Rosie the Rhinoceros

Written by Jimmy Barnes and illustrated by Matt Shanks

Rosie the Rhinoceros

Written by award-winning author and rock legend Jimmy Barnes, Rosie the Rhinoceros follows Rosie on her early morning adventures through the savanna. She greets her friends and spreads positivity and joy wherever she goes. But there’s one problem – everyone thinks Rosie is a rhinoceros. However, Rosie knows that she is in fact not a rhinoceros, but a unicorn with a ‘pretty horn’ and ‘dainty hooves’.

Eventually Rosie makes an announcement to all the animals – she’s a unicorn! Finally, to Rosie’s delight, all her animal friends agree to call her Rosie the unicorn.

With gorgeous watercolour illustrations in sunrise colours from critically acclaimed artist Matt Shank, this picture book is perfect for children aged 3-8. Barnes does a wonderful job  introducing words and adjectives which help foster a ‘stupendous’ and ‘exquisite’ vocabulary in young readers.

Rosie the Rhinoceros is a story inspired by Barnes’ granddaughter. The book follows three bestselling books for adults, also authored by Barnes, however is his first venture into children’s literature. Ultimately, Rosie’s charming story reminds readers to be themselves. Whether you’re a friendly rhinoceros or a dainty hoofed unicorn – either way you’re perfect.

Here’s what others have to say…

“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.” – Weekend Notes

“Rosie the Rhinoceros is a story that captures that invaluable effervescence and belief of a child without limits, an encouraging message for adults and children alike.” –  Julie Bertola

In our words…

We’re big fans of Jimmy Barnes, and were incredibly fortunate to have the support of both Barnes and his wife Jane for our 2022 National Pyjama Day.

However, we’re even more impressed with Barnes after reading Rosie the Rhinoceros. This book full of heart, and a great reminder for the children in our Love of Learning program that they can and should be themselves.