Stray Kostas

Fox, his dad and his mom – a family of dogs – have a human for a pet, little Kostas. They love him, they take care of him like he is part of the family and, when the time comes for them to leave for their summer vacation, they abandon him far, far away from home. And that is when Kostas becomes a stray, left all alone to wander lost and frightened in the inhospitable, dark city and up against a myriad of dangers. This sounds like a very strange tale… or maybe it isn’t? Makis Tsitas’ picture book takes on the subject of animal cruelty and protection in a completely original and fresh light.


Rights sold:
Albania, Neraida, (2015) / Bulgaria, S. Yancheva – Izida (forthcoming)



Author: Makis Tsitas
Illustrator: Emilia Konteu
Publisher: Psichogios Publications
Year: 2015
Genre: Early readers / illustrated
Format: Soft cover, 14 x 21 cm
Pages: 48
Ages: 7+


Makis Tsitas was born in Yiannitsa in 1971. He studied journalism in Thessaloniki and has worked in the radio industry. He has published short stories and children’s books, many of which have been shortlisted for national children’s awards.His first novel for adults, God Is My Witness (Kichli Publishing, 2013), won the EU Prize for Literature 2014. It has been translated into 9 languages. He lives in Athens and is the director of literary and cultural journal


Emilia Konteu was born in 1984 in Athens. She studied Comics and Cartoon at the AKTO Design School from which she graduated with Honours. She has won the 2nd Prize for New Talents of the Magazine 9. She works as a children's book illustrator and has worked with many publishing houses.