Book Reviews

Rush! Rush! by Elena De Roo

book review for Rush RushReviewed by Dr S Alexander

Rush! Rush is a rhyming poem with beautiful imagery and full of fun. It can be read with one child and is also perfect for sharing as a group experience and action game with children.  

Author Elena De Roo takes readers and listeners on a joyous run (through the sight, smell and physical energy of the main character - a girl) through a rural landscape and into NZ bush.  It draws to an end on the beach among seagulls and then we see a gorgeous display of manu tukutuku (kites) flying overhead.


Zoom down the runway.

Aim for the sky.

Find the horizon.

Get ready,

set ... (turn page)


The illustrations by Jenny Cooper are magic!  Combined with Elena De Roo's wonderful writing and high publication standard, the book is most impressive.  

It has been a long time since a children's book has grabbed my attention in such a strong way from the first page - but this one did!   

Whether you are an adult or young child it is a book that will blow you away. 

I think this book presents a uniquely NZ alternative to the age-old popular story and chanting game "we're going on a bear hunt, we're going on a bear hunt, ..." . 

Check out this book.  If you don't, you will miss out on discovering just wonderful it is.


Recommended for:  All Early Childhood Centres and Home-based services.  A great gift also for every young child. 
Publisher:  One Tree House (
Format:  Hardback 32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9951176-1-7 
Published:  2021
Price $30

Available from all children's bookstores or check out the publisher's website (One Tree House). 





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