Dad is Looking for a Job

Text by Valentina Philippenko, illustrated by Lera Elunina

Job hunting is a big deal. Or is it fun? A fantastic chapter book that helps to find many incredible answers to the question: what would you be when you grow up? Maybe a treasure hunter hired by the pirates?

After his company shut down, Luda’s father lost his job. An ex-driver and a passionate music lover, he is now hunting for a job. Every day he looks through advertisements, trying to catch a position that would suit him best. And he finds a job, and not just one he drives a water pot truck with a mermaid, he trims clouds, he helps pirates find their lost treasure and he does many other exciting things. However, dad, mom, and even their little daughter, they all actually know that none of this is his real vocation. It’s time for the daughter to act.

2022 Third Prize of Original Illustration Exhibition of Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award (China)

Simplified Chinese

  • Such a challenge as job hunting turns into a fun adventure with a number of incredible professions.
  • A fantastic tale for children and adults about dreams, inspiration, positive thinking, and soul searching.
  • Excellent treatment for melancholy: you’ll learn about trained butterflies, supervisors of bed softness, and Egyptian tango.
  • Sincere friendship between a father and a daughter.
  • Valentina Philippenko finished this manuscript during her writing residency in Peredelkino – a legendary writers’ countryside complex, where many famous Russian writers lived. and worked, e.g. Boris Pasternak or Arseny Tarkovsky, to name a few.
  • Lera Elunina is the winner of the 2021 ARS IN FABULA Grant awarded each year to a young illustrator under the age of 30, selected for the Illustrators Exhibition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Middle Grade, Series
Age: 8+
Pages: 176
Size: 200*140 mm
Published by Samokat in 2022

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