Ricky series by Sinikka and Tiina Nopola
Ricky is a red-headed boy who loves playing drums and rapping. Ricky lives with his Aunt Serena, and their circle of friends includes Ricky’s best friend Nelly, Freezer Fran, Serena’s boyfriend Mr. Lindberg and many others.
The first Ricky book came out in 1997. Today, Ricky’s success in Finland is unparalleled in books for this age group. These bestselling books have been adapted into movies, plays, musicals and television animations. The fourth Ricky movie premiered in February 2014 and went straight to the top of the box office. A fifth film will premiere in February of 2015.
Ricky books won the Plättä Award in both 2002 and 2004, and were nominated for the IBBY Honour List in 2002.