What Rollo Did Next…
Ciaran J Curley
– Written & Illustrated by Ciaran J. Curley (Irish Author & Illustrator)
“What Rollo Did Next…” is a story about acceptance, prejudice, friendship, loneliness and inclusiveness. It is aimed at 0-5 year olds and contains valuable lessons, contributing towards introducing good values during the critical early years of a child’s development.
The story tells a tale about a young bear cub named Rollo, who goes on holiday with his family to ‘Bearland’. Whilst initially feeling sad & lonely without his friends, things quickly change when Rollo receives an invite to play from an unlikely source. Despite Rollo negatively prejudging another bear, he was very grateful when that same bear included him in games with the rest of the bears. From there, friendships are formed. When Rollo returns home, he is faced with a similar scenario, except ‘the shoe is on the other paw’. drawing from his experiences in Bearland, how will Rollo react?
This book highlights the importance of people being inclusive and accepting of others whom they may consider ‘different’ to them, whether it be in relation to cultures, creeds, religions, sexuality, ways of life etc. Rather than treating people with suspicion or fear, and perhaps unfairly prejudging people, this book encourages the reader to embrace differences and diversity.
‘What Rollo Did Next…’ attempts to deliver this message in a very simplistic, child friendly way via a children’s picture book format. Whilst the story is based on the author’s personal experience, it is told in a way that is both honest to the overall message but also engaging to younger readers. I have also worked hard to ensure that the illustrations compliment the story being told and are visually appealing to children and adults alike.
Seller BioSold by: Ciaran J Curley
(My wife, son & I beside an electricity box that I was commissioned to paint with a page from 'What Rollo Did Next...'About the Author: My name is Ciaran J. Curley. I am a Children's Author & Illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland. I am proud Father of one and a husband. Outside of Family life, I have many interests such as playing the banjo, Irish literature & history and training, however, my true passion lies within Children's literature & illustrations. Whilst I have always had a passion for art & story telling, ever since becoming a Father in 2020, this has magnified hugely. I love an engaging Children's story that ignites imaginations, delivers a message and has fun, colourful illustrations. I base my stories on real life events, however, I attempt to deliver the message in a simplistic, child friendly way via a children’s picture book format. I try to tell a story in a way that is both honest to the overall message but also engaging to younger readers. I have also worked hard to ensure that the illustrations compliment the story being told and are visually appealing to children and adults alike. I hope you enjoy my work and I am very happy to receive feedback. Thank you. Inspirations include:
- Debi Gliori (Author & Illustrator)
- Julia Donaldson (Author)
- Giles Andreae (Author)
- Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)
- Tom Percival (Author & Illustrator)
- Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
5 reviews for What Rollo Did Next…
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Ailish Reid –
My twin girls absolutely love this book. It is a wonderful read and it encourages a good discussion around the importance of including others. The illustrations are really engaging and the girls often go through the book on their own looking at the visuals and making up some new stories!
K. Carroll –
A delightful children’s book beautifully and imaginatively illustrated. This happy story is about Rollo a young bear, and two of his friends, and how they help each other to care for others who feel left out of things or find it hard to make friends. Ideal for bedtime reading, the rhyming lines add to the enjoyment.
Kate Kenna –
Love this book, my 3 little ones really enjoy reading it. Have bought more as they are wonderful gifts. Looking forward to more from this author
Rioghna Moggan –
A firm favourite in our house with my four and two year old boy and girl. Sends home a lovely message. The kids get great joy out of passing and waving to a painting of Rolo and his parents at a junction that is local to where we live. Would recommend.
Sarah Hazel (verified owner) –
My two children love rollo! I loved reading this book to my children because of the lovely and important message of including those who are new or on their own. It was a lovely book of friendship and my kids particularly loved the beautiful illustrations. I would highly recommend this book. My children are six and four for reference.