Nicholas in Trouble: Rene Goscinny
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (October 31, 2008)
Nicholas in Trouble is the fifth book in the Nicholas series, and boy am I bummed that I didn’t start this series from the beginning — Nicholas in Trouble is a great read! The series was originally written in French during the late fifties and early to mid sixties, by Rene Goscinny (also known for his series Asterix the Gaul), and illustrated by the world famous Jean-Jacques Sempe (some of his work has been on the covers of the New Yorker and in the Paris Match). Award-winning Anthea Bell is the outstanding talent who has translated this brilliant series — English-speaking children all over the world should be writing her thank you notes for giving them the opportunity to enjoy such a funny and delightful series.
Although set in France during more simple times, children will have no trouble connecting with Nicholas. Whether at home, in the playground, or at school, there is never a chapter that goes by without a pitch-perfect comical moment. Even learning how to cross the road safely and writing thank-you letters becomes extremely entertaining. From the relationships with his friends (“the gang”), to his teacher, and his parents, there is surely a moment that every reader will have experienced … or at least witnessed. Parents will find it hard not to smile at this outstanding combination of writing and illustration. Each chapter is short, to the point, and decorated with purposeful illustrations, making it a great choice for reluctant readers, or for a chapter or two before bed.
Note: Readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid are sure to enjoy the Nicholas series, and the other way around.
Links: A review by Cool Mom Picks.