Brave Danny

For teachers, parents and service professionals

Australian children’s author Robin Adolphs and the National Rural Women’s Coalition are proud to release a new children’s book called Brave Danny.

This book brings the subject of family and domestic violence out from behind closed doors and serves as a tool for educators, teachers and parents to engage young children with the subject.


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Australia’s Professionals Praise Brave Danny

Unfortunately – we do need this sort of book. Domestic violence is something that is secreted away; a ‘non discussable’ in many places. This great book exposes the impact it has on a child and how some significant information can change a child’s perception about what is normal and what is not. I think this book and the accompanying activities are so powerful in allowing children to discuss the un-discussable. It is a book that is not only of great value for educators, parents and children but those in the helping profession such as counsellors and social workers who are working with children in domestic violence situations.

Bette Blance

President, William Glasser institute-New Zealand

This book is powerful in its simplicity targeting an age group who are invisible. The teaching notes and activities add depth to the story giving teachers and children the opportunity to fully engage with the concepts that underpin the story. This will be an outstanding teaching tool that fills an enormous gap in children’s literature.

Dr Deborah Walsh

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland

I can’t speak highly enough of this timely book for young children. Little ones who are afraid to speak up – and who probably don’t know where to turn – need to know that there are people who understand, and who can help them.
The issue of domestic violence has been handled sensitively, with just enough detail to allow young victims to relate. Much can be inferred from reading about Danny lying in bed pretending to sleep while listening to the sounds of arguments, a mother crying and the sight of broken plates the next morning. I like the way that Danny sees for himself that not all fathers are violent and angry when he has fun at a sleepover at a friend’s house.
Young readers will get the message that it’s okay to ask for help, and that sometimes, even the smallest person in the household can be the catalyst for change.

Danny’s story is an excellent start, but children who live with domestic violence need to know not only how to get help, but that others experience the same feelings as they do. The downloadable worksheets and suggested activities reinforce the message in the book and allow children (both victims of domestic violence and their friends) to ask questions and explore options in a supportive environment.

Marg McAlister

Ex Teacher and Children’s Author

The book Brave Danny provides a great educational tool for children aged 4-8 years of age and the author Robin Adolphs has done such a great job at tackling this very sensitive issue. When I first read the book, it made me feel very emotional but also hopeful about the message it sends. I felt as though the book had been written about me and my own struggles as a boy dealing with domestic violence in the home. I feel that the book raises awareness to the family violence issue and also provides hope to kids reading it, that there is help out there with the issues that they are dealing with at home and that they are not alone.

Danny Hacket

White Ribbon ambassador


Purchase Brave Danny and receive these fantastic bonuses!

Educator Notes
and Activities!

Download your free pack of educational notes and activities as a downloadable PDF.

Author Video Reading!

Enjoy a personal reading by author Robin Adolphs. Ideal for:

  • Those who are visually impaired
  • Playing on iPad and laptop
  • Playing in classrooms

A Bit About Robin

Robin Adolphs was born in Victoria, Australia before spending several years living in Cologne, Germany where she worked in a kindergarten with three year old German children and taught English to adults at the Berlitz School. Years later Robin returned to Australia to continue teaching in Victoria and Queensland before retiring from her position as Deputy Principal at Tamborine Mountain State School in Australia.

Robin has four children and six grandchildren, who are a major source of her ideas and inspiration for her children’s stories. She now spends her time between writing children’s books and travelling around Australia with her husband.

Robin tours with professional development workshops, seminars and school visits. To book Robin for school visits and speaking engagements, please contact Robin here.


Here’s some questions I frequently get asked by frogs and butterflies

Q. Is it fun writing and being an author?

A. Yes! It’s not just the writing itself. It’s fun when you get new ideas and start thinking about how you’re going to weave them into a story. It’s hugely satisfying when you finish a story and you’re happy with it. It’s like, ‘WOW’ I just created something that never existed before. When children enjoy my stories, or laugh at the funny bits, then I’m really happy. So YES, writing is fun in many, many ways. It’s fun being with other authors too.

Q. What’s your favourite colour Robin?

A. Colours are amazing. They make up our world. Imagine the world in black and white. How dull would that be? I love that the sky is blue and the grass is green. I love the yellow of the sun and the different browns of the earth. And I love all the shades of the different colours, the soft shades and the strong shades and all the blends. To choose one colour as a favourite is very hard but I would have to say blue is my favourite. But then, I really love red . . . and yellow . . . and green. This is a hard question.

Q. Is it true you were a teacher once upon a time?

A. I was. I was a teacher for many years. I studied to be an Early Childhood teacher and my teaching career began in Victoria in a little school in Burwood. Sadly this school no longer exists. I also taught in Cologne Germany in the Berlitz School and in a German kindergarten. That was a challenge but an amazing experience. When we came back to Australia we came to Queensland and I taught in some schools here too. Then I became a Deputy Principal and was an Acting Principal quite a few times. I loved working with children, they’re amazing. Now I’m an author but many of my story ideas have come from the children I met over the years.

Q. What’s your favourite food?

A. Believe it or not I love vegetables. There are some delicious dishes you can make with vegetables. If I had to design a 3-course menu just for me it would be minestrone soup, eye fillet steak medium rare with lots of vegies or salad, followed by fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with cream and ice-cream. And if I still had room maybe a little after dinner chocolate.

Q. Can you come to our school?

A. I sure can! Just tell your mum or teacher to click the contact form on my website.

© Copyright 2016. Robin Adolphs. Butternut Books.

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