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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Rosie the Runaway Raccoon: Not So Serious Jack Series (Volume 6) by Jack Thompsen is a heartwarming and delightful storybook for children with a beautiful message. Rosie the Raccoon wants to run in the town race. She knows she can keep up a fast pace. She runs home to tell her mom and dad, but they both have work to do. She wants her parents to cheer her from the crowd and feel proud of her. Her mom promises to make her a jersey, but she is so busy with her work that, when the time arrives, the jersey is not ready. Rosie finds an old red tee shirt with a tear to wear that day. She asks her parents if they can make it and they reply in the negative. Rosie runs fast in the race and she comes third. Rosie runs back home to tell her parents and they pat her on her back. Rosie is sad. She knows they are not proud of her. She feels her parents do not love her and decides to run away from home. Will her parents be able to show their love for Rosie?
I like the message the author conveys through the story that running away from problems is not a solution. The illustrations are bright and colorful and breathe life into the characters and make the scenes vivid. It is a good bedtime storybook and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries because of the message it conveys. Rosie’s character, emotions, and feelings are tangible and many children will be able to connect with her dilemma. For all children with working parents, who are not always able to give them the attention they want, this book is a must-read.