ROVE GETS TO TELL HIS STORY
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