My daughter, Marley, and I created a fun, endearing story about a T-Rex named Roara. Roara and her friends will take your child on adventures of the imagination. In our quest to create a wonderful children’s book, we’re learning so much! Our story started when my daughter was two years old. She has always loved dinosaurs, books, and all sorts of scientific activities. She’s active in the decision making every step of the way. Check out more about her in this video. This story is for her, and for all children (and their parents!) who love reading, learning, and dinosaurs. Read on to learn about our journey along the way.
Oct. 2014 – The journey begins
My two year old daughter and I love finding new things to do. We travel, do science, play games, and read. Ever since she was introduced to dinosaurs she’s loved them. She loves visiting museums, watching shows, and reading books featuring dinosaurs, among other things. Somewhere in the mix of all of this, I got the idea to create our own stories, and what better topic than dinosaurs. I’ve been developing mobile apps and games since 2011 and thought this could be a fun, new thing to do with her. She has taken an active role in the project and is excited to be involved in every decision, picking her favorite dinosaurs, artwork, even how the story itself.
Nov. 5, 2014 – Interviews
I’m a programmer and my daughter is still perfecting her penmanship and artistic creativity, so we needed some help to put all of this together. We began interviewing and gathering samples for writers and artists for Roara’s story. This has been a learning experience in itself! I’ve worked with writers and designers in the past, but my daughter has particular tastes, so we need the perfect creative people with us in this venture!
Nov. 7, 2014 – Artwork!
After reviewing several sketches, we’ve found an amazing artist that can bring Roara to life!
Nov. 12, 2014 – Story Creation!
After checking out a slew of samples, we’ve found the perfect writer for Roara’s story! Check out Tamara Forge’s Bio!
Nov. 19, 2014 – Time to Share
Nov. 24, 2014 – Story time!
Hello Roara! We’ve got the perfect story! Time to work on the artwork!
Nov. 25, 2014 – Coloring Book
Give your child a coloring break! I took some time to create coloring pages that you can download and print off. Check it out here.
Nov. 27, 2014 – Character Creation
Roara just got a new friend! We’ve added “Shrew” to the lineup of characters to appear in Hello Roara!
Nov. 28, 2014 – In-House Testing
Marley and I went through a pretty intense testing process on the new coloring pages this evening. Nice use of colors and shading! She’s still working out the details of staying in the lines.
Dec. 1, 2014 – Storyboarding
We’ve got a storyboard! We’ve been hard at work to bring Roara to life, and finally have some visuals! Here’s a sneak peek!
Dec. 17, 2014 – Work continues…
Wow how time flies! We’re still working on building our interactive story for iOS and Android. We have most of the artwork and interactivity ready to go, but we want everything to be perfect and fun, so we’re taking our time and not rushing. We will be giving some early access to the story for reviewers, so if you are interested in that tweet us @roararex!
Jan. 9, 2015 – Working Audio!
The Hello Roara! app is an interactive storybook, and now it will read to you! We’ve got our first voice over audio today!
Jan. 14, 2015 Print artwork!
I’ve finished up the artwork for the printed book, of course there will be more tweaks, but we’re ready to start proofing!
Jan. 27, 2015 – Proof!
We’ve got a printed proof! We have found a print-on-demand printer and our proof is amazing! As I opened it in front of Marley, she said “Awww…” and begged me to read it to her! Today we read the first printed copy of Hello Roara!
Jan. 30, 2015 – First Copies!
Do you love dinosaurs as much as we do? We received the first two perfect, ready to ship copies of Hello Roara! today. Also, the book is now available for purchase directly from and Amazon! Also, we’ve been keeping in close contact with Tamara Forge, our brilliant writer, and we are going to start planning the second book in the series soon!
Feb. 11, 2015 – Android Ready!
The Hello Roara! app is ready for Android, and today you can get it on Google Play!
Feb. 12, 2015 – More Android Options!
We’ve published Hello Roara! to the Amazon App Store so you have more options to download!
Feb. 13, 2015 – We’ve got retail!
How exciting! We’re in our first retail store! You can now visit Sternberg Museum of Natural History and pick up Hello Roara! from Excavations Gift Shop!
Feb. 18, 2015 – Roara in the Classroom
We visited a kindergarten class today! They loved Roara when our friend Johnae read it aloud!
Feb. 20, 2015 – Sending to Museums
We’re sending books out to Museums, trying to get Roara out to all of you! If you know of a store you’d like to see Roara in, contact us through social media!
Dec. 18, 2015 – Read Hello Roara! Now for FREE!
We’ve been getting such great feedback about Roara! that we decided to let everyone read it, for free!
Mar. 12, 2015 – Roara Talk