The Greek edition of Musiville, my second children’s book, is now ready!
The English one is in the capable hands of Alexios Saskalidis, which means I’ll probably be able to launch it real soon – possible by the week’s end. In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of one of the suggested covers, the blurb, and some of Dimitris Fousekis’ amazing illustrations.
Musiville: Let’s Face the Music
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. Each playing its own tune. When the resulting clamor attracts an unexpected guest, Musiville’s very survival is at stake.
Who can save the village from this new threat?
Let’s meet some of the Musiville animals!
Maracerus: A close relative to the more common rhinoceros, Maracerus has a round appendix at the edge of his nose instead of a horn. When he shakes his head, it produces a maraca-like sound. Although he can’t play a melody, he is still a highly-valued member of most Latin groups.
Eaglistle: A bird with a loud whistle that can be heard from great distances. They are famous for their excellent eyesight. As a result, when not playing music, they fly as lookouts over Musiville, to warn of any approaching danger. The infamous rat infestation was a big embarrassment to the Eaglistles: a small group of rats dug their way into the village, thus escaping the Eaglistles’ attention.
Pelecanophone: At first glance, one might mistake a Pelecanophone for a normal pelican. However, this bird has a xylophone inside its beak. This produces a warm sound that can be heard from afar. It feeds mainly on Fishynotes, which is why it is notorious for its false notes.
Pandiano: Because of its bamboo-based diet, this mammal’s teeth are so hard that they sound like a piano. Pandianos use their big cheeks to amplify the sound produced.
Cymbalape: A monkey-like Symbian. His hands end in circular, flexible cymbals. Cymbalapes love speed, which is why they usually bang their cymbals together while skating.
Mulltappede: Having a hundred feet, this large insect can dance for hours. Her specialty is tap-dancing. As it takes her forever to tie and untie her shoelaces, she always runs late.
Hornolion: Evolution has given this unusual mammal horns instead of a mane. Until recently, Hornolions were famous for their church music. However, modern Hornolions prefer jazz.
Drumopotamus: By knocking his big feet against his equally large belly, a Drumopotamus can produce a deep, deafening sound similar to a bass drum. The only thing they love more than music is water. That is why they can be found splashing in rivers, when not playing their melodies.
Trumpephant: Their long trunk allows Trumpephants to produce a deafening trumpet-like sound. Trumpephants are partial to jazz.