#RRBC Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis

Children's book reviews

What Amazon says

A sweet chapter book about the unique bond between mother and son.

Where do smiles come from?Who can help you get a new one?
Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Fiction” category of the 2015 International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

“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…”

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

What readers think:

  • “You don’t have to be a kid to love this book!”
  • “We found our smile when we read this”
  • “My only regret would be that it ended so soon”
  • “For rekindling my inner-child as I read this book, I’m giving it 5 STARS.”

My review

This is one of the best books for children I have read in a long while. Packed with imagination and adventure it is about a little boy who goes in search of his smile after discovering he has somehow lost it overnight. He is initially helped in his search by his best friend, an aging dog who wears spectacles and reads books. They look everywhere in his room, including in his trunk which is full of most unusual and intriguing toys, and in his closet which is inhabited by a closet monster who eats his clothes. They can’t find his smile in his room or in the kitchen while he is eating his breakfast. It is not under his pancakes or anywhere else to be seen.

The little boy packs his oversized school bag with the books he needs for the day and sets off to school. On the way he approaches everyone he meets who is wearing a smile to see if they can help him find his. He comes across a workman who is drilled a hole in the ground, but the workman has not seen his smile in his hole or anywhere else. He does, however, gain a cart for his school bag. You will have to read the book to find out how he gets it.

He meets a king with a great big smile who looses it when his courtiers mistakenly think the little boy wants his head, and bolt away. Next, he meets the world’s greatest salesman with the biggest smile he’s ever seen. The salesman tries to sell him a number of products and looses his smile when he realises the boy doesn’t want to buy anything. He comes across a clown with a fake painted smile and finally asks his teacher to help him find his smile, but she doesn’t think the classroom is a good place for smiles.

The little boy returns home after school, sad and dejected, and finally finds his smile when his mother shows him how.

There are some really funny bits for example: “The dog jumped off the bed and slipped into its robe and slippers. It reached for its pipe, then remembered it had quit: smoke ruined its sense of smell, and a dog unable to smell is about as useful as … well, a cat.”

“Chewing absent-mindedly, he watched some ants windsurf across the creamy surface of his bowl of milk. The windy season had started, and, as everyone knows, ants love their sea sports.”

I think that children, especially boys, aged 4 to 10 years old will love this story.

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About the author

Nicholas C. 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, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short science fiction/speculative fiction stories, many of which have appeared in various collections and anthologies. These include Infinite Waters, which was voted one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

What readers are saying about Nick’s fantasies:

“Most avid readers still have books from their childhood which they read over and over again. ‘Runaway Smile’ has joined the list.”

“From the very first sentence I realized I was not reading a book, I was going on an adventure.”

“Each story is like watching an old episode of the Twilight Zone.”

For more on Nick or just to chat, visit him on:

Blog: https://nicholasrossis.me/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis

34 thoughts on “#RRBC Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis

  1. What a wonderful premise for a book!
    I actually talk about sharing smiles a lot, with my class. We are trying to spread their smiles worldwide!
    I tell them whoever you smile at, will pass it on… Who knows who’s face your smile will end up on? 😍🤗🙂

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