Where the Sea Meets the Sky.

Sophie's mum says no one can reach the horizon and no one should try - but this brave little sea otter thinks it doesn't look that far!

Little does she know what adventures lie ahead of her...

A beautiful tale of excitement and bravery that proves Mum always knows best!

Awarded the Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2018 and published by Hodder Children's Books on 28th May 2020.



Channel Island Children's Book Awards - Picture Book of the Year 2021, shortlisted

The Klaus Flugge Prize 2021, longlisted

Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2018


"The illustrations are truly stunning and it’s hard to believe this is Riko Sekiguchi’s first picture book. The swirling seascapes and delightful characters bring the whole story to life." - Ivy's Library

"This gorgeous story – packed with wonder, warmth, underwater adventures and Sekiguchi’s stunning palette of illustrations – will delight both children and parents" - Lancashire Post

"Stunning illustrations capture the changing light as day fades into night and the underwater worlds teem with colour and expression — the double-page spread of a whale is worth the price of the book. Warm, funny and life-affirming, this will be read again and again." - Daily Mail

"The book is filled with absolutely beautiful illustrations by Riko Sekiguchi." - Mamma Fliz

"This sweet tale is ideal for sharing together, and little ones will love the cute and colourful images of Sophie’s underwater world."

- Scottish Book Trust

"Riko Sekiguchi won the Carmelite Picture Book Prize for new children’s book illustrators with her illustrations for this book, in which an adorable sea otter adventures forth into the wide ocean." - BookTrust


"As well as a sweet book about the bond between parents and children, there’s also some great nature observation to be had, with little ones learning about whales, sea otters and the bright fish of the ocean." - BookTrust

"The illustrations by Riko Sekiguchi are oh so beautiful! I absolutely love the art style especially the waves and the detail has so much depth to it." - Delphine and Eyre

"Add to that Riko Sekiguchi’s absolutely beautiful artwork and you’ve got a modern classic in the making. I love the colours and textures of the marine scenes, and the dramatic contrasts between the night and day spreads." - We(e) Read(s)

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