Roto and Roy: Helicopter Heroes

Author: Sherri Dusky Rinker

Illustrator: Don Tate

Published: February 2022

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When a dangerous forest fire burns out of control, helicopter Roto and pilot Roy are ready to fly to the rescue! They’re braver than brave, tougher than tough, and nothing will stop this firefighting crew from completing their mission.

From Sherri Duskey Rinker, bestselling author of the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series, and award-winning illustrator Don Tate, this action-packed series starter will have kids cheering for two awesome new heroes—and imagining how they might save the day themselves!



Click here to download the Roto and Roy Helicopter Heroes Storytime Kit.




• Publishers Weekly

“It’s the ideal story for any reader who yearns for straight-up selfless heroism from people and vehicles alike.”


• Kirkus

“This engaging, rhyming picture book looks and feels like a large comic book. The cartoonlike illustrations are action-packed and divided into panels on several spreads. Like classic superhero comics, there is plenty of onomatopoeia, inviting audience participation. . . . A fun friendship story for young readers fond of brave exploits, helicopters, comics, or any combination thereof..”


• Booklist

“Mighty firefighting pilot Big Roy Thunder may cut an imposing figure in Tate’s drama-soaked illustrations (you can practically see the rippling cape at his shoulders), but he’s not the only hero here: Roto is “fueled and ready, brave and strong. / Her shiny wings are tough and long. / Superhero helicopter! / She’s awesome, and nothing can stop her.” When the call comes in, off soars the daring duo to douse forest fires, rescue the occasional frightened puppy, then return to Hangar One and the cheers of crowds of fans. “THAT’S how we roll!” rumbles Big Roy. “BOOM!” Sporting large, expressive eyes like many of her anthropomorphic working-machine kin, Roto exudes grim determination while battling the smoky blaze, and smiling confidence at other times.”