By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Domitris Fousekis
What would one do if awaking without a smile? This is exactly what happens to one little boy and throws him into a state of panic. How does one lose a smile anyway? This is what both the boy and his book-reading dog wonder. Life goes forward, and after looking everywhere, including the closet where the monster lives, he prepares to leave for school. Perhaps he'll find it along the way.
The determined little boy has some wild, funny and most unlikely experiences as he drags his back pack along, stacked high with books. He meets some eccentric characters along the way, including a clown with a painted on smile, an enthusiastic salesman and a king but none are willing to give him their smiles. In fact, the chaos causes them to lose their own smiles as well.
School is no better since his teacher never seems to have a smile either--just frowns. At the end of a most unbelievable day, the little boy is still without his smile. Will he ever find it? This eclectic tale for both children and adults, by author Nicholas C. Rossi is comical; filled with ridiculously hilarious situations that only children and adults who think like them could conjure up.
The illustrations are unique, and a bit confusing at times, except maybe to an imaginative child. It has a 'happily ever after' ending which all kids love and more than enough smiles to go around for all who read this well-crafted wacky, yet sentimental story.