> Skip to content
  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143790327
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 24
  • RRP: $19.99

Roo Knows Blue

A joyous celebration of colour in the Australian bush from bestselling author-illustrator Renee Treml.


For the Little Explorers: Learn with Roo!

Roo knows, Roo knows, Roo knows blue.
But does Roo know about other colours too?

Learn colours with Roo and Possum and embark on an eye-popping journey through the vivid hues of Australia. Your child won't just learn about colours—they'll experience them in a way that's memorable and fun!

From the Heart of Australia

Wonderful to read aloud or together, Roo Knows Blue is a playdate with the Australian bush. The prose is bouncy and cheerful, perfectly matched to keep up with Roo's hopping adventures!

What Will Your Child Learn?

* Colour Recognition: Identify and name colours just like Roo.
* Rhythmic Learning: The catchy rhythms make it easy for kids to remember and learn.
* A Sense of Adventure: With Roo and Possum, every colour is a new journey!

With a storyline that's as bouncy as Roo itself, this delightful hardback picture book introduces young readers to the world of colours while giving them a tour of the Australian landscape—it's a ride your kids will want to go on over and over again!

  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143790327
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 24
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Renee Treml

Renée Treml was inspired by Australia’s wildlife and native birds after moving from the USA to Australia in 2007. She loves to create artworks that highlight the subtle details of nature with delicacy and humour. Renée’s books have won or been listed for awards including the CBCA Crichton Award for New Illustrator, Speech Pathology Book of the Year and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature. Renée’s illustrations are featured on a variety of products, including stationery, ceramics and fine art prints.

Also by Renee Treml

See all

Praise for Roo Knows Blue

From the cute kangaroo smiling at the reader on the front cover to the gorgeous flowers on the end papers this book is a joy to read aloud . . . The illustrations are a joy and children will love the expressions on the faces of Roo and Possum and the bright colours of the backgrounds . . . This is a delightful way for young children to learn about colours while older ones will love the repetition and humour. All will enjoy looking for the colours of the different animals and objects and beautiful flowers in a second reading. Roo Knows Blue is a keeper. It is sure to become a family favourite.

Pat Pledger, ReadPlus

This joyful picture book will have your young child laughing along as they listen to the story and see the illustrations of a young kangaroo who either loves blue too much or doesn’t know his colours very well! . . . This picture book is a marvellous way to explore the different colours in the Australian bush and may even inspire a local bushwalking to see not only the array of colours but the various shades of each one.


Roo is a true blue Aussie. In fact, he couldn’t be anything else because blue is the only colour in his palette. So it’s up to Possum to help his bush pal learn that Aussie wattle, parrots and even rocks are … not blue. Roo and Possum sing a colourful little song that will appeal to toddlers as they loudly practise reciting a rainbow of hues. US expat author-illustrator Renee Treml embraces her new Aussie home to add to the colour in tiny tots’ lives with this fun and funny tale.

Carina Bruce, Herald Sun

If I see Renée Treml’s name on any book (and there have been a few now) then I know I am picking up something special for our youngest readers that will be superbly illustrated and an engaging read . . . The language, rhyme and rhythm of the text will appeal to both reader and listener and make predictions easy while the illustrations support all that is going on, making it an excellent choice for developing those essential concepts about print that are the foundations of literacy development.

Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, thebottomshelf.edublogs.org

Roo Knows Blue is a rhythmic, rhyming and lyrical story about a little kangaroo’s introduction to colours . . . Renée Treml’s illustrations create an adorable Australian setting and work magically with the text. As always, her animal characters beam with delight and positivity.


I loved how the coloured fonts and pages cleverly reinforced the learning. Repetition, and a jaunty rhythm and rhyme make for a fun reading experience; ideal for reading aloud in class, or bonding time between child and carer . . . Author/illustrator Renée Treml’s illustrations are typically gorgeous, and helpful in teaching children to identify iconic Australian plants, animals and landscapes.

Julie Murphy, CBCA Reading Time

Perfectly pitched to early readers, this playful and catchy text simply highlights colours with large bold type and illustrations. Great to share with a child on your lap.

Margaret Hamilton, Pinerolo Newsletter

Awards & recognition

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2020  •  Birth to 3 Years

Discover more

Why Renée Treml’s picture books should be on every Aussie bookshelf

One art form that has always celebrated Australiana is picture books.

Easy activities for kids at home

Keep the kids entertained with these fun book-related ideas. There's an activity book for every age: one for littlies, one for kids and one for grown-ups too!

Puffinalia for educators

Celebrating 80 years of Puffin!

Teachers' notes
Roo Knows Blue activity pack

Learn about colours with Little Roo in the Aussie outback!