Alberta’s Shop of Dreams

Martina Walther

German, Kunstanstifter, 2023

Business is quiet at Alberta’s secondhand shop in a little seaside town. She spends most of the time alone, mending and polishing and cleaning things. One day, however, a man desperately searching for a parking space triggers gossip that there is something extra-special about Alberta’s shop. People come flooding in, each with their own particular request: a chair with a long back and short legs, a grumpy cloud, more pepper in their life, an inflatable dumbbell. . . Alberta darts eagerly back and forth among the crowded shelves, looking for a fitting item – and she always comes up with the right answer.
Then one day Alberta’s loyalest customer, Pepe the fisherman, comes to town again and asks her the question that changes everything.

Albertas Wunschladen
Translation rights
Anne Schlag,
Publication date
January 2023


Martina Walther

Martina Walther is a Swiss illustrator born in 1983. She divides her time between Lucerne and a small village in the Emmental valley. She studied Illustration Fiction at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Alberta’s Shop of Dreams is her third children’s book and the first she has written herself. Things she loves about her work are her permanently cluttered long desk, drawing, doing collage and pottery, and sticking storybooks together. During her breaks she likes to explore flea markets or take a dip in Lake Lucerne.

Photo:  © Kezia Zurbrügg