Rooey started riding with me when my grandchildren were born. His purpose was three-fold:
The first few books were written to be read out loud, but as my grandchildren grew so too did Rooey. The books have become more educational, more inline with instilling a sense of adventure.
I haven't given up on them supporting the Saints or riding motorbikes; that's why there's a lot of red, white and black in the books and always a reference to riding, but if Rooey can motivate them to explore, discover and be excited about the world around them, then he's done his job.
To help them develop a love for reading, Rooey hides himself in every photo and my grandchildren have to find him. Yeah, just like 'Where's Wally'.
After talking it over with Rooey, we've decided to offer the books to all grandchildren, with all the profits from the sale of books donated to Maddie Riewoldt's Vision. Maddie was the sister of former St Kilda captain, Nick Riewoldt, who was just 26 when she died of complications of a Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome called Aplastic Anaemia. Maddie's Vision has a single focus: to fund the urgent needs in medical research that will discover improved treatments and a cure.
To purchase books email me via the contact section at the bottom of the Home Page.
Each book costs $40 (discounts available if you buy extra books).
For 71 years Queensland was part of New South Wales, then in 1859 Queen Victoria in London, England allowed it to breakaway and to honour her they named their new state Queensland. They would’ve preferred Victoria but that name had been claimed by the area south of New South Wales.
Western Australia, covering 2.6 million square kilometres, is the largest state in Australia and the second largest state in the world. For this adventure I visited towns like Dalwallinu, Nannup and Marble Bar, the hottest town in the country. I travelled across Ngadju land and visited the home of the Wardandi people.
Before the first people from England came to Australia, the Aboriginal people who lived here didn't need lines on a map to divide the country. For their borders they used rivers and mountains, and relied on their Dreamtime stories.The English people wanted lines on a map and New South Wales was the first state in Australia.
For this adventure I stayed at home. I didn't want to, but I wasn't allowed to go anywhere because of a little creature called The Virus. I'll show you how I managed to avoid The Virus, even when it came very close. Remember to look for me in every photo, even in the toilet paper aisle when we were allowed to go shopping.
For this adventure I sailed on a boat, I camped on a beach, I rode a monster motorbike, I flew over water and I fed a giant kangaroo. I even became famous. People asked me, "aren't you Rooey?"
This was a really amazing adventure, travelling in the outback. It's enormous. It's bigger than Disneyland. I saw massive rocks, crocodiles and camped in the desert. I had to be very careful not to get lost.
This was a really big adventure, right across the country. I rode through mud and rivers. But best of all I met the Tin family; Tin Man, Tin Mum and Tin Son. I pretended to be the Wizard of Oz.