Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis

Runaway Smile

Runaway Smile


Runaway Smile:

an unshared smile is a wasted smile

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A little boy wakes up in the morning and finds out he has lost his smile. He looks for it everywhere. He even asks a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and his teacher, but no-one has seen it. Even worse, they refuse to share theirs. He’s devastated, until he discovers the truth behind smiles: the only real ones, are the ones you share.

Runaway Smile has been an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards and the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

 About the Author

Nicholas C. RossisNicholas 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.

Nicholas is all around the Internet, but the best place to connect with him would be on his blog,

What readers say:

“‘Runaway Smile’ is… to be treasured for life. Most avid readers still have books from their childhood which they read over and over again. When I’m unhappy about something, I refer to one of these books. ‘Runaway Smile’ has joined the list.”


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I picked this title up as I’m a fan of Nicholas Rossis’ epic fantasy series (Pearseus) and I was curious to see how a fantasy writer tackles the challenge of writing for kids. Smoothly, apparently. This isn’t a happy-go-lucky fairytale. The boy of this story is on a quest. Unlike Alice, this little guy is used to the bizarre world he lives in, and takes milk-surfing ants and complacent monsters in the closet at a stride. What he can’t deal with, though, is the loss of his smile. On his way to school, he comes across colorful characters with huge smiles plastered on their faces, but although they vy for the little one’s attention, they can’t seem to listen to him. They’re grown ups after all; self-serving and self-centered. Each and every one, although full of promises, fails to bring happiness to our little hero. But in the end, he finds what he’s after in the sweetest possible way, and he knows how to keep it forever.

This story is layered with thought-provoking semiotics that will attract parents as well. Fantastic illustrations make our boy’s trek to school come to life, and the summary in verse at the end is a touch of genius and extra proof of the author’s diverse talent. This is one book you won’t regret reading to little ones, but even if there aren’t any around, just go for it. You’ll love it.


By Cattereia on January 10, 2015

Format: Paperback

I found Runaway Smile by Nicholas C. Rossis available online at the author’s website. It’s about a young boy who wakes up one morning and senses that something is different. It turns out that his smile is gone! As he gets ready for school, he searches. Yet, he cannot find it! On the way to school, he talks to the various people he meets and none of them are able to help him. You’d think that his teacher would be able to give some advice on the matter, but no, she can’t solve his problem either. When he gets home, his mother gives him the solution and everything is alright.

Runaway smile features a strange little world, filled entirely of whimsical situations. Yet, it’s centered around things that could happen to any sort of child; a boy who has lost his smile and turns to the people around him for help. All of the characters are very unique and have some sort of loveable aspect about them. My favourite is his encounter with the King (“He wants the King’s head!”). The illustrations certainly enhance the book in epic proportions. Many of the characters are adorable and the scenes depicted certainly provide amusement.

This book was well drawn, well written and a great book overall! Definitely worth five stars!


By Kindle Customer on January 13, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

I read this book on the author’s website, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A young boy awakes one morning without his smile. No matter where he looks, he cannot find it. He asks everyone he meets on his way to school, but they can’t share their smiles. The book is filled with a host of interesting characters, for instance: the boy’s dog wears glasses, smokes a pipe, and drives a car, but has lost his sense of smell, then there’s a closet monster who eats all of the boy’s clothes, and even a bunch of surf boarding ants.

I absolutely adore the illustrations, all done in sepia tones, and feel they greatly enhance the book. This would be a good read for younger children who need an adult to read to them, or for more advanced readers of aged 8 and upwards. The whole thing is about 60 pages long. The language used is age-appropriate, and flows well. I love the message in this book: That anything we share with love, multiplies.


By Diana on December 24, 2014

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This is a delightful book, full of imagination and a cute lesson about the nature of shared smiles. The superhero dog who wears glasses while he reads is my favorite of Rossis’s many quirky characters that populate the pages. Runaway Smile would make a good chapter book for children not yet old enough to read, and is equally suitable for grade-school readers. The playful illustrations by Fousekis are clever and perfect for the story. A fun and heartwarming adventure.
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