In Nicholas in Trouble, the gang sells raffle tickets for a good cause, learns how to cross the road safely, and brings all kinds of interesting things to school to the surprise and consternation of their long-suffering teacher.
In Nicholas, Goscinny and Sempé have created an archetypal schoolchild whose world of mishaps, confusions, and downright naughtiness are sure to raise a smile, whatever the age of the reader. Written between 1959 and 1965, these classic books are loved by readers around the globe. They offer not only a hilarious and entertaining read but a vivid description of French life and culture. Though the books are clearly set in a more innocent past, the charming world conjured up in this book is instantly familiar, full of situations almost everyone who has ever been seven years old can relate to without any trouble at all: being made to write thank-you letters, having to endure older relatives who keep insisting on giving you a kiss, and all those arguments with your friends that seem like the most important thing in the world one day, and are happily forgotten the next.
The Nicholas stories are considered classics and available in twenty-six languages. The tales of Nicholas and his friends delight both children and adults, and they are regularly used as teaching materials by primary and junior school French teachers. The sublimely innocent Nicholas is firmlyestablished as a literary cult figure, having charmed millions of readers worldwide since the series was first published over forty years ago. Nicholas in Trouble was translated from the original French by the award-winning translator Anthea Bell, who also helped bring Asterix the Gaul to the Anglophone world.
Nicholas and Nicholas and the Gang were both honored with the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for Outstanding Children’s Books Originally Published in a Foreign Language, the former in 2006 and the latter in 2008.