Synopses & Reviews
Following on from the publication of Nicholas
in June 2005, Nicholas Again
is the equally beguiling second title in this well-loved series of books, now available to English-speaking children all over the world. Firmly established as a literary cult figure, the sublimely innocent Nicholas has already charmed millions of readers world-wide since these books were first published over forty years ago. Considered classics and available in twenty-six languages, the Nicholas stories have the ability to delight both children and adults. They are also regularly used as teaching materials by primary and junior school teachers.
Nicholas Again contains seventeen riotously funny escapades. An only child, Nicholas's touchingly naive reaction to situations is often at odds with that of the adults around him. The results are calamitous: in the school room, at home or out and about, the exuberance of Nicholas and his friends often takes over. Whether helping to organise a school newspaper, going fishing in the public gardens, or discovering how to enjoy a visit to the art gallery, Nicholas's efforts always brings delightful mayhem.
In Nicholas, Goscinny and Sempé have created an archetypal schoolchild whose world of mishaps, confusions and downright naughtiness will raise a smile, whatever the age of the reader. Written between 1959 and 1965, these classic books are continually reprinted around the globe and offer not only a hilarious and entertaining read, but a vivid description of French life and culture.
Nicholas Again was translated from the original French by Anthea Bell, who also translated the entire Asterix the Gaul saga into English with Derek Hockridge.
"Nicholas Again by Ren Goscinny, illus. by Jean-Jacques Semp, trans. by Anthea Bell, continues the humorous mishaps of the hero first introduced in Nicholas....Those who developed a taste for the tales' rollicking good humor will get their fill from this collection of 17 new adventures." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Readers who enthusiastically tackle American novels about mischievous elementary school kids may not be quite up to this worldlier French version, but they'll certainly enjoy hearing the silliest tales read aloud." Booklist
About the Author
René Goscinny (1926 1977) is the world-famous writer and creator, along with Albert Uderzo, of the adventures of Asterix the Gaul. Born in Paris, Goscinny lived in Buenos Aires and New York before returning to France in the 1950s where he met Jean-Jacques Sempé. They collaborated on picture strips and then stories about Nicholas, the popular French schoolboy. An internationally successful childrens author who also won awards for his animated cartoons, Goscinny died in 1977.
Expelled from school for bad behaviour, Jean-Jacques Sempé (b.1932) took application exams for jobs at the French Post Office, a bank and French Railways, and failed them all. As a result, he became a travelling toothpaste salesman and then joined the army. Having served periods of detention for drawing instead of keeping watch, he eventually won an art prize in 1952 given to encourage young amateur artists to turn professional. Most famous in the English-speaking world for his instantly recognizable New Yorker covers, Sempé's illustrations and cartoons are read avidly by French readers of Paris Match on a weekly basis.