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Musiville: Let's face the music and conduct (Niditales) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 3, 2015
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Nicholas 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 his baby daughter and two silly cats, all of whom claim his lap as home. His first children's book, Runaway Smile, has won the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award, among other distinctions.
In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short 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.
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The clever illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis will delight children, as will the names of the animals. There is an appendix in the back of the book to help with the identification of the animals.
What I really liked about Musiville is the lesson learned when everyone comes together and is considerate of one another. It is perfect for reading to younger children, as well as for older children. I give Musiville five stars.
Nicholas Rossis is the creative force behind this book. He brings to life a new and unusual story that will engage children's imagination along with a talented illustrator who uses his artistic ability to capture the essence of each character in the story. I look forward to seeing what this duo comes up with next.
I found this book by Nicholas Rossis to be a delightful whimsical story for children where each animal has developed their proboscises into becoming a different musical instrument. For example, you’ve got Drumopotamus [drum + hippopotamus], Pandiano [panda + piano], Frogpipe [frog + bagpipe], and so forth. And with each animal playing their own individual tune, instead of having a single harmonious sound, you wound up with a horrific, deafening din.
This bruhaha not only drives the rats out of their hiding places, it also brings on a continuous slow decimation of the village itself. And if it hadn’t been for Maracerus’ [maraca + rhinoceros] unwillingness to see this situation continue any longer, no meeting would have been convened where a decision to hire a leader who’d be responsible in seeing there’d be some resemblance of order with harmonious music filling the air.
There’s a subliminal message within the pages of this book dealing with the important need of communication and cooperation in order to resolve basically any problem which might come along. It shows how with cooperation something can become a utopia, and that without it you’ll wind up with a dystopia.
For having given his readers this worthwhile book, how can I not give Mr. Rossis 5 STARS
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 by the unexpected threat?
Here's a great book for all the kids out there. With fantastic illustrations and story that hits the important issues, it's something your kid should read. This story shows what great achievements can come from cooperation instead of competition.
This story shows what great achievements can come from cooperation instead of competition. With all of the animal-instrument hybrids, the story tells you that being different is completely OK, that you can embrace it and even use it.
The imagination of both authors is fantastic. There are even descriptions and drawings of Musiville citizens at the end of the book.
Maracerus, a rhinoceros with a maracas type appendage instead of a horn, and his good friend Flurrow, who can sing like a flute, need to help the other musianimals, each with a different musical instrument instead of noses, learn a valuable lesson - before their Village is ruined.
There are great illustrations throughout to help kids (and adults) see what the animals look like.
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By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis
The little village of Musiville is occupied by either strange animals or even stranger...Read more