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 Runsbeckons young readers to rediscover their favorite hobbies and passions, and revel in the joy of playing and being among new friends.
Marika Maijala lives and works in Helsinki as an illustrator and children’s book writer. Her debut writing project, Rosie’s Journey, was nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize, and selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition. In 2020, Marika was nominated for the ALMA Award.
Mia Spangenberg (translator) 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 WorldKidLit about picture books from around the world.
Creativity on a Finnish Island
Marika Maijala works on Harakka Island just a row away from Helsinki where she wrote and illustrated her most recent book, Rosie Runs. "“Children are a fine, valuable audience, and I want to make fine books for them.” ~Marika Maijala