Yes, Rosie was the star both for the book and the movie, at least for me. However, there is one point I don't understand: Elephants have sharp memory and when August fed Rosie after days of beating her, Rosie gladly accepts. Even Jacob wondered: "How could she forget?"
Honestly, I had trouble deciding whether I like the book or not. Since I read the book first, the excitement kind of died. There wasn't really much difference between the movie and book except, as for me, the visual presentation of the circus performance.
There wasn't a heart-throbbing performance except the actor who plays August. Man, he is tough. Seriously, I'm confused.
Anyways, if you want to read here's my review: http://magicoficecream.wordpress.com/20 ... ts-movie-r