ARC Review | Not So Risky Roo by Robert Sutton

Not So Risky Roo: A Home Safety Guide by [Robert A. Sutton]

Book Details

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Age group: 3-7 years

Grade level: P – 3

Pages: 37

Publication date: February 7, 2020

Format: Kindle

Book Links


Amazon India (Kindle): (Kindle):

Reedsy Discovery:

Book Depository:


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.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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:

About the Author

Robert A. Sutton

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

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.