This new series provides a lovely Australian slant on the lift-the-flap board books.
Roobee Roo is a young kangaroo, drawn in a reminiscent way to characters that you may remember, such as Miffy or Spot, with simple and very colourful artwork. The stories are also simple, yet very endearing, as Roobee Roo shares what’s in her pouch.
‘I have two big ears for listening. Two big eyes for seeing. Two big feet for hopping. And one big pouch that fills up with new things every day.’ I wonder what her pouch will hold today? Sometimes it’s crayons or snacks for filling up her tummy. Sometimes it’s just Fliffy Fluffy Parrot inside. Other times it’s things she needs for her adventures, from picking berries to put in her basket before she hops off to make ice-blocks, or items she needs for a day at the beach! She’s always heading off for fun with her friends.
With flaps to lift and adventures to be had, these board books have a feeling of ‘Bluey’ about them. I think Roobee Roo may have a long career ahead of her.
Reviewed by Jane Stephens
Age Guide 0+
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Nico and Candy Robertson are a husband-and-wife creative duo originally from New Zealand and Hong Kong, but now living on a thickly forested hill in Mount Helen, Victoria. They met in high school art class in the year 2000, the distant future, in Collaroy, Sydney. They shared an ice-cream in Manly, shopped for Roxy swimsuits at the Corso, got a puppy in Neutral Bay, and the rest is history. At one point or other, at a cool old building in Melbourne, they both became Robertsons.
Their toy designs have been stocked everywhere from one-star-rated eBay sellers to fancy museums like MoMA, NYC. They’ve had work featured alongside some pretty famous brands, but they’re most proud of being on wedding and birthday cakes.