Written by RenÃ© Goscinny
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February 2010 Guest Editor Robert Muchamore on Nicholas Again.
Nicholas’ world of mad teachers, swimming lessons, chaotic school trips and football matches ruined by bossy adults will seem familiar to anyone who’s ever suffered the indignity of being a schoolboy.
When the adults aren’t creating chaos, Nicholas’ gang takes over. From bottom of the class Matthew, to Alec who never stops eating, the thoroughly spoiled Geoffrey and poor Cuthbert who regularly gets thumped for being the teacher’s pet!
While the heroes of most children’s books seek out adventure, Nicholas is an ordinary boy who tries to stay out of trouble but finds it anyway. The premise is low-key, but the genius of the series is that the comedy comes from everyday scenarios that kids can easily relate to.
Nicholas Again by RenÃ© Goscinny
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 Sempe 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.
'illustrated with diabolic humour by Jean Jacques Sempe ... a series of subversive stories about a little French boy which has captivated readers since the Sixties.'
'a chic and sturdily childproof new English edition, translated in ebullient vernacular by Anthea Bell'
'hilarious and timeless anecdotes that will have readers giggling.'
'...Liberally endowed with Sempe's tiny, comic cartoon figures, these whimsical mini-adventures will captivate readers...'
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Phaidon Press Ltd
1st March 2006
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