Author(s): Rene Goscinny
Following on from the publication of "Nicholas", "Nicholas Again", "Nicholas on Holiday" and 'Nicholas and the Gang", this is the equally funny and charming fifth title in this well-loved series of books, now available to English-speaking children all over the world. In "Nicholas in Trouble", the gang sell raffle tickets for good cause, learn how to cross the road safely and bring all kinds of interesting things to school, to the surprise and consternation of their long-suffering teacher. In "Nicholas", Goscinny and Sempe 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 and offer not only a hilarious and entertaining read, but a vivid description of French life and culture. Though 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.Considered classics and available in twenty-six languages, the Nicholas stories delight both children and adults, and are regularly used as teaching materials by primary and junior school teachers. 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. "Nicholas in Trouble" was translated from the original French by the award-winning Anthea Bell, who also helped to bring "Asterix the Gaul" to the English-speaking world.
Jean-Jacques Sempe (b.1932) is one of the world's most successful illustrators and cartoonists. He is the illustrator of the classic children's-book character, Nicholas, and author of a collection of some thirty albums of his cartoons and graphic novels, all published or to be published by Phaidon. His world-renowned illustrations and cartoons are featured on the cover of the New Yorker and in Paris Match.Rene Goscinny (1926 - 1977) Rene Goscinny was 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 Sempe. They collaborated on picture strips and then stories about Nicholas, the popular French schoolboy. An internationally successful children's author who also won awards for his animated cartoons, Goscinny died in 1977.Anthea Bell was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize (USA) in 2002 for her translation of W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz. Her many works of translation from French and German (for which she has received several other awards) include the Nicholas books and, with Derek Hockridge, the entire Asterix the Gaul saga by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.
Sixteen new stories about Nicholas and his friends, with 85 illlustrations: Jeremy has Problems; The Letter; The Value of Money; Going Shopping with Dad; Carrying Chairs; My Torch; Roulette; Granny Comes to Stay; Road Safety, An Interesting Problem; Pot Luck; The Raffle; Our Badge; The Secret Message; Jonah; A Piece of Chalk