We’re Frederick & Sophie…

We’re city-kids, best friends, and adventurers! We used to only make a terrible racket inside the mind of Priscilla Obermeier as her super-best-imaginary friends. When she asked us to get out of her head and start making a noise in the world, we said, “Well, absolutely and by all means.” We call her Pris, and we talk to her ALL.THE.TIME. Our manny is called George. He can count to five in Indonesian, play the piano, and sing out loud. Frederick has a dog that looks like a gorilla. His name is Wally. That’s short for Waldorf Archibald the third and three quarters. This is a picture of Pris with her family on the couch.

Pris wanted to create an online happy place with a shop and lots of stories for adventurous, curious, imaginative kids and their grown ups. We told her that she must absolutely do exactly that and name it after us, Frederick & Sophie.

Pris is married to Markus. He likes to drink liters of green tea, ski down mountains, and live and travel around the world. When he travels he has absolutely nothing to declare. Markus and Pris like to sit at the kitchen table and talk, talk, talk.

Indy is their son. He’s very much like us. He’s a third culture kid who absolutely loves to make up stories, read books, watch movies, play video games, stay in hotels, and order Room Service. Markus and Pris named him after Indiana Jones because they wanted his life to be an adventure. Together, they traveled the world and lived in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Berlin, Milan, and Vienna. Now, they live in Dubai, the city of the Burj Khalifa, souks, and gold, and they’re already thinking about where to live next. Here’s the thing of it, that’s rather adventurous. 



Here’s what you can do. Prance around the shop to find enormously important toys, snacks and sweets, pajamas, and toothpaste that tastes like strawberry, or scamper to F&S Storytime for an Absolutely Amazing Adventure, stand on one leg and read out loud. You can also wear sunglasses and read Diary of a City Mom. It’s very good for hiding over a long period of time.

Pris writes all of our adventures, and she spends one quadrubillion hours searching for all of the terribly terrific toys that fit into our world. Maya is our illustrator and we absolutely love her. Here’s what we hate: stinky toenails and people who say, “Nonsense,” all the time.

We’re all over this place. Half the time we’re lost, but you’ll run into us.

Frederick & Sophie

Illustration: Maya E Shakur for FREDERICK & SOPHIE

F&S, in a Nutshell


What do you like to do for fun?

Frederick: ride a wooly mammoth
Sophie: win a grand prix

Two words to describe you would be…..

Frederick: very well
Sophie: absolutely busy

What is your breakfast of choice?

Frederick: spaghetti with hot dogs
Sophie: frozen yoghurt with sprinkles

Travel Tips

Frederick: always pack a parachute
Sophie: always have a grand exit


Frederick: hide and not get arrested
Sophie: chew gum and fight giants

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Frederick: a big child and a space pirate
Sophie: a big child and President of Mars

What scares you?

Frederick: sprouts
Sophie: broccoli

What makes you happy?

Frederick: toys, travel, and dinosaurs
Sophie: my bike, room service, and pajamas

What’s your favorite book?

Frederick: Peter Pan
Sophie: The Jungle Book

If you could fly, where would you fly to?

Frederick: New York, Dubai, London, and Neverland
Sophie: Jakarta, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Pluto

If you could make a law, what would it be??

Frederick: you must imagine out loud six times a day
Sophie: you must play and ask lots of questions about everything

What is one thing you would change about the world?

Frederick: more play
Sophie: more hugs and laughter