We are thrilled to announce that the World Spanish rights to Ricky Rapper and Needy Nelly (Risto Räppääjä ja nukkavieru Nelli, Tammi 2012) have been acquired by Santillana. Ricky Rapper and Needy Nelly is already the 12th book in this hugely entertaining and internationally popular series for 5-10 year olds, written by Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola and illustrated by Christel Rönns. The publication is planned for Fall 2013. Ricky Rapper books will soon be available in 12 languages including Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Recently both the Danish publishing house Turbine and the Hungarian publisher Cerkabella bought the rights to two books in the Ricky Rapper series. The Arabic publisher Dar al Saqi will launch the series with Ricky Rapper and the Noodlehead (Risto Räppääjä ja Nuudelipää, Tammi 2000).
Sisters Sinikka and Tiina Nopola have received various prizes including The State Award for Children’s Culture 2011 for their distinguished work in children’s culture. They recently received the Plättä Prize for the 11th Ricky Rapper title, Ricky Rapper Gets a Dad (Risto Räppääjä saa isän, Tammi 2011). This prize is a readers’ award given to the best children’s book, which the Nopola sisters have previously received several times.
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