Lamellia: The Wicked Queen by Gloria D. Gonsalves is first and foremost a beautiful metaphor of our world and of the acceptance or rejection of difference… Everything in this captivating story will help parents reveal to their children the importance of showing kindness, following rules and understanding the consequences of one’s actions, whether you are a child or an adult, a citizen or a king or queen!
Marie-Hélène Fasquel | Readers’ Favorite
Like most fables, the lines between good and evil are clearly drawn in Lamellia, but Gonsalves takes it a step further by introducing concepts of kindness, tolerance, and the ability to love despite obvious differences. And while anthropomorphism certainly isn’t a new concept in children’s books, human attributes are typically given to animals in order to educate children on proper behavior and acceptable values. By applying human attributes to mushrooms and other woodland life, Gonsalves takes a more unique approach, teaching younger readers about nature in general, as well as healing through the use of natural remedies.
Marta Cheng | Self-Publishing Review
Taken together, the text and the illustrations combine to create a distinct and striking world in Lamellia. I can imagine there are more stories from this flamboyant land for Gonsalves to tell, and I look forward to reading them.
Jill Murphy | The Bookbag
In “Lamellia: The Wicked Queen” (published by AuthorHouse), author Gloria D. Gonsalves delves further into the adventures of a human baby found and adopted by mushrooms. It is a story continuation that was begun in Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms.
“The mushrooms kingdom’s name Lamellia is coined from lamella, which is the gill in mushrooms. When I wrote the first story, I was terrified. I didn’t know how readers would perceive the idea of mushrooms adopting a human child. From readers and critics feedback, I grasped the importance of a sequel”, says Gonsalves.
Lamellia: The Wicked Queen is a sequel story about a human baby found in the kingdom of mushrooms. King Polipoli and Queen Nobilia are childless, hence the decision to adopt the baby. However, the baby is growing weaker under their care. Queen Nobilia plays a major role in deciding whether Tiara, the adopted human baby, will survive in the kingdom of mushrooms or not. Through revelations in the forest of Eucalyptia, the king finds out the reason for Tiara’s failing health and takes a ruling decision.
“Written for children and those not limited by genres, this book serves as an avenue to impart a lesson on kindness through mushroom characters. I hope it will encourage questions and discussions on similar situations in one’s daily life,” says Gonsalves.