Gretel is visiting Siri’s friend Otto.
She proudly explains to the other children that she has a new pet: a flea. Gretel promises to introduce Siri and the Ottos to the flea if she gets to try out all of their instruments: the trumpet, drums, maracas and harmonica.
Gretel plays to her heart’s content out on the yard and the noise is deafening! But it seems that the grown-ups can’t stop her since they are too scared of the flea. After a while it is finally time for everyone to meet Gretel’s flea. But to their disappointment it has disappeared! Has it gone to the flea market to do some shopping?
The characters found in the Siiri books are among the most loved in Finnish children’s literature. Siiri is an energetic little girl, and Little Otto, Middle Otto, and Big Otto are her best friends. The Siiri books, created by author Tiina Nopola (b. 1955) and illustrator Mervi Lindman (b.1971), bring the everyday moments that mean so much to pre-school children to life.
Siiri and her New Friends, 2002
Siiri and the Upstairs Neighbour, 2003
Siiri and Messy Gretel, 2004
Siiri and the Horrid Pig, 2005
Siiri and the Little Flea, 2006
Siiri and the Perky Puppy, 2008
Siiri’s Christmas Surprise, 2009
Siiri and the Scary Ghost, 2010
Siiri Scores a Goal, 2011
Siiri and the Yeti, 2012
Siiri and the Wild Toddler, 2013
Siiri and the Star, 2014
Siiri Finds a Seashell, 2015
Siiri and the Lucky Horse, 2016
Siiri and Curious Casper, 2017
Siiri and the Bold Rabbit, 2018
Siiri and the Big Climb, 2020
Arab World (ICHI/Ink)
China (Graphic Communications Press)
Denmark (Carlsen, Turbine)
Estonia (Võru Instituut)
Hungary (Kolibri Kiadó)
Latvia (Zvaigzne ABC)
Lithuania (Nieko Rimto)
Sweden (Bonnier Carlsen)
Vietnam (Kim Dong)
“Mervi Lindman’s gentle and funny illustrations complement Tiina Nopola’s fast and flowing narration wonderfully.” — Helsingin Sanomat newspaper