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Rollo's Wet Surprise

ISBN- 978-0-6488372-1-3

Publication Date: 15th June 2021

Rollo is a dog that goes to work with his owner, Jim. Jim is a builder and when he is working, Rollo loves to explore all the different homes Jim and his team of builders work at.


One day, the builders are moving lots of big, heavy windows to a safe area. Rollo begins to explore this new part of the garden, and sniffs around.


While Rollo is exploring, he gets a very wet surprise.





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The inspiration for Rollo's Wet Surprise came from an actual event. My family were having the house rennovated by  Beecraft Pty Ltd. Each team of builders has a site manager. Our site manager, Jamie, brought his dog, Rocky, to work every day. Rocky was a very large, sweet natured, gentle giant who weighed 55kg and was 6 years old. Our window delivery arrived early, so Jamie and Alex had to store the windows somewhere. they decided to put them in the pool area where they would be safe. Rocky decided to follow them into the pool area and tried to walk across the pool, not realising what a pool cover was. He fell in. Lucky Rocky could swim and get out. It was a funny event that ended well, but I wanted to write a story about it, to show how important watr safety is.

Teaching Notes

Click here to download: Rollo's Wet Surprise Teachers' Notes (pdf)


These teachers' notes have been written by Penny Macoun. These notes are for educational purposes and contain the following sections: synopsis, about the author, about the illustrator, links to the Australian curriculum (Foundation to Year 2), and themes.

Rollo's Wet Surprise STEM Education

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Teaching resources created by Romi Sharp, Books On Tour PR & Marketing. These activities contain links to the Australian Curriculum, discussion questions, positive communication activities and paper tube craft activities.


Paws Paddles - Article by Penny Macoun

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This is an article I wrote about keeping yourself and pets safe around water.


Exploring Rollo's Wet Surprise with Penny Macoun

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This interview gives a few insights into the creation of Rollo's Wet Surprise.

Meet The Author: Penny Macoun

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This interview gives insights into how I approach writing and the creation of Rollo's Wet Surprise.

Penny Macoun creates a SPLASH!

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This is an introduction to myself and illustrator, Paul Nash.


Official Book Launch, 15th June 2021

Book Trailer courtesy of Books On Tour PR & Marketing, 2nd July, 2021.


Blog Tour

Click here to read: Review: Rollo's Wet Surprise 

​Reviewed by Melissa Gijsbers @ Read For Fun, 7th July 2021.

Click here to read: BookReview: Rollo’s Wet Surprise by Penny Macoun and Paul Nash

Reviewed by Romi Sharp, Books On Tour PR & Marketing, 6th July 2021.

Click here to read: Blog Tour: Rollo's Wet Surprise by Penny Macoun

Reviewed by Ashleigh Meikle @ The Book Muse, 5th July 2021.

Click here to read: Rollo's Wet Surprise by Penny Macoun - a review

Reviewed by Norah Colvin @ redilearn, 6th July 2021.

Other Reviews

I like Rollo's Wet Surprise because it was funny and I liked that the illustrations because they were very accurate to the sentences. Well Done, excellent job.

    Stephen, aged 11

Rollo's Wet Surprise is an entertaining enjoyable children's book that I would recommend for children aged 5 to 9. Rollo's dislike for water is endearing as generally dogs like water. This book takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster as Rollo's curiosity gets the better of him.

    Ryan, aged 13

Rollo's Wet Surprise is a story about curiosity and how in a dogs world, it may get the better of him. Rollo is a lighthearted children's story that encompasses children's human emotions and feelings that even a mans best friend endures and learn from through trials and erros, fear and embarrassment in a way that reconfirms what he always wants to avoid but accidentally cannot. Enjoy this fun adventure in Rollo's life.

    Mark Alfano

Our family were lucky enough to all read one of the first copies last night and we loved it! It’s funny and the illustrations are awesome- the kids really enjoyed reading the story of Rollo’s little misadventure- Great job Penny!

    Renee Mason

I Liked Rollo's Wet Surprise because he is really funny and he is different to dogs I know, because he doesn't like water.

    Daniel, aged 9

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