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Nicholas Hardcover – 23 May 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; UK edition edition (23 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844824
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lovable, naïve and very French, Nicholas is timeless.'
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

'a chic and sturdily childproof new English edition, translated in ebullient vernacular by Anthea Bell'
The Spectator

'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...'
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About the Author

René Goscinny (1926-77), born in Paris, lived most of his early years in Buenos Aires and New York. He returned to France in the 1950s where he met Jean-Jacques Sempé and together they created the character of Nicholas, the famous schoolboy. He later worked with Albert Uderzo on making the adventures of Asterix the Gaul. A prolific and internationally successful children's author, he is also the creator of Lucky Luke and Dingodossiers, among others. He received Césars repeatedly for his numerous animated cartoons.

Jean-Jacques Sempé (b.1932), expelled from school for bad behaviour, enjoyed a vast range of jobs including winebroker and supervisor at children's holiday camps. His world-renowned illustrations and cartoons are featured on the covers of the New Yorker magazine and amuse the readers of Paris Match and the Figaro Littéraire on a weekly basis.

Anthea Bellwas 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.


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