Bestselling Ricky Rapper is Finland’s Wimpy Kid: New releases

RRSevilleSausageThe much-awaited 14th book in Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola’s wildly successful Ricky Rapper series, Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville (Risto Räppääjä ja Sevillan saituri, Tammi 2014), has now arrived in Finnish bookstores.

In addition, Sodobnost has just debuted the Slovenian edition of Ricky Rapper and the Horrible Sausage (Risto Räppääjä ja kauhea makkara, Tammi 1998), the second book in the series. In Turkey, meanwhile, Altin Kitaplar published the first book in the series, Time’s Up, Ricky Rapper (Hetki lyö, Risto Räppääjä, Tammi 1997) in May of 2014.

Ricky, a red-headed boy who loves playing drums, rapping, and getting into mild mischief with his best friend Nelly “Noodlehead,” is Finland’s most popular and bestselling contemporary children’s character. Known for their humour and rich characterizations, the Ricky Rapper books have elements of both Pippi Longstocking and the Wimpy Kid series.

In Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville, Fran Rapper receives word of an elderly, fabulously wealthy relative in Seville, Spain, who has heard of the musically talented Ricky and is contemplating giving him a large inheritance.

A film adaptation will hit Finnish cinemas in February of 2015; shooting recently wrapped in the sunny southern Finnish town of Naantali. Check out the movie’s official Facebook page for amusing behind-the-scenes photos. The previous Ricky Rapper film, Ricky Rapper and Slick Leonard (Risto Räppääjä ja liukas Lennart) has been 2014’s highest-grossing movie in Finland.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ARABIC, Dar al Saqi
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Beijing Xiron Books
DENMARK, Turbine
DENMARK, Carlsen
ESTONIA, TEA Publishers
FINLAND (Sámi), ABC-Company
HUNGARY, Cerkabella
JAPAN, Komine Shoten
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
POLAND, Foksal
SLOVENIA, Sodobnost
SPAIN, Santillana
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar

Reading materials for the Ricky Rapper series:
Full English text of Book 12 (Ricky Rapper and Needy Nelly)
Full German text of Book 13 (Ricky Rapper and the Double)
English samples of books 3, 13
German sample of book 1
Spanish edition of book 12

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