Pocket Jeunesse acquires French rights to Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola’s Ricky Rapper series in a six-book deal!

RR_newsletterDec92014We are thrilled to announce that Pocket Jeunesse, France’s second most important children’s publisher with a strong commercial middle-grade and early readers’ list, has acquired rights to books 1-6 in Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola’s wildly successful Ricky Rapper series (Tammi). Rights to Ricky Rapper have now been sold in 18 languages!

Among Pocket Jeunesse’s other titles are James Dashner‘s Maze Runner series and Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy.

“We’re so thrilled and proud to welcome Ricky Rapper to Pocket Jeunesse’s list! These are our first Finnish titles – featuring the star of Finland’s children’s literature!”
– Editors Natacha Derevitsky and Alice Saint Guilhem, Pocket Jeunesse

Ricky Rapper will be part of the Pocket Jeunesse early readers and middle-grade list, and will be launched with new illustrations designed by a French illustrator in 2016!

Ricky Rapper is Finland’s most popular contemporary children’s character. The 14-part book series, aimed for an 8+ readership, star a red-headed boy who loves playing drums and rapping, and his best friend Nelly “Noodlehead.” If you like Wimpy Kid, you will love Ricky Rapper. The fifth Ricky film will premiere in cinemas in February 2015. The books are permanent fixtures on bestseller lists, and each of the four previous films have outsold major Hollywood releases in Finland.

Contact the agency for reading materials, including an English sample of the latest title, Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville (Tammi 2014)!

Tiina Nopola’s official site: tiinanopola.com
Sinikka Nopola’s official site: sinikkanopola.com

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

Reading materials:
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

For rights inquiries contact: info@ahlbackagency.com