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Nicholas Hardcover – June 14, 2005
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Not only was the original wonderfully done (on that I have the testimony of the girls' mother, who read it for a French class in high school) but the English translation is perfect. Nicholas and his friends are still little French schoolboys, but the names of the adults and some of the children have been changed to their English equivalents. (The snooty rich kid is now Cuthbert.)
I think part of their appeal is that they aren't politically correct. They swear ("big fat stupid ninny!") and smoke cigars and beat each other up and run away from home. The girls are terrible manipulators. On the other hand, Nicholas cries from time to time. It's all very satisfactory!
I'm delighted to see that in Britain a second volume is being published this month (October 2005). With any luck, it will soon be available in the U.S. I know of two children and six adults who can't wait!
Nicholas attends an all boy's school somewhere in France. Where he lives is not especially important. What is important is that he and his friends often have ripping good times, much to the dismay of a variety of authority figures.Read more ›
This story is so charming, I'm already looking for futher volumes! Goscinny's writing is full of wit and the directness that children really do have. Reading the first chapter, "A Photograph To Treasure" took me right back to my own childhood, and the antics of Picture Day. I think I even had the same teacher Nicholas did!
The late Rene Goscinny obviously had a special gift. We so often loose our childlike imaginations and candor when we become grown-ups, but not he. Like so many others around the world, I am an admirer of Sempe's work from magazines like the New Yorker, and his illustrations here strike just the right tone for this wonderful story.
Don't worry if you don't have children, or nieces or nephews. This book is for anyone and everyone. It's gentle charm will touch your heart and remind you of the sweeter, simpler times in life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very French, the kids get into fights, as young boys often do, the humor is great for adults and children alike. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mari J.
This book is in English. I wanted the original, French version.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I highly recommend "Nicholas," especially as a read-aloud for children of all ages. Even as an adult, I find refreshing humor in this collection of tales about a young... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KMG
My 10 year old son LOVED the book and as soon as he was finished he asked that we order the rest in the series !Published 13 months ago by Jodi-Bridgewater NJ
This is the book that can be re-read multiple times and every time you will find a brilliant statement that you had not noticed earlier!Published 14 months ago by Chirag Rathod