy, quickly fall under Nanny Piggins's perky lunatic spell...Spratt's Mary Poppins-cum-Paddington Bear with sprinkling of Snickettian humor makes for a terrific read aloud..."
- Kirkus Reviews
'NANNY PIGGINS CHRISTMAS SHOW!'
7th December 2013, 11am and 2pm
R.A. Spratt and Nanny Piggins will be doing two performances of 'The Nanny Piggins Christmas Show' this year at the Beecroft Children's Bookshop. Tickets are free but booking is highly recommended. Call the shop on 9481 8811 for more details.
'Friday Barnes: Girl Detective' will go on sale in Australia.
'Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion' will go on sale in the USA.
TV shows I have worked on
R. A. Spratt
You are listening to R.A.Spratt reading an extract from Chapter 1 of "The Adventures of Nanny Piggins".
R.A.Spratt is an award-winning writer with fifteen years experience in the television industry writing comedy, pre-school drama and lots of children's animation. R.A. Spratt lives in Bowral, Australia. She used to enjoy bellringing, hapkido and long distance running, but then she had two daughters and has rarely left the house since. She is currently obsessed with electric bicycles, but she is hoping that wears off soon because it is a much more expensive hobby than jogging. R.A. has just finished writing the 8th installment in Nanny Piggins adventures, and was about to start work on a new series 'Friday Barnes - Girl Detective', until she had the idea or writing a Nanny Piggins Christmas Special now she's got to write that first.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
It all starts when Nanny Piggins (the world's most glamorous flying pig) runs away from the circus and goes to live with the Greens as their nanny. The Green children, Derrick, Samantha and Michael, fall in love with her instantly. Who could not fall in love with a Nanny whose only job qualifications are her astonishing ability to be fired out of a cannon and her amazing ability to make chocolate cake, sometimes both at the same time? Then they have some wonderful adventures together. I won't spoil them for you by listing them all here but, suffice to say, they do include catching a serial door knob thief, hiding a 10 foot dancing bear in the basement and being lost at sea en route to China.
Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan
When Mr Green announces his diabolical plan – he has decided to get married – his children (Derrick, Samantha and Michael) are horrified. Especially when they discover his real motive – he wants to get married so he can sack their beloved nanny, Nanny Piggins. Obviously their father has to be stopped, and Nanny Piggins is just the pig to do it. Because you should never ever cross a flying pig. And so, in the process of ruining Mr Green's matrimonial prospects, Nanny Piggins and the children have many exciting adventures – including being blasted across Dead Man's Gorge with an armadillo, breaking into a maximum-security prison in search of Chinese food and fighting a Gypsy Queen over a pit of fire.
Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion
ATTENTION AMERICAN FANS! - Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion (Book 3) is scheduled to go on sale in the US in Spring 2014
With a runaway lion loose in the neighbourhood, Derrick, Samantha and Michael feel scared. Nanny Piggins feels like a slice of cake. And Boris feels like that lion looks strangely familiar. In this third action-packed book of adventures, Nanny Piggins tames a lion and a lion tamer. She also revolutionises the sport of ski jumping, introduces hot-pink leotards to the local Neighbourhood Watch, demonstrates trapeze skills on a moving bus, plays badminton with a wok and teaches Shakespeare a thing or two about how to write a play. All while thwarting Mr Green's attempt to send her favourite children to Nicaragua (she does find it wearisome having to put him in his place constantly). And yet somehow she still finds time to bake lots and lots of cake.
Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-Off
Derrick, Samantha and Michael should be in school. Instead they find themselves in NASA's space shuttle, which Nanny Piggins manages to accidentally launch, blasting them all into outer space. This time she has gone too far. In this thrilling fourth instalment of her adventures, Nanny Piggins wrestles with a crocodile, bungy jumps of the roof using the elastic from Mr Green's underpants, staples chicken wire over their chimney to keep out Santa, captures an apricot danish loving jewel thief and rescues her brother, Boris, from an onslaught of professional wrestlers.
Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster
In book five of her enthralling adventures, Nanny Piggins discovers some startling truths about the ruthless Ringmaster, provides counselling to a Molavadian princess with pre-wedding jitters, inadvertently wins a Nobel Prize while impersonating her sister and catches up with her favourite 4 tonne friend, Esmeralda the forgetful elephant.
Nanny Piggins and the Pursuit of Justice
Nanny Piggins gets in trouble with the law after some illicit tight rope walking, and is sentenced to 5000 hours community service. But she isn't the type of pig to take her punishment lying down, not when there are old people to rescue, pirates to impersonate and a great big bus to borrow.
Nanny Piggins and the Daring Rescue
When Mr Green rings from a tropical island, begging to be rescued, Nanny Piggins first instinct is to say ‘no’. However, a principle is at stake. No-one kidnaps her employer – at least not without written permission from her. So Nanny Piggins sets out to save the hapless tax lawyer, and to do so she must first dabble in a spot of bungy jumping, deceive immigration officials wearing a fake moustache and seduce the President with her most powerful weapon – the dance of the seven cakes
Nanny Piggins and the Race to Power
In this riveting eighth instalment of Nanny Piggins adventures, she sets out to thwart Mr Green's political ambitions by running for mayor herself. Her mission - to proudly fight for 'Liberty, Equality and Cake!'
Is democracy safe? Probably not. Will Nanny Piggins give everyone in the electorate diabetes from too much cake? Most likely. But in doing so she has many tremendous adventures along the way - including a diabolical fun run, being trapped in a sabotagued lift, faking seismic activity, safeguarding the local vacant lot and beating the world pole vault record.
Nanny Piggins' Guide to Conquering Christmas
Friday Barnes - Girl Detective
Where to Buy the Books
In the USA
'The Adventures of Nanny Piggins' and 'Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan' is available through all good book stores, or you can buy it online using any one of these links...
If you live in the US and you want to buy the Australian editions of the books
There are a variety of options. But probably the best way is to use an Australian online bookseller that ships internationally (several are listed below). Unforunately there are no cheap options. This is due to the historically high value of the Australian dollar, the increased cost of shipping a book to the US since the introduction of the security levy on packages over 500grams and the fact that we just pay more for books in Australia because we have a much smaller economy. At best, to buy a book this way will probably cost somewhere in the region of $28 to $36 (US dollars) per book depending on which bookseller you use and how many books you buy.
In Australia and New Zealand
The Nanny Piggins books are available through all good book shops and department stores. If your local bookshop doesn’t have it in stock, ask (politely) and they should order it in for you. Alternatively you can buy them online at booktopia.com.au, dymocks.com.au, abbeys.com.au, bigw.com.au, fishpond.com.au and many more.
If you'd like to buy a signed copy of one of my books you can contact 'The Children's Bookshop' in Beecroft (Sydney, Australia) by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 02 9481 881. Paul (the guy who runs the Beecroft Bookshop) also said he will give a 10% discount off the retail price of my books to anyone who says I referred them. Alternatively you can email Elizabeth at Macarthur Education which is an online bookshop email@example.com she will charge reccomended retail price for the books and Australia Post shipping rates.
Interesting Facts about R.A. Spratt
(of the type that inexplicably appear in biographies)
R.A. lives in a house with nine goldfish, two chickens, two daughters and a husband.
R.A.’s hobbies include making lots of money and sleeping. Sadly, she rarely gets to do either.
R.A. has a blackbelt in Hapkido. Yes, she could kill you with her bare hands.
R.A. travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia before realizing she was agoraphobic and never wanted to do that again.
R.A. likes to walk along the beach at sunset. But not too far, otherwise it gets dark and it’s hard to find your way back again.
R.A.Spratt is R.A.Spratt's real name. She has a birth certificate to prove it.
Unlike Mr Green, R.A. Spratt really does have a severe allergy to hazelnuts and walnuts.