The sequel to Nicholas, the classic adventures of the French schoolboy.
Text by René Goscinny, with illustrations by Jean-Jacques Sempé
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Following on from the publication of Nicholas, 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.
Jean-Jacques Sempé (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.
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 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 René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.