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Set in New York, this gorgeous children's picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.

Set in New York, this gorgeous picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.

This is a tale about a big city.

It's a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze.

It's a tale of singing on rooftops and toffees that stick to your teeth.

But most of all, it's the tale of Herman and Rosie.
'Herman and Rosie is a beautiful, funny and quirky story of two unique souls who are destined to meet.' Manly Daily

'A beautiful, soulful and quirky tale, romantic and hopeful, with a big heart.' Newcastle Herald

'Gordon has created a bittersweet tale of solitude, longing and new beginnings in a complex story that asks a lot from the reader and richly rewards in return...very highligh recommended for ages 4 to 9 years.' Web Child

'Clever, sweet and brilliant in every way.' William Yeoman, The Weekend West

'An urban love story which touches the heart and stirs the imagination.' Canberra Times

'Quirky, soulful and alive . . . a book to treasure, like a favourite song.' Markus Zusak

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    November 16, 2016

    Picture Puffin

    36 pages

    RRP $14.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    May 22, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    32 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Honour Award
    Picture Book
  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    Children's Literature
  • Sakura Medal (Japan)
    Children's Book

Also by Gus Gordon

The Last Peach
Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments
The Catawampus Cat
Tom Weekly 5: My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins
Somewhere Else
Tom Weekly 4: My Life and Other Exploding Chickens
Tom Weekly 3: My Life and Other Massive Mistakes
I Am Cow Hear Me Moo
I am Cow, Hear me Moo
Tom Weekly 2: My Life and Other Stuff That Went Wrong
Brilliant Bites for Boys
Kids Stink (A Tom Weekly Story)
The Great Stinkathlon: Aussie Bites
My Big Book of Nibbles
Tom Weekly 1: My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up
Make 'Em Laugh: Pocket Money Puffin
Haggis McGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon : Aussie Bites
The Undys: On the Move
The Undys: Wet and Wild
The Undys: Itching for Action
The Undys: Let's Get Physical
Let the Games Begin: The Undys


Too Many Elephants in this House
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
Where The Wild Things Are
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
George's Marvellous Medicine
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
Scarface Claw
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: A Play
Today We Have No Plans
Who Sank The Boat?
Everything, Everything
Koala Lou
Undercover Princess
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Peppa Pig: Going Swimming –  Read It Yourself With Ladybird Level 1
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Amazing Monster Detectoscope