Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

Title: Herman and Rosie
Author: Gus Gordon
Illustrator: Gus Gordon
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (2013)
ISBN: 9781596438569
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon focuses on loneliness, friendships, relationship skills and creativity.

“Once upon a time in a very busy city, on a very busy street, in two very small apartments, lived Herman Schubert… and Rosie Bloom.” Herman played the oboe and Rosie sang jazz on her fire escape. They are both lonely. Herman’s favourite part of the week is talking to customers through his job at a call centre. Rosie’s highlight was singing in a nightclub once a week. Their lives interconnect but they always miss each other. 

Herman hears Rosie singing from the street and Rosie hears Herman playing the Oboe from the building next door. Soon Herman loses his job and Rosie’s club closes down. “Days and nights and weeks inched by. Rosie lost her voice to the sounds of the city and Herman lost the urge to play his oboe.” One day they felt different. Rosie heard the beautiful sound of Herman’s oboe. She followed the music until… “Rosie found Herman. And Herman found Rosie. The city was never quite the same.”

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