CJA’s Children’s Books

Download “Terence the Ugly Duckling” for free (pdf, mobi (for Kindle) or EPUB) – a heart-warming story for young children with beautiful artwork by Nat Turner. If you download the EPUB for your iPad, you can listen to the author reading the story or click the audio player below to listen on-line.



Mr. MacGregor had a new hat. It was a very expensive hat and his wife said it made him look very elegant and important. Mrs. MacGregor had given it to him as a birthday present. She had been so fed up seeing him with the old battered cap he used to wear. Mr. MacGregor’s old hat was now perched on the head of a scarecrow in the bottom paddock. Most people agreed that it suited the scarecrow better than it had ever suited Mr. MacGregor.

This is a children’s story suitable for children of all ages. The beautiful pictures are by Nat Turner.

Purchase the “Mr. MacGregor’s Hat” E-Book (pdf, mobi (for kindle) or EPUB formats) US$1.99

If you are buying the EPUB version for your iPad, you can choose a version with an audio file of the author reading the book.


Long ago, before the invention of supermarkets or even sliced bread, things were very different from the way they are today. The Wild Wood covered much of the land. People entered the Wild Wood at their own risk: the signs said so. At every pathway entering the wood there was a sign. “Enter at your own risk,” it said. “Trespassers will be eaten,” it continued. “Beware of the trolls,” it warned.

These are old-style fairy tales for children aged 7 years and up. They are beautifully illustrated in the classic manner by Caitlin Hogan. Many adventures take place in the Wild Wood. They involve children, elves, goblins, trolls, and a lady who might be a witch. Don’t forget Gorf the frog, who yearns to be kissed by a beautiful princess, but instead is kissed by a lost, very poor girl.

Listen to the author read one of the stories – ‘Which Hazel’


Purchase the “Tales from the Wild Wood” E-Book (pdf, mobi (for kindle) or EPUB formats) US$2.99

Tristan Throttlethwaite is from the planet Arcadia, in the constellation of Orion. However, he doesn’t know that. Tristan Throttlethwaite is his Earth name. If you think that is difficult to spell, you should see his real name. In Arcadian, his name has thirty‑five letters, with five Qs, six Xs and seven Zs. It is quite unpronounceable.

Tristan was stranded on Earth as a baby when his father’s company space ship crashed. His father was an intergalactic travelling salesman who sold spare parts for Milky Way Spaceships Limited. He had decided to take his family away with him on a business trip and had mistaken Earth for a similar, but more advanced planet, fifty light years away. (Actually he had been map reading and had got the galaxy planet atlas upside down.)

What happened to Tristan’s parents is something of a mystery (and another story). However, Tristan was alone and lost in a strange place. After many adventures and hardships he was taken in by Harry & Mary Throttlethwaite and brought up as their own son.

Tris is now 7 years old ‑ Earth years that is. (In Arcadian he would be 21 as there are only 120 days in a year. Imagine having a birthday, Christmas, Easter, and holidays every four months. There wouldn’t be much time left for school.) The Throttlethwaites have just started a take‑away food business in a sleepy sugarcane town in North Queensland.

Tristan is growing up just like any other normal boy. Little does anyone know that at age 21, Arcadian children begin to develop unusual powers and need special training in how to use them. The sleepy little town is about to be woken up.

Great reading for children 6 to 10 years. US$2.99 available as EPUB (for iPad), mobi (for Kindle), and pdf files.