Sam Savelli is a children's writer, and creator of the internet series 'Creatures of Dawnia' for children.
He first came up with ‘Creatures of Dawnia’ at the age of 12 years old, after drawing a set of animal characters from a drawing book. After putting all the characters together in a story called ‘Baby Rescue’, he went on to develop the characters and create ideas for more stories in the series. Over the next seven years, Sam wrote and created a great number of ‘Creatures of Dawnia’ stories.
In 2016 he wrote his one hundredth ‘Creatures of Dawnia’ story and finally decided that it was about time that he did something with these stories. Having written so much, for no one other than himself and his younger sisters, he wanted to publish the stories to a larger audience. So, he set up the website dawniacity.com and began publishing the stories online and releasing them as ebooks.
Aside from ‘Creatures of Dawnia’, Sam continues to work on a number of other writing projects. He aspired to become a writer from a young age, and plans to devote more time to his writing after completing his degree at the University of Warwick.
on Nov. 30, 2016 :
This first installment of the Creatures of Dawnia series reads like a fantasy adventure epic for kids. The premise is simple; however, Savelli does a wonderful job of making it sound grandiose for children while ensuring that the vocabulary is age-appropriate.
Fuzz and Dack make an unlikely duo, which makes the budding friendship even more endearing. The plot is packed with other interesting and adorable characters that are pretty well-developed for a children's book.
The characters are fantastic, but I cannot get over how imaginative the plot is. I love the fact that the goblin's goons are two polar bears! Also, Fuzz and Dack meet a camel who wants to go to the moon. These are only a couple examples of Savelli's creative genius that make the story interesting for adults too.
Savelli has also managed to include moral concepts in the plot: friendship, teamwork, trust, generosity, willingness to help and empathy are the morals that I picked up on. However, with the way it was written, it is difficult to discern if these were included intentionally because they flow effortlessly throughout the story.
While I can see eight-year-olds reading Baby Rescue on their own, I think that it would be a fantastic book for an adult to read to children as young as four. I truly believe that this could be marketed as a child's "first fantasy epic." Creatures of Dawnia Book 1: Baby Rescue by Sam Savelli could easily sit next to classics like Charlotte's Web, Harriet the Spy, or Wind in the Willows on a child's bookshelf.
(review of free book)