Rosie the Rhinoceros is a children's picture book for young readers that was written by Jimmy Barnes and illustrated by Matt Shanks. It is 32 pages long, suitable for readers 3 years and older, and was published by Harper Collins on 29 September 2021. Jimmy Barnes is a prolific singer-songwriter, performer, a bestselling and award-winning author and one of the most successful and distinctive artists in Australian music history. Matt Shanks is a critically acclaimed author and illustrator of over fifteen picture books.
Rosie is a happy little rhinoceros who lives with giraffes, monkeys, zebras, elephants and birds in the savannah with her rhinoceros family. Every morning, she wakes up and runs down to the water to smile at her reflection. Rosie doesn't see a rhinoceros smiling back at her. She believes she is a unicorn. This confuses the other animals who continue to call her Rosie the Rhinoceros. Rosie doesn't care what people think she should be. She knows what she wants to be and decides the best thing she can do is talk to her friends. Will she be able to convince the other animals to call her Rosie the Unicorn instead of Rosie the Rhinoceros?
Rosie the Rhinoceros was a sweet book with an important message in it for children about acceptance, identity, individuality, and respect. There is so much joy and happiness in this book. I really liked that Rosie knew who she wanted to be, and when others kept getting that wrong, she sets firm boundaries with them and asks that they correct themselves. This is such a positive message to give to children. We are all entitled to respect and we should all be free to choose who we want to be. In an interview, Jimmy Barnes revealed that he was inspired to write the book by his youngest granddaughter Rosie, who charges round the house like a rhino but likes to pretend that she is a unicorn. Matt Shank's illustrations are truly excellent Rosie the Rhinoceros. He really captures the energy of an excitable kid living each day to its fullest and loving life. A gorgeous book from start to finish.