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Brave Danny


$19.95 AU

Brave Danny is about a small boy who makes a difference by being brave enough to speak up.

Danny is frightened of his dad. Every night he goes to bed and pretends to be asleep. He listens to his dad mistreating his mum. Danny thinks his life is normal until he goes on a sleepover at his best friend Alex’s house. Alex’s dad is kind and fun to be with, and Danny feels haFormppy.

Danny wishes his dad could be more like Alex’s dad.

But what can he do?

"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

"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

"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

Product Details

Title: Brave Danny

Author: Robin Adolphs

Illustrator: Nicky Johnston

Publisher: Butternut Books


978-0-9942121-3-9 (pbk)

978-0-9942121-5-3 (ebk)

Paperback: 38 pages

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