Finland will be guest of honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, under the theme of Finnland. Cool. The currently ongoing 19th Internationale Kinder- und Jugendbuchwochen 2014 in Cologne are focusing on Finnish children’s and YA literature.
Among the dozen Finnish authors in attendance have so far been sisters Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola, whose most popular creation is the Ricky Rapper series. Rights to the books, which star a witty and good-natured boy Ricky, who loves playing drums and rapping, and his friend Nelly, have been sold in 17 languages.
“We loved meeting German readers in Cologne! Many of them were elementary school children who immediately got excited about Ricky and would not stop laughing at the humour in these stories and the mishaps these characters go through,” commented Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola, who returned from Germany on June 8th.
Geared towards 7-to-10-year-old readers, the Ricky Rapper books stand out for their memorable characters, a simultaneously wry and affectionate sense of humour, and their ability to appeal to both boys and girls. If you like Wimpy Kid or Ella, you will fall in love with Ricky Rapper! All rights in Germany are available.
Reading materials for the Ricky Rapper series:
Full German text of Ricky Rapper and the Double (book 13)
Full English text of Ricky Rapper and Needy Nelly (book 12)
RIGHTS SOLD: THE RICKY RAPPER SERIES
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ARAB WORLD, Dar al Saqi
BRAZIL, SDS Editora
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Beijing Xiron Books
ESTONIA, TEA Publishers
FINLAND, (Sámi), ABC-Company
JAPAN, Komine Shoten
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
Ricky Rapper has also been published in (rights reverted):
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