We are happy to announce that Finland’s most beloved children’s character Ricky Rapper, aimed for ages 8+, is once again topping bestseller lists. The 14th book in the series, Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville, was published in Finland in August, and was among the month’s top-selling children’s or YA books; among the list’s other titles was John Green’s bestseller. Strong sales have continued in September. A film adaptation will hit Finnish cinemas in February 2015.
The Ricky Rapper books star a red-headed boy who loves playing drums and rapping. If you like Wimpy Kid, you will love Ricky Rapper. See our fall 2014 catalog page here.
We are delighted to share a brand-new English sample of Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville. Please contact the Agency for reading materials.
Ricky’s award-winning authors Sinikka and Tiina Nopola will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair next month, where Finland is Guest of Honour 2014. Meet the authors at the Finnland.Cool stand in Hall 5.0, A 79.
Praise for Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville:
“My 11-year-old devoured the book on his own….when I asked why, he said: ‘it was written in this annoying way where at the end of each chapter the story was left hanging and I would have been frustrated if I didn’t find out how it continued.’ There is hardly a more beautiful way a critic can praise an author’s storytelling skills – in this case Sinikka and Tiina Nopola’s.”
– Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland
“The success of this children’s book series has been the result of rigorous and professional writing. The enduring popularity of Ricky Rapper reflects the fact that Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola have managed to keep their readership happy. The latest book in the series is outstanding…the Nopolas are masters of charming storytelling and skillful language.”
– Savon Sanomat newspaper, Finland
RIGHTS SOLD IN 16 LANGUAGES!
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ARABIC, Dar al Saqi
BRAZIL, SDS Editora
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Beijing Xiron Books
FINLAND (Sámi), ABC-Company
JAPAN, Komine Shoten
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
Reading materials for the Ricky Rapper series:
Book 1: German sample
Book 3: English sample
Book 12: Full English text, Spanish edition
Book 13: Full German text, English sample
Book 14: English sample
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