Rosie is a race dog. By day she runs at the track. By night she sits in her little room. One day she doesn’t stop at the end of the track. She jumps over the fence and runs away. Rosie keeps running.
Where does Rosie go?
A sensitive portrayal of a special journey by award-winning illustrator Marika Maijala. This large-format book is Marika Maijala’s debut picture book as both author and illustrator.
Books illustrated by Marika Maijala
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”The illustration is relentlessly expressive, but at the same time precise. The technique chosen by the author supports the story and makes the speed visible. The wax crayon cannot be controlled, but the images are still perfect. Maijala’s artwork is seemingly clumsy, but on a closer look, it is perfectly controlled. The book is the first that Maijala has written. The text and the images skillfully carry the story together. The artwork of the book is the wildest Maijala so far. In Rosie Runs, she uses a new technique that brings out the personality of the author nicely. The work is a continuation of Maijala’s earlier illustrations, but the style has evolved over the years.” – Rudolf Koivu Prize 2019, excerpt from the statement of the jury
”Rosie’s leap into freedom is an inspirational example of the opportunity to choose differently and refuse to achieve something that other people want you (or a dog) to achieve. As an object alone, Ruusun matka is both extremely beautiful and well thought-out. […] Maijala’s crayon illustrations are naivist and childlike. She intentionally plays with perspective and allows the lines and the colour surfaces to appear clumsy. The result is uniquely alive and emotional. Boldly, the book speaks in the same image language as the child reader. Rosie’s body, as it is thrust forward, brings a strong sense of movement to the pictures. At the text level, Maijala’s sentences are unpretentiously short and descriptive, but at the same time lyrical and polished to perfection. Ruusun matka is an ambitious work of art which is at the same time simple and easily accessible.” – Nordic Council, excerpt
Rudolf Koivu Prize 2019
A nominee for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2019
Selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2019