NicholasWhy I am recommending this book:
While looking for books for Gussie I found this little French book. As I thumbed through the pages I was transported back to early days as a child when life was simple and reading was something new and exciting. Although this is, traditionally, considered a children's book, if you like thoughtful, clever writing and storytelling you will truly enjoy this book.
Bonus: It is part of a series.
Grade 4-6 - This classic book about a mischievous schoolboy and his friends, originally published in French in 1959, is now available in English. The expertly translated text is enlivened by artwork by a New Yorker cartoonist to create the unforgettable milieu of Nicholas and his rowdy friends. A collection of 19 escapades, the stories introduce the protagonist and his cohorts as they wreak havoc out of simple, everyday situations at school, on the playground, and at home. Pestering the substitute teacher, trying to adopt a lost dog, and quarreling over soccer positions (only to find there isn't even a ball) make for hilarious and timeless anecdotes that will have readers giggling. Adults will also appreciate Nicholas's childlike perception of each troublesome situation through his comments at the end of each adventure. These charming vignettes beg to be shared aloud in a classroom or library setting. A delightful choice for spicing up middle-grade collections and for exposing kids to stories from abroad.