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Seahorses Are Sold Out

Constanze Spengler Katja Gehrmann



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Gecko Guides
04 August 2021
A high-spirited story about an enterprising only child and a 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 herself 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 she gets a dog to find it. the dog is followed by a seal, the seal a penguin. How many animals can come to stay before a harassed father notices?

This is a high-spirited story about an enterprising only child and a father's juggle to work from home.
By:   Constanze Spengler
Illustrated by:   Katja Gehrmann
Imprint:   Gecko Guides
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 270mm,  Width: 210mm, 
ISBN:   9781776573851
ISBN 10:   1776573854
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   04 August 2021
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Constanze Spengler is an author and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. Katja Gehrmann writes and illustrates children's books. She studied illustration in Mexico, Spain and Hamburg, Germany, where she now lives.

Reviews for Seahorses Are Sold Out

When Dad says Mika can get a pet, the kid gets carried away in this import from Germany by way of New Zealand. Mika's father promises they can go to the lake when his work's finished. Bored playing alone, Mika tells Dad a pet will make it easier to let Dad work in peace. Dad distractedly gives Mika his wallet, and Mika selects a mouse at the pet store. When the store owner calls Dad to check about the mouse, Mika overhears Dad tell him, 'Just sell the kid whatever.' Mika enjoys playing with the mouse, but the next morning he's missing. Back at the pet store, Mika buys a puppy to help find the mouse. When the puppy finds the mouse but makes a mess in the bathroom, Mika buys a seal to oversee the bathroom. Then comes a penguin to teach the mouse how to swim in the tub, a parrot to cheer up the sulking penguin, and a baby elephant to drown out the parrot's chatter. Oblivious to the messy menagerie exploding within his house, Mika's workaholic father finishes his project and is ready for that lake trip. But what about the new pets? 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. With the exception of a few people at the lake, all characters present White. Absolutely hilarious.--Kirkus Reviews -- Journal (7/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)

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