by Nicholas C. Rossis, illus. Dimitris Fousekis
Runaway Smile, has won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. It was also a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category and a ‘Children’s Fiction’ Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.
Runaway Smile is an enchanting tale about a young boy who wakes up one morning to discover that his smile has fled. In his search for his fugitive smile, he encounters many characters whom he discovers have only false smiles. How can he recover his smile? Humorously written and delightfully illustrated, this book is great for reading to younger children, or for children who are early readers. (Many adults will also find it highly entertaining!) With a touching theme, just like a smile, it’s great to share!
I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and… – From Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis
Runaway Smile was illustrated by Dimitris Fousekis. To see more of his artwork, visit his site.
(This review has appeared elsewhere.)