Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, R.A. Spratt.
R.A. Spratt is a prolific author and television writer. She exudes energy and enthusiasm not only through her writing but also in her zest for life. Her unique ability to inspire and engage children through comic genius has aligned her to the likes of literary greats, including the beloved Roald Dahl.
Spratt’s Nanny Piggins and Friday Barnes series of books have become a phenomenon amongst young audiences and parents alike. In the same manner as other efficacious authors, within her books, Spratt adeptly injects glimmers of her own personality, which naturally captivates and charms her readers through her sincere portrayals. Nanny Piggins rebellious outlook and Friday Barnes appreciation of a porkpie hat are both illustrative of Spratt’s own delightful persona.
Spratt was born in Essex, UK and raised in Epping, Sydney. She currently lives in Bowral, NSW with her husband, two daughters three chickens, two goldfish, and a desperately needy dog. Apart from writing superbly enthralling knee slapping books, she is fond of gardening and napping. However, with leisure time at minimum she rarely gets the chance to do either. She has also confessed to a newfound obsession with CrossFit that is reflective of the vim she radiates, as those fortunate are able to witness at her author talks, with fanfare of trumpets and highly theatrical readings.
Spratt started out writing political satire (for shows such as Good News Week, BackBerner and Life Support) before moving onto sketch comedy pre-school drama and animation. She has spent more than 15 years working in children's television, which has guided her on her children’s book writing journey. Working in television, she was able to witness what was lacking in children’s educational programs, a good dose of humour and playfulness, which are the key ingredients that make children unique. This eventually led Spratt to create the outlandishly wicked flying circus pig, Nanny Piggins, who not only fascinated children because of her bold and comical ways but because she condoned eating chocolate before and after breakfast, similar to Spratt’s great influence Roald Dahl who ate a chocolate bar after every meal. Nanny Piggins provides audiences with refreshingly silly content, which amuses, uplifts and tickles the imagination.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins was Spratt’s first book, published in Australia in March 2009 and later in the US in August 2010, the book was judged by the American Library Association’s publication Booklist as the ‘Top of the List’, best youth fiction for 2010. Nanny Piggins is now up to her ninth adventure where she has kindly provided a guide to conquering Christmas.
Friday Barnes, Girl Detective was released in 2014. Full of mystery and intrigue with Spratt’s signature balance of frivolity and glee, the Friday Barnes books swiftly gained popularity. Set in a boarding school, 11-year old, Friday Barnes emulates the sleuth characteristics of Sherlock Holmes on her quest to crack the great mysteries including the disappearance of homework. Friday Barnes is currently solving her sixth mystery as Friday Barnes, Danger Ahead was released earlier this year.
As Friday Barnes solves the mystery, the question of what the R in R.A. stands for has been explained; Spratt’s first name is Rachel.
There is so much to admire about Spratt. She is ingenious, original, enlivening and riveting. She brings a witty lightness that leaves her audience, of all ages, charmed.
We are all at the edge of our seat, ready for our next Spratt encounter.
You can read more about the award winning R.A. Spratt here: raspratt.com
Introduction by Jaqueline de Rose-Ahern
Take a look at some of R.A. Spratt's books