Friday, August 19, 2016

Another Winning book for Children

By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis
The little village of Musiville is occupied by either strange animals or even stranger musical instruments. They appear to be a combination of both. And loud! Oh so loud. Their favorite thing is playing their music in bands. All kinds of music all at once. Did I say music? It's impossible to say when each musi-animal is playing a different tune or style.
The variety of musicians like the Pelicanophone and the Drumopotamus is as different as the instrumental noise--I mean music --coming from them. At first they think it's great playing their own music with others doing the same, in spite of headaches and earaches. Soon, so many various styles and sounds become chaotic LOUD music, quite deafening even to the musicians themselves.
Imagine a Frogpipe playing soothing bagpipe songs while Cymbalape clangs away on cymbals. it's just too much for Maracerus who is considering moving away before the whole town literally falls apart from the vibrations. Already parts of many of the houses are losing shingles and creaking as if haunted by ghosts. It takes an earthquake, a real one, to make Maracerus realize that the whole village is dissonant--playing out of tune. Frogpipe agrees and exclaims over the racket that  what they need is a conductor. And that's when all of Musiville decides to hold a competition to select the one best suited to be a conductor. It's an easy solution to a big problem--or is it?
Nicholas C. Rossi, author of the widely acclaimed award winning 'Runaway Smile,' has once again written a quirky, lovable story guaranteed to make children of all ages laugh out loud over the absurdity of his characters. While engaged in figuring out which combo of animal and musical instrument is which, they are also learning through his storyline that all problems can be solved when everyone agrees to work together in harmony.
The illustrations are comical and unique, and the author puts a glossary at the end of the book describing each music maker and showing it's picture. This would be much more helpful if placed at the front of the story. This most unusual story can be read to little ones, while appealing to older children who can read for themselves, and many childlike adults, of which I am one. Young readers tired of the old well-used fairy tales, will especially enjoy the funny, often clamorous works of this talented, multi-genre writer.

Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Boy Who Lost His Smile

Runaway Smile
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. 

Micki Peluso

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Cat Who Wanted A Dog

Newly released: THE CAT WHO WANTED A DOG
By Micki Peluso
Coloring book illustrations
by Neva Franks See More


Friday, July 22, 2016

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Based on a true story, this tale is narrated by Toby, a cat who lives with Grandma and Grampa and has never met a dog. His life changes when  a huge golden retriever, comes to visit. Rocky is a lovable dog and tries to make friends with Toby, who is both afraid of him and disgusted with his doggy drool. They finally become friends and then Rocky's visit is over. Toby is so sad that Grandma and Grampa take him to the doctor who suggests Toby is lonely. Toby gets an amazing present, a Dog!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Better Living Through Fantasy: Welcoming RRBC Spotlight Author Micki Peluso

Better Living Through Fantasy: Welcoming RRBC Spotlight Author Micki Peluso: I'm delighted to welcome to the blog today Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author Micki Peluso.  Her well-reviewed memoir,   . . . An...

Monday, July 11, 2016



Our "SPOTLIGHT" this week is on MICKI PELUSO, author of "...AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG" which you can snag a copy of at
To find out even more about MICKI, the amazing support-filled package she's receiving this week, and to support her on her 7-day blog tour, please visit the "SPOTLIGHT" Author's page on this site.
Don't forget to join MICKI as she takes her chances up "ON THE SHELF" with Nonnie Jules on Thursday, 7/14/16 as well as sitting down for a LIVE interview on the RAVE WAVES show, "BRING ON THE SPOTLIGHT."
So much fun for MICKI as she sits under "the" most fabulous "SPOTLIGHT" ever!
Let's show @MickiPeluso grand support while she sits in this fabulous "hot" seat here at RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, so that when you're sitting here, the same will be done for you!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Celebrating the 4th of July

While Nero Fiddled . . .

As we celebrate this Fourth of July let us contemplate on what we can do to help keep this great, cherished Nation from going the ways of other great Empires. Let us join together as one people, free of bias, greed and corruption as we work to bring back and maintain the beauty and purity of this great land of the free---'America the Beautiful.' 

While Nero Fiddled . . .

The Roman Empire between 100 and 200 AD encompassed Northern Scotland and reached out as far as Asia. It was one of four classified Empires; including Han China, Mauryan, India and Parthian Persia. The Roman Empire stands out due to its ability to unify and cause major changes in language and the development of lands conquered. It is said that the United States of America is second in this endeavor. So why did the Roman Empire Fall? The glory that was Rome fell by 284 AD due in part by what is taking down our country today — greed, corruption and apathy.

As we watch our own great nation, once the shining star of the free world grow ever weaker, inundated with internal and external problems, one wonders if we are following the footsteps of the once mighty Empire whose arrogance and refusal to see or care blinded them to their own demise. Our country became the United States of America in 1776 with the words of our Constitution written in the blood of those who fought and died for it. That would be about 240 years ago.

We face many of the Roman Empire’s problems and more, which includes loss of respect from other nations, mockery from our enemies, little or no aid from countries that we spend billions upon, as well as major financial, medical, and environmental problems on our front. Scandals in government have scorched the integrity of our political philosophies. We have backed down from stamping out terrorism when it first raised its ugly tentacles in the 1970's; beatable than, not so easily now. Our economy, dependent upon two-income families, has affected the lives of this present generation of children, along with the ever progressive computer technology which is both advantage and bane. We have been forewarned and educated in problems needing immediate solutions. As a Super Power we still ‘talk the talk’ but fail to ‘walk the walk.’ Chicken Little is scurrying about, crying out, ‘The Sky is Falling.’ We don’t bother to glance up.

Can we be so foolish as not to see what's happening to our once great nation? The greed, corruption, and apathy are snowballing into a massive avalanche that may well bury the country we once knew. Cartoonist Walt Kelly paraphrased Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous quotation, ‘We have met the enemy and they are ours.’ On the second Earth Day on April 22, 1970, Walt Kelly’s first ‘Pogo’ cartoon graced the cover of a magazine. His words were relating to environmental issues but aptly fit all the problems of our times. “We have met the enemy and they are us.’