ROVE GETS TO TELL HIS STORY

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When Rove McManus was asked to star in Story Time, a new Play School se­ries which sees celebri­ties read books to kids, the co­me­dian was gifted the per­fect re­hearsal part­ner: his three-year-old daugh­ter, Ruby.

With Ruby by his side, McManus prac­tised reading Pig the Win­ner by Aus­tralian au­thor Aaron Blabey. To triple Gold Lo­gie win­ner McManus, it was a “full-scale pro­duc­tion”.

“I do all these dif­fer­ent voices and sound ef­fects,” says McManus. “When I got home from record­ing the show, Ruby said to me, ‘did they let you do the voices, like you do for me?’

“And I said, ‘well, not quite the same’. And she said, ‘hmmm, al­right. Maybe they can just be for us then.’”

McManus and his wife, ac­tor Tasma Wal­ton, both place a huge value on sto­ry­telling and books, and are con­stantly feed­ing Ruby’s ever-ex­pand­ing li­brary which con­sists of ev­ery­thing from play­ful pic­ture books to kids’ en­cy­clopae­dias.

Launched as part of Chil­dren’s Book Week, Story Time will fea­ture yel­low Wig­gle Emma Watkins, Grant Denyer, Leigh Sales and Black Com­edy star Nakkiah Lui reading pic­ture books by Aus­tralian au­thors.

WATCH STORY TIME, ABC KIDS, SUN­DAY, 5.45PM; ABC KIDS IVIEW

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