Following on from the publication of "Nicholas and Nicholas Again", "Nicholas on Holiday" is the equally beguiling third title in this well-loved series of books, now available to English-speaking children all over the world. Firmly established as a literary cult figure, the sublimely innocent Nicholas has already charmed millions of readers world-wide since these books were first published over forty years ago. Considered classics and available in twenty-six languages, the Nicholas stories delight both children and adults. They are also regularly used as teaching materials by primary and junior school teachers. "Nicholas on Holiday" contains eighteen new stories, all of which take place during the long summer break from school. An only child, Nicholas's touchingly naive reaction to situations is often at odds with that of the adults around him. Whether he's staying at a seaside hotel with his parents or making new friends at a holiday camp for children, Nicholas's efforts to keep himself and his gang amused, even when it's raining outside, always result in unexpected and delightful chaos. In "Nicholas", Goscinny and Sempe have created an archetypal schoolchild whose world of mishaps, confusions and downright naughtiness will raise a smile, whatever the age of the reader. Written between 1959 and 1965, these classic books are continually reprinted around the globe and offer not only a hilarious and entertaining read, but a vivid description of French life and culture.
Nicholas has an engagingly positive outlook on life, loves school despite his academic fallings, and has refined the art of driving his parents up the wall, while remaining blissfully unaware of how infuriating they find him.
Jean-Jacques Sempe (b.1932) is one of the world's most successful illustrators and cartoonists. He is the illustrator of the classic children's-book character, Nicholas, and author of a collection of some thirty albums of his cartoons and graphic novels, all published or to be published by Phaidon. His world-renowned illustrations and cartoons are featured on the cover of the New Yorker and in Paris Match. Rene Goscinny (1926-77), born in Paris, lived most of his early years in Buenos Aires and New York. He returned to France in the 1950s where he met Jean-Jacques Sempe and together they created the character for Nicholas, the famous schoolboy. He later worked with Alberto Uderzo, on making the adventures of Asterix the Gaul. A prolific and internationally successful children s author, he is also the creater of Lucky Luke and Dingodossiers, among others. He also received Cesars for his numerous animated cartoons Anthea Bell was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize (USA) in 2002 for her translation of W G Sebald's Austerlitz. Her many works of translation from French and German (for which she has received several other awards) include the Nicholas books and, with Derek Hockridge, the entire Asterix the Gaul saga by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo