40 Over 40

Michael Dotsikas

by Dustin Plantholt Editor-in-Chief
August 14, 2023
Michael Dotsikas

In the realm of children's literature, an exceptional storyteller named Michael Dotsikas, also known as "The StoryWeaver," stands as a beacon of inspiration. His impact, recognized by the Monaco 40 over 40 distinction, resonates deeply with those who have had the privilege of crossing paths with this remarkable individual.

The journey of Michael Dotsikas commenced with the heartwarming debut of "Benjamin Birdie's First Flight." This inaugural work marked the beginning of a captivating narrative journey, followed by subsequent tales like "Benjamin Birdie and the Tree Dwellers" and "Where Are Shayla's Socks." Across these pages, his ability to capture the hearts of young readers and caregivers alike is nothing short of remarkable.

But beyond entertainment, this laureate carries a profound mission. Through his stories, he imparts the importance of dreaming big, not only for children but for caregivers as well. His narratives transcend mere storytelling, becoming a guiding light that encourages young minds to explore the boundless landscapes of their imaginations.

Residing in Manorville, New York, alongside his wife Dina and their blended family of five, Michael Dotsikas embodies a spirit of familial warmth. Having emigrated from Greece to the United States at a tender age, he carries the lessons of dreams, determination, and the pursuit of happiness deep within. His creativity extends beyond the written word, encompassing a diverse array of ventures from media to technology.

The call of nature holds a special place in Michael Dotsikas's heart. He finds solace in the embrace of warm, sunlit days and the captivating expanse of a clear night sky. This affinity for the outdoors mirrors the themes of unity and connection woven into his narratives.

The spark of inspiration that ignited his storytelling journey emerged from a small robin's nest in his backyard. This nest, housing a fallen hatchling, sparked the tale of "Benjamin Birdie's First Flight." A story that weaves unity, kindness, and embracing differences into its fabric, offering profound lessons to both young and old.

In an era marked by division, Michael Dotsikas's narratives resonate deeply. His stories, exemplified by "Benjamin Birdie's First Flight," serve as poignant reminders that kindness holds the power to bridge divides and mend wounds. The varied animal characters coexisting within his tales mirror our world, prompting readers to embrace compassion and understanding to create a harmonious reality.

But his contribution extends beyond narrative themes. By featuring endangered species in his tales, Michael Dotsikas raises awareness about the fragility of our ecosystem. He actively encourages readers to support organizations working to protect these magnificent creatures, allowing his stories to transcend the page and become catalysts for change.

His legacy is one of profound kindness and impact. His narratives resonate as more than just tales; they are conduits of humility, kindness, and compassion. Through his words, he implores readers to remember the potential of their actions to positively affect lives and the world at large.

I am proud to consider this remarkable individual not just an exceptional storyteller, but also a cherished friend and a brother in spirit. His stories stand as testaments to literature's power to shape lives and cultivate compassion. Let us celebrate Michael Dotsikas, a Monaco 40 over 40 laureate whose stories remind us to dream, connect, and above all, to be kind.

After all, a kind world is a truly beautiful world.


Dustin Plantholt


Dustin Plantholt, “The Count of Monte Crypto,” is Monaco Voice's Editor-in-Chief. He is highly regarded for his contributions and impact in the world of disruptive technologies and media. He is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has interviewed celebrities, won awards for NFT/Metaverse advisory, and is a highly sought-after panel moderator and global speaker. He has received from Forbes Monaco the prestigious  40 Under 40 award for his undisputed impact in innovating ideas and bringing people together, educating others about digital assets, and his commitment to excellence. 

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