For Children


Niditales is the children’s book series developed by Dimitris Fousekis (illustrations) and me. A total of six books have been penned: two have already been published, and a further four are currently being illustrated.

Runaway Smile: An unshared smile is a wasted smile

A little boy’s smile runs away until it owner learns that an unshared smile is a wasted smile.

Runaway Smile is the first book in the Niditales series. You can check it out on Runaway Smile’s page.

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…

Runaway Smile | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksA 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.


Musiville is the second book in Niditales series. Until the year’s end, you can read the entire book on my blog. Please keep in mind that, come January, only a limited part will be available. So, if anyone wishes to read it then, just let me know through the contact form or in the comments.

Musiville | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

A group of animals has evolved into musical instruments. Or is it the other way around? Whichever the case, they have now formed their own little village: Musiville. And bands. Lots and lots of bands. When everyone starts playing their own tune, buildings get torn down by an invader. Can Musiville be saved from this unexpected threat?

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197 thoughts on “For Children”

  1. What a great story! The windsurfing ants are my favorite. 🙂 May I share this on my Facebook page?

  2. Hi- what do you think the avg age range is for your book? Looks great!

  3. Not only did I love the book,Nicholas, I finally remembered to review it on Amazon. Sell a million of this treasure!

  4. What a lovely book! Can’t wait to read it to the kids later today. And it’s for sure thought provoking. Well done!

  5. I just wanted to congratulate you on this wonderful news! Yu must be proud to have been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award for your book. I will definitely have to take a read. All the best!

  6. What a wonderful news Nicholas! Congratulations and more grease to your elbow! 🙂

  7. Many congratulations. You’ve done a fine job. I#ll be sharing it on Twitter & Google+ 🙂

  8. This is awesome, Nicholas! Congratulations!

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  10. I love this, I have to read it to my children. Thank you:)<3 Love, Isabella

  11. I enjoyed the story so much–rather than putting a review here, I put mine on Amazon. Hope that’s ok!

  12. Hello Nicholas, thank you so much for the follow. I do hope you enjoy some of my upcoming posts, although they are not as regular as usual. I just had a scroll through your children’s book, and it looks delightful! Love the layout and the illustrations. I will be sure to read it soon.

  13. This is a lovely book, beautifully illustrated. The kind of story that is fun to read with young children.

  14. Just left a review on Amazon, ordered a paperback copy for my grandson in Florida and downloaded the eBook copy for my kindle. A great addition to any child’s bookshelf. Kudos!

  15. Great book. Kids will love it, Nicholas!

  16. Thanks so much for the opportunity to read your wonderful book, I’ve left a review on Amazon (both of them)
    And the book is in my next order – I’m building a library for my grandson although it’ll be a while before he’s old enough to appreciate it 🙂

  17. Thank you, Nicholas, for this lovely book. It is a perfect book for middle grade students to read themselves. It has clever illustrations and a rhymic rhyme at the end. It is a fun book for kids with its comical prose. You have a wonderful sense of humor and fun. Best wishes for a Happy New Year, my friend! xo

  18. Shirley Harris-Slaughter said:

    What a nice catchy title. I’ll be sure and download it. Thanks Nick

  19. Thank you Nicholas for the free read. Quite an interesting little people’s story. This is a story for ages 10 – 12, I must say. I believe that, that age and a little above will be able to capture the essence, and lesson of that story. Happy New Year!

  20. Yummy! Imagining them from afar!! We ate chocolate chip cookies till we were blue in the face 🙂 Enjoy the season!

  21. You’re welcome…it just happened to catch my eye and thought you would want to know! Just reviewed on Amazon. Great read I also sent to my son to read to the kids. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  22. Nicholas…what a great read! I love the illustrations in the book and love the story of the little boy looking for his smile. A very nice children’s book that conveys a very important message. Only one thing I did notice FYI…page 61 on the right seems not to have a margin on the right. Hope that helps!! Great book!

    • Thanks, Patrick, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! 🙂

      I’ve cropped the images to make sure they best fit the gallery, so it seems I was too aggressive with my cropping tool on that page. Thanks for bringing it to my attention 🙂

  23. I will definitely read and review for you Nicolas, looking forward to it. It looks fabulous. All best for 2015. 🙂

  24. I’m excited to read this book to my kids tomorrow. I’ll have them help to write a review in their own words.

  25. That’s very sweet and I love the drawings.



  26. Must be read with your family. The family will come alive with the boy looking for the runaway smile. As we read, every member in my family had wonderful remarks about where to find the smile. This book, ‘Runaway Smile’ is entertaining for the whole family as well as educational for the little ones.

  27. Shared today on Facebook, with the following message: This is a highly entertaining and well-written book for children that you can read online for free. The author, like any child, lets his imagination run free. The moral of the story is incredibly touching.

  28. What a wonderful children’s book! Humorously told, with great illustrations, it’s a perfect way to teach children that genuine smiles only multiply when shared!

  29. Nicholas, Our granddaughter is 8, will she be able to handle this book?

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