Book review: Runaway Smile by Nicholas Rossis

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The boy wakes up to find his smile is missing. His pet dog wishes it could help but cannot. The monster in his closet is a friendly one, but it has no answers either. On his way to school, the boy meets a bunch of strange characters but they all seem too preoccupied in their own affairs (aren’t all adults in the eyes of a child?) to answer his pressing question about his missing smile.

Still, by the end of the story, the answer comes unexpectedly and in the sweetest way possible, so much that I felt my heart actually melting.

This is the first published children’s story by sci-fi/fantasy author Nicholas Rossis and perhaps the best bit about it, even more than the brilliance of the story itself, is that Runaway Smile is the first of many. The author is already working on the next children’s book and I simply can’t wait.

But it is not just the fresh, delightful narrative that makes this story standout; the inspired illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis simply give it wings. I found myself immersed in the pages, left behind the worries of my adult mind and turned into a child again for a little while, as to remember anew where a true smile comes from.

If you are buying a book for a child, Runaway Smile is an awesome choice. There is no awkwardness and no fear factor; just delight, plenty of innocence and a sweet ending that will make any young heart lift.


My rating

5 stars

A delightful children’s book with the sweetest ending ever!


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Are you buying a book for a child? Are you looking for something that will please and delight a young, innocent heart? Look no further!



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  • Thank you so, so much for the wonderful review!!! 🙂

    • frosandy

      Glad you liked it Nicholas and it’s only the truth and what you deserve 🙂 Later today, I’ll post it also on Amazon US, UK and Goodreads for you 🙂