Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Age group: 3-7 years
Grade level: P – 3
Publication date: February 7, 2020
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Risky Roo the Kangaroo is always getting hurt, but a day with his friend Hayden may help turn it all around. Putting on his safety gear and magical badge, Hayden teaches Risky how to avoid some scary situations. Will you take the Safety Pledge with Risky Roo?
Not So Risky Roo is a full color illustrated children’s book written by a safety professional who is also a parent. Using simple terms geared for young readers, this book tackles the top ten hazards around your home that too often lead to emergency room visits. Risky and Hayden’s safety lesson adventure provides a creative, fear-free way to educate through positive interaction between child and parent.
Risky Roo the kangaroo gets into all sorts of scrapes in and around the house. Hayden, his friend, has a magical safety badge which flashes red when he does something risky. He teaches Risky Roo to be careful of the various dangers around the house, such as the cleaning chemicals under the sink, the electrical outlets, the unattended swimming pool, the beehive, the barbecue, and so on.
The author has kept the tone conversational to appeal to young children. However, each page has a rule/instruction so it tends to sound a bit directive. Perhaps the instructions could have been woven into more of a story or the content could have been written in verse.
Nevertheless, the illustrations are eye-catching and colorful. My young son enjoyed looking at them and asking me all about them.
The book ends with a Risky Roo taking a safety pledge, which is essentially a summary of the 10 safety rules discussed in the story.
I would recommend this book to parents of young children to help them stay safe. However, it needs to be read to them in such a way so that they’re not afraid to explore. The author echoes this sentiment perfectly in his bio — “Kids will get scrapes and bruises—that is all part of growing up—but teaching important safety concepts may help prevent life-altering injuries.”
This review was first posted on Reedsy Discovery here: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/not-so-risky-roo-robert-sutton
About the Author
Robert A. Sutton is a Safety Engineer by day and an Author by night. He has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health. As a parent of one, it is the serious injuries he worries about. Kids will get scrapes and bruises–that is all part of growing up–but teaching important safety concepts may help prevent life-altering injuries.
Learn more about Robert at http://www.riskyroo.com