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On the way to Nana's


Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali take us counting backwards from FIFTEEN to ONE on this spectactular journey in the far north of WA. When Frances and Lindsay lived with their family in Broome, they often set out to visit Nana in the tiny outback town of Wyndham over 1,000 km north. These road trips took them across the magnificent Kimberley landscape and inspired this counting story. From bulbous boabs and wild brumbies to weary travellers, flying magpie geese and flowing waterfalls, David Hardy’s striking illustrations capture the awe and excitement of this special family adventure.


Praise for On the way to Nana's

"This is an accomplished, extremely appealing, tale of travelling to Nana’s house."

Boomerang Books


"Magabala books are to be congratulated for celebrating the country of the Kimberley in a way that children can access and enjoy so thoroughly. The illustrations are detailed, dramatic, richly coloured and inviting for those little fingers that will want to count those termite mounds, those magpie geese and the grazing cattle."

CBCA Reading Time

Frances Haji-Ali

Frances Haji-Ali is an educator. She has worked in Catholic schools across the Kimberley and is currently a school principal in Perth. Frances is a non-Indigenous collaborator.

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Lindsay Haji-Ali

Lindsay Haji-Ali is a descendant of the Yawuru/Karajarri people of the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is an accomplished artist and his designs and artworks are held in private and corporate collections.

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David Hardy

David Hardy is an Indigenous artist with more than eight years of animation experience with Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is a freelance illustrator, specialising in character design, portraits and caricatures.

Whilst at Walt Disney Animation Studios, David had the...

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