Ginger Nut, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Floris Books
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  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780863158056



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The only blonde member of the Red McGregor family, so known because of their bright red hair, Calum always felt a little different, a little left out. Determined to solve the problem, and to make himself a 'real' McGregor, he attempts a variety of schemes, from eating an excess of carrots to drinking lots of Irn-Bru (a bright orange Scottish soft drink) to make himself a ginger. In despair when nothing seems to work, he gets a surprise when his aunt and uncle come for a visit from Australia. It turns out that Calum has the McGregor nose, and that he's not the only non-ginger McGregor after all...A sweet family story from Chani McBain, who has also penned <u>No Such Thing As Nessie</u>, about a young boy's quest to find the Loch Ness Monster, this charming book is part of Edinburgh-based Floris Books' <i>Picture Kelpies</i> line, intended to highlight and promote Scottish picture-books. Anyone who has ever felt a little out-of-step with their family, or that they didn't belong somehow, will identify with Calum's feelings of frustration. I thought McBain's story offered an interesting twist on issues of identity and belonging, as it is usually red-heads who are in the minority, and who experience prejudice and discrimination, particularly in the UK. The artwork by Joanne Nethercott, who also contributed the illustrations for Gill Arbuthnott's <u>Lost at the Zoo</u> and <u>The Giant Panda Party</u>, are colourful and appealing. I liked the carrot-decorated front end-paper, and the scene in which Calum, depicted in a series of bubbles, induces hiccups in himself by drinking too much Irn-Bru. Recommended to young children struggling with being different, or who feel a little out-of-step with their surroundings.

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