Nicholas and the Gang Text by René Goscinny, with illustrations by Jean-Jacques Semp

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Nicholas and the Gang contains 16 stories about Nicholas, the French schoolboy, and his friends, many of whom are familiar from the other books in the series: there's Alec, who's always eating; Cuthbert, who's always top of the class; Matthew, who's always bottom of the class; and Mary Jane, the little girl with blonde pigtails who lives next door. As usual, the children get into all kinds of trouble, even though they have the very best intentions. In this book, they try to make friends with the owner of a new bookshop near their school, take part in a chaotic radio interview, and play an unusually messy game of chess. Now available in paperback to delight a new Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 214 x 145 mm (8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in)
  • Pages: 120 pp
  • ISBN: 9780714862255

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.

"Nicholas has an engagingly positive outlook on life, loves school despite his academic failings, and has refined the art of driving his parents up the wall, while remaining blissfully unaware of how infuriating they find him."—The Guardian

"Illustrated with diabolic humour by Jean Jacques Sempé... A series of subversive stories about a little French boy which has captivated readers since the Sixties."—Evening Standard

"Hilarious and timeless anecdotes that will have readers giggling."—School Library Journal

"...Liberally endowed with Sempe's tiny, comic cartoon figures, these whimsical mini-adventures will captivate readers..."—Kirkus Reviews

"Lovable, naïve and very French, Nicholas is timeless."—The Guardian

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