Written by Nicolas C. Rossis
Illustrated by Dimitris Fousekis
Nicholas Rossis has done it again with his new children’s book Musiville. The characters in this wonderful story are part animal and part musical instrument with descriptive names like Drumopotamus (drum + hippopotamus) and Pandiano (panda + piano). They all live in a little village called Musiville where they can play whatever they want. However, they soon learn that everyone playing a different tune at the same time results in nothing more than a loud unharmonious ruckus. This ruckus brings the rats out from underground and the village starts to crumble. Maracerus (maraca + rhinoceros) cannot take the noise any longer and a meeting is called where it is decided they need a conductor. When the conductor is chosen, it is up to him to choose what music is played, and with everyone playing the same tune, harmony returns to Musiville.
The clever illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis will delight children, as will the names of the animals. There is an appendix in the back of the book to help with the identification of the animals.
What I really liked about Musiville is the lesson learned when everyone comes together and is considerate of one another. It is perfect for reading to younger children, as well as for older children. I give Musiville five stars.
About the Author
Nicholas Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats, one of whom claims his lap as home. His first children’s book, Runaway Smile, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, among other distinctions. You can check it out for free on his blog.
You can check out his second children’s book, Musiville, on his blog.
He has also written the epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The final book in the series is currently penned.
Many of his short stories have appeared on various collections and anthologies. He has published two collections; The Power of Six and Infinite Waters, which was voted as one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.
Nicholas is all around the Internet, but the best place to connect with him would be on his blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/
Anyone interested in his books can check them out on Amazon:
People can read Runaway Smile for free on http://nicholasrossis.me/childrens-books/
or buy it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Smile-fairy-unshared-wasted-ebook/dp/B00QQC2YLY/
Other places to connect with him include
- Twitter – twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis
- Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+NicholasRossisand
- Facebook – facebook.com/NicholasCRossis
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