A lockdown bestseller and high spirited story about an enterprising only child and a single-father’s juggle to work from home.
Mika’s father works from home and he’s very busy! He can never find time for the promised swimming trip. So Dad allows Mika to choose a pet from the store while he finishes the project—something quiet like a mouse. And so begins a wonderfully turbulent story in which Mika brings home one animal after another… The mouse gets lost so they need a dog to find it. The dog is followed by a seal, the seal a penguin. One pet for Mika leads to another and another. How many animals can come to stay before a harassed father notices?
A relatable, cheerful and wild picture book for families during lockdown, with a single-parent juggling working from home and childcare. Celebrating Mika’s initiative and creativity, this is a fun and absurd story ideal for 5-7 year olds to read independently or together. Featuring a single dad working from home and gender neutral child, Mika, this picture book allows young readers of all ages to identify with diverse characters.
“Absolutely hilarious.”—Kirkus Reviews
Constanze Spengler is an author and illustrator living in Germany.
Katja Gehrmann writes and illustrates children’s books. She studied illustration in Mexico, Spain and Germany, where she now lives.
Praise for Seahorses Are Sold Out:
"Lively, colorful illustrations drawn in loose black outlines track this incredible saga of a bored kid, an opportunistic pet-shop owner, and a clueless father in comic double-page spreads chronicling Mika’s wild, unsupervised activities, culminating in a surprising climax. Absolutely hilarious."—Kirkus Reviews
“Here is a book that shows a single Dad and never uses a pronoun for its protagonist all whilst being an entertaining page turner in a longer picture book format. It is also a celebration of children’s independence and ingenuity.”—Love Four Learning
“This fun picture book shows how independent our young people can be, and how sometimes bedlam can follow.”—Schools and Libraries Association New Zealand Aotearoa
"Lively, colorful illustrations drawn in loose black outlines track this incredible saga of a bored kid, an opportunistic pet-shop owner, and a clueless father in comic double-page spreads chronicling Mika's wild, unsupervised activities, culminating in a surprising climax...Absolutely hilarious." - Kirkus Reviews
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Seahorses Are Sold Out by Constanze Spengler and translated by Shelley Tanaka is a wild and wonderful tale that will surely delight readers of all ages. Mika is having trouble entertaining himself while he waits for his father to finish his work so that they can go to the beach. Thinking that he has found the perfect compromise, Mika's father sends him to the pet store to purchase a quiet companion. Returning with a mouse, Mika soon misplaces his new pet and must return to the store to buy a puppy to help look for the mouse. After repeated trips to the store, Mika finds himself with a menagerie of animals, and realizes that about the only creature missing is a seahorse. With beautiful illustrations by Katja Gehrmann, this one is destined to become a family favourite. Many thanks to NetGalley and Publisher Spotlight for an ARC.