Michael De Cock is fabulous in the book Rosie and Moussa, when he talks about the friendship, solidarity, co-existance and compassion, but non the less the love of the parents as well.
To all of us that live in small towns, living in a big cities sounds sooo excited. We think that with all those malls, theatres, muliplex cinemas, life must be so much more fun than others. But on the other hand, we know that people in metropolises can feel so much more alone and estranged as in our towns where you know every street and the corner.
This is how Rosie feels when she and her mother move from the neat neighbourhood of family houses to a block settlement, full of immigrants and peculiar strangers. She feels that she has moved to the other end of the world. If her world felt perfect yesterday, she now feels like her life would crash into pieces. Though she still has her loving mother, she still thinks that she will not find new friends and that she will stay with her mother forever. But her concerns soon turn out to be absolutely superfluous. On the same day, she meets Moussa, who lives in the apartment directly above her. Musa becomes her best friend, confidant and co-wonderer, and at the same time he helps Rosie find her father and a new partner for her mom.
The book Rosie and Moussa presents us an interesting and agreeable insight into the lives of today's children. Three stories about Rosie and Moussa, two children in the midst of the big city, who are searching for their place in the family and the society, presents us numerous situations, pleasant and unpleasant, in which children and their parents can get involved. It is not enough for children to cope with the hardship of finding their own identity; sometimes they also have to deal with divorce of their parents, and the relocation to a new home, which causes that they need to establish new connections with their peers and to adapt to new living conditions. Michael De Cock made a presentation of the life of teenagers in a frank, but pleasant and humorous manner that will be easily approved by our kids.
In addition to the separation of her parents, Rosie must also face the truth about where her dad ended (he did not leave, as her mother told her, but he is in a prison because of the fraud), De Cock puts many friends in her path of overcoming the distress - besides her Mom and Moussa there are also Mrs. Bogomila, who knows how to pamper kids with cakes and hot cocoa, and Moussa's uncle Ibrahim, who, despite the impending expulsion from the country, still maintains a humorous attitude towards life. All of them (including Rosie's father, who, despite being imprisoned, wants to keep in touch with her little princess and, despite his mistake, wants her life to be prosperous) takes care that Rosie's growing up would be pleasant and kind.
Moreover: Michael De Cock takes on hard life anguishes with the idea that nothing is permanent, that everything changes, and the we must never give up, because we never know when the sun would shine just for us.
A full-length movie is being produced after the stories about Rosie's life.
Michael De Cock: Rozi in Musa