Rosie Runs by Marika Maijala, Mia Spangenberg (Translator)

Rosie Runs by Marika Maijala, Mia Spangenberg (Translator)

Title: Rosie Runs
Author: Marika Maijala, Mia Spangenberg (Translator)
Publisher:  Elsewhere Editions 
Genre:  Children's Fiction 
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  58
Date of Publication:  15 August, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

Lovely and heartwarming. Rosie Runs first caught my eye with its cover, and once I read the synopsis and learned that the Rosie of this story was based on a real-life Rosie, I knew that I really wanted to read her tale.

I have long despised animals being forced into the cruelty of racing, or hunts and very much appreciated that the story of the real Rosie is part of this, to know that she was adopted, safe, and beloved. Rosie's story is a moral and humane lesson steeped in the importance of being kind to animals and keeping animal rights laws in place without ever being overbearing. 

An excellent read-aloud choice for children (be sure to have time for questions and talking time after). The illustrations are vividly colorful, engaging even for the very young, and accompany the story perfectly. 

Rosie's tale will stay with its readers, young and older alike. 

Thank you to Elsewhere Editions (Archipelago) and NetGalley for the DRC!


A racing dog named Rosie escapes the track and bounds towards freedom in this panoramic heartwarming tale. For young readers who love people-watching, sniffing wild plants, racing in the wind, and other small joys of life.

Rosie dreams of forests, meadows, hares, and freedom. Trapped at the racetrack, she sprints in endless circles – until one day, Rosie makes a fearless beeline to the enormous world beyond the track. Scared and a little excited too, Rosie runs through shadowy forests, a circus, a bustling train station, and even takes a quick dip alongside a ferry. She keeps running through small towns and whirling cities, observing the gentle, giddy moments of passersby. Readers will find peace in a private look at a man watering his plants, or a jolt of happiness at a long-snouted dog wearing a cap on a train. A book about taking in the wide world around you, 
Rosie Runs beckons young readers to rediscover their favorite hobbies and passions, and revel in the joy of playing and being among new friends.


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