Rosie Runs Into Our Hearts In This Beautiful Children’s Book

Rosie Runs has made a dash into our hearts with it’s beautiful story of freedom, friendship and embracing life. The good feel book to read this summer!
~ Momma Braga



Rosie Runs has captivated our hearts as we immersed ourselves into the story. As Rosie sets off on the biggest adventure of her life in order to find freedom and bliss.

Rosie finds compassion, joy and new friends which is a great message for young readers. The pure joy of playing and being able to be yourself.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 paws out of 5! This has been one of our favorites to read this summer. Rosie shows us that being the fastest does not mean you enjoy life more. It is when she slows down, is when she got to really enjoy life. A message that we should all take to heart. Take that time to enjoy our surroundings. To know that this book was based on the real-life story of Rosie, the greyhound, makes this story that extra special.

Maybe the questions in this story were: What is it to be happy? What is it to be free? What is keeping us from doing things we love? Why do we hurt, imprison and enslave each other: humans, animals? Can I do something? If I save myself, what happens to the others? What can be discussed in a children’s book? ~ Marika

We loved the illustrations and the detail in each page. Take the time to see each detail and have discussions with your child on what they see in each page. You will be intrigued to hear what they see. 😉 The added notes from the author and translator was a lovely touch in the book. A must read!

If you would like to purchase a copy of this beautiful book, click here.

About the Author

Marika Maijala lives and works on Harakka Island, off the coast of Helsinki. An illustrator and children’s book writer, Maijala’s versatile body of work also includes art books, paintings, drawings, texts, animations, videos, installations and illustrations for public spaces. She is a member of a band with fellow artists, Petra Vehvilainen and Aoi Yoshizawa. Marika’s paintings and video art were exhibited in a solo exhibition at Galleria Snow in Berlin in 2022. Rosie Runs was nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize, won the Rudolf Koivu Award for the Best Finnish Children’s Book Illustration, and was selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. In 2022, Marika was nominated for the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Mia Spangenber holds a Ph. D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington, with a focus on Finnish literature and cultural studies. She is a 2017 graduate of the Finnish to English literary translation mentorship program organized by FILI, Finland’s literary organization. Mia is passionate about championing international children’s literature and writes articles for World-KidLit about picture books from around the world.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

~ Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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