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Where do smiles come from and where do they go when we can't see them? We find out in this rhyming tale when the Wizard sends Joy on a quirky quest to find her missing smile...

"Carroll Devine has created a delightful twist on the universal tale of finding the joy within by looking outside of ourselves. Suzanne King's illustrations are a perfect complement to this lovely lesson about never being too old to rediscover your Thing-Matter-Ma-Peep." 

  - Christina Rukavina, Hollins University Children's Literature MFA, children's author and early childhood specialist

"In The Mystery of the Missing Smile, poet Carroll Devine addresses the truth that happiness flows from our ability to see the goodness and beauty in the world around us. What a wonderful lesson!" 

  - Brod Bagert, award winning author of 17 books of poetry for children, young adults, and adults

"This magical story teaches us to look for happiness within ourselves, and the enchanting details make the stunning illustrations pop to life."   -  Children's books co-authors, Alice Couvillon, Retired High School teacher, and Elizabeth Moore, Times-Picayune columnist. 

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