Eugene Trivizas was educated in law and specialized in comparative criminology, and even though he became a professor of criminology, he also made a career as an author of children’s books, becoming Greece’s most prominent and beloved storyteller. If that combo does not make for an intriguing personality, I don’t know what does.
Trivizas is the grandfather you wish you had; always generous and open-hearted, always trusting of your intellect and never patronizing, and with an amazing talent for mesmerizing you with his most incredible narrations of bizarre creatures and unimaginable lands. His books, filled with witty wordplays and quirky humor, have entertained, but also educated many generations of Greek children. Many of these children, now grown up and with children of their own, still find solace in his tales, which never fail to awaken the child within even the most grown up of adults.
For some years now, Trivizas, keeping up with the times, has been collaborating with the LA-based eBook publishing company Ever After Tales, developing interactive eBooks for a new generation of children. Each eBook, with high-quality illustrations, offers an educational opportunity for a child to develop their reading skills, as well as their emotional intelligence while enjoying time with family and friends.
The company’s latest interactive eBook, the second for Trivizas, Little Emily, the Cherry Stalk and the Eraser Bombs, tells the heart-warming story of little Emily and her father Alex, sole inhabitants of a planet he painted just for her, which is now threatened by the vile Count Splodge. It was directed and animated by Panagiotis Rappas, a lifelong voting member of the American Academy of Motion Pictures, and produced by Hal Waite, a Hollywood animation veteran, who learned his craft working with Steven Spielberg.
At the recent Kidscreen Awards, a prestigious annual celebration of the best work in kids television and digital media, Little Emily competed against Disney’s Story Central and PlayDate Digital’s My Little Pony and won the award for Best eBook at the Digital-Preschool category. An important distinction, considering how vast the children’s eBook industry is and how relatively unknown Trivizas is to an international audience.