A NINJA Nana has become an internet sensation – and also helped raise money for a local charity into the bargain.
Ninja Nana is a book written by Shirley resident Adam Jones for his two sons, Finley, aged eight, and Dylan, 19 months.
And it’s inspired by his own mum Annette, the boys’ grandmother, who he says, with three brothers, had quite a tough upbringing.
“I came up with the idea about three months ago while I was visiting my parents,” said Adam.
“I told Finley about it, about his Nana really being a secret Ninja and just started writing.
“It’s a rhyming book, and then illustrator Charlotte Mercer really brought the story to life.”
The book also gave Adam and his wife Claire the opportunity to help local charity Shirley Mutual Aid.
“A few weeks into lockdown we had a card through the door asking if we needed any shopping, or prescriptions collected and asking for volunteers,” said Adam, who works in the energy industry.
“We very much appreciate the charity and the work it has been doing.
“I said I couldn’t donate time but I could donate some money, and offered the first day’s sales of Ninja Nana, which did pretty well.”
The Rev Paul Day, chair of Shirley Mutual Aid, said: “Adam’s donation is most welcome. “Over the months we must have helped more than 300 people.
“We have also seen a lot of true friendships develop between the volunteers and the people they call.
“They’ve become true friends, which has been wonderful.”
As a follow-up Ninja Nana Adam’s already working on four short stories, including one called Pirate Pappy inspired by his Dad, Ray.
As for Annette, known as Netty, she’s delighted with her new found Ninja persona.
“She loves it,” said Adam.
Ninja Nana is available from Amazon priced £5.99 in paperback, and £2.99 in Kindle format.
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