Book Talk: The Tales of Nana Nini: Nana Knows by Susan Edie Ashe


Play, as they say, holds the key to sheer happiness when it comes to children with their fanciful imagination. Tales of adventure and fun continue to enthrall them, and craving for more entertaining stories to quench their curiosity propelled Susan to write her first book, The Tales of Nana Nini: Nana Knows.


What makes the book interesting is how the author closes the gap between the main character, Nana Nini, a dynamic boomer, and Eden, her only human granddaughter, who reminds her of Dora, the Explorer. Together, with her two 'furry' grandchildren, Murphy and Roxy, take the readers into a joyful ride of refreshing scenes from the Tonto National Forest in Arizona to Colorado's mountain resort and the inherent animated dialogues that would leave cartoon lovers in awe.


This fun-fiction centers on the ever-dynamic Granny Nana, who always loves the road trips spending recreational activities with Eden and the two dogs—the gangs, as equally passionate as her—welcome the fun-filled moments with gusto. The young readers would surely have fun water sliding by the oak creek at Slide Rock State Park; go camping in the Superstition Mountain; go kayaking; watching the wild horses; hiking along the trails; horseback riding; skiing in the Colorado Mountain.


At a glance, based on the picturesque setting, readers can imagine the pristine beauty of the mountains and the vibrant colors of the sky, from the crisp blue sky with white puffy clouds to a soft pale orange to a picture-perfect red sunset.


But things do not go as planned—from the unexpected incident that made Nana's huge granny panties ending up on cacti— to catching up a coyote pup and other funny incidents involving Nana, would make readers, young and old, love Nana.


Expect disappointment from the kids and see how they tease Nana for her uncanny, old-fashioned ways, telling her 'what a bummer' she is — which brings to the reality how some children of this generation having difficulty understanding the sentiments and feelings of their old folks. But, luckily, things turned out well.


Nana, a sporty, groovy granny with her level-headedness and vivacious attitude, is one delightful character who could indeed bridge the generation gap.


Interestingly, the author adopts the word moxymobile vehicle (a combination of Roxy and Murphy and why she names them 'roaring Roxy (an Affenpinscher mixed breed) and might Murphy (a Dandie Dinmont mixed breed). Find out why Nana says in each chapter—Nana Knows You're...Sparkle-Worthy, Gold-Worthy, Ski-Worthy, River-Worthy, and Sleep-Worthy.


As you read along, picture yourself in the setting with Indiana Jones or Captain Jack Sparrow to solve how the jewelry got on the Plum's neck; if not, you could solve the mystery like Nancy Drew or Bobbsey twins. For livelier scenes, see captivating color illustrations in the book that add magic to this remarkable narrative.


As depicted in the story, each chapter has Nana Nini's life lessons. She explained the meaning of each, which is impressive enough.

  1. The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

  2. There is more to life than just me. I was made for more.

  3. It makes me feel good to help others.

  4. If it is to be, it is up to me.

  5. Teamwork is dream work.

  6. Prior planning prevents poor performance.


Susan's The Tales of Nana Nini: Nana Knows is well-written with a touch of humor and very sensible not only to the young minds but also to the boom generation.




Reviews and What Readers Say

" Nana Nini was so much fun! My kiddo Athena LOVED the adventures of nana and her grandchildren."

Destini Sandoval, Amazon Reader's Review



" I loved this read. It is a great and colorful book that my 9 year old enjoyed very much. Nana Nini and her grandkids are a hoot!"

Ashley Bullington, Amazon Reader's Review


The Tales of Nana Nini: Nana Knows by Susan Edie Ashe

ISBN 978-1728304717

92 Pages

Review by Issa Nayberg

Disclosure: This article is a personal endorsement of the professional reviewer. The BookWalker is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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About the Author


Susan Edie, a second-generation Arizona native, graduated from Arizona State University. She has had an eclectic career, including as a substitute teacher. She loved reading stories to students, and a book idea about Nana Nini grew from their enthusiasm. Her granddaughter loves her dogs, Murphy and Roxy, and they are central to the stories. This is Susan's first attempt at creative writing, taking on-line courses, seminars, and workshops, including a member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Ms. Ashe spends time outdoors, enjoying Arizona's adventures. With her interior design background, she finds treasures for her home rewarding. She also enjoys helping others, having volunteered at various charities. She lives in Mesa, Arizona, with Roxy, the PP Princess. She practices her life lessons on her two sons and three grandchildren.


Also available: The Tales of Nana Nini: Nana Knows….You’re Sparkleworthy


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