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Nicholas (Le Petit Nicolas #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  16,504 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Nicholas is the first of five books that bring to life the day to day adventures of a young school boy - amusing, endearing and always in trouble. An only child, Nicholas, appears older at school than he does as home and his touchingly naive reaction to situations, cut through the preconceptions of adults and result in a formidable sequence of escapades. This first book in ...more
Hardcover, 127 pages
Published June 14th 2005 by Phaidon Press (first published March 29th 1959)
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Dec 08, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my Hobbes
Recommended to Mariel by: #$#$@#!! (that's the Peanuts adults)
Remember that time when I punched you in the nose? And then you punched me in the nose? And we all started crying and then everything was okay again?

Apr 09, 2012 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want something easy and funny in French
Recommended to Manny by: Mariel
Max And Lili Visit My School

Today when I arrived at school everyone was very excited because there were two new kids called Max and Lili. My friend Alceste told me they had come from the year 2012 in a time machine, I asked Alceste what a time machine was but he was eating a sandwich, Alceste eats all the time and his mouth is always full so he pointed at Agnan and told me to ask him. Agnan is top of the class and the teacher's pet, he's no fun because he wears glasses so you can't hit him when
Aug 07, 2007 Kimberlee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 8-ish and up
I read this book to review for the library I work at, and I seriously just pulled it off the shelf because I liked the way the cover looked. It's about a young French boy, Nicholas, and his school friends. It's written in first-person as Nicholas, and what I found particularly endearing was the way the sentences read as though they were really written by a seven year old. They run on, but are clear to understand. Each chapter is like a short story or an individual episode, and his reactions to t ...more
My favorite metro book in France. I sometimes had to be really refrain myself from laughing out loud (I got really good at disguising laughter with a cough).
I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading this book! I also found myself reading it out loud to anyone in my family who would listen. It gave me a glimpse into the mind of my boy and my overgrown boy (husband). So if you want to kind of see how your 7ish year old boy (and his friends) think, read this hilarious book! Sooo cute.
I have fond memories of reading some of these stories in their original form (I think) in my 10th grade French class (sadly, these are the ONLY fond memories I have of studying French!). Goscinny's endearingly naughty little boys made a wonderfully refreshing change from the forced profundities of Le Petit Prince, to say nothing of the banal social lives of the dopey looking Parisian teens who populated a text-book called "Nos Amis". Sempe's cartoonishly simply but wickedly expressive illustrati ...more
Je voudrais apporté tous ces livres chez moi de la France, mais je n'ai que celui-ci. C'est merveilleux et si charmant! cinq étoiles! (et j'ai besoin de pratiquer mon français beaucoup!)
Melinda Thomsen
Reading Le Petit Nicolas series was a great way to improve my fluency in French. It was easy enough to read for pleasure and the vocabulary repeated enough so I actually learned new words! I used these words in conversation with my French teachers and friends while I lived in France and they were quite impressed because I was using slang. Since this book is written for kids, it helped me learn the language like they did. The sentences were quite easy to translate and I got into the rhythm of the ...more
Colin Hogan
I started reading this with my French tutor last fall, but I finally got around to finish all of the episodes. There are laugh-out-loud moments in this book, but I was especially stunned by all of the violence in it. I didn't catch that so much the last time I read a Petit Nicolas book. I guess little kids are like that, but it was strange.

Great, though, especially if you're looking for a enjoyable book that isn't too hard in French.
J'aime ce livre et c'est génial pour apprendre ecrir mieux en français!
Ecrit bien avant ma naissance, ce livre a pourtant bercé mon enfance et faisait partie de mes livres préférés en tant que lectrice en herbe. En primaire, notre instituteur nous avez même fait jouer certains de ces chapitres durant les spectacles de fin d’année ! Bref comme vous l’aurez compris, ce livre a eu une certaine importance dans mes débuts de jeune lectrice….

Quinze ans plus tard, je ne peux toujours pas résister à la tentation d’en lire un chapitre en passant. Pleine d’humour et de nosta
What a hysterical book! This is a French translation that was originally published in 1959, so it depicts a time that has gone by (Nicholas points out that his family doesn't have a television yet). But both kids and adults will enjoy this first person account of incidents in Nicholas' life. We see how much fun young boys have just being boys. For instance, Nicholas describes playing cowboys with his friends. When no one will volunteer to be tied up to be the prisoner, his dad volunteers. This p ...more
Todo el humor de Goscinny para contarnos el mundo a través de un niño. Pequeñas historias que se leen de un tirón sin perder la sonrisa. Como muestra os copio el principio de una de ellas:

"Es el cumpleaños de mi mamá y he decidido comprarle un regalo como todos los años, desde el año pasado, porque antes yo era demasiado pequeño.
Cogí las monedas que tenía en mi hucha y afortunadamente había muchas, porque da la casualidad de que mamá me dio dinero ayer..."
P. 139 - "Mas aí, o Aniano ficou muito chateado porque não tinha barcos para brincar. Explicou-me que tinha muito poucos brinquedos, que tinha sobretudo livros. Felizmente, eu sei fazer barcos de papel e agarrámos nas folhas do livro de aritmética. Claro que tivemos cuidado para que o Aniano possa voltar a colar as páginas no livro, porque é muito feio fazer mal a um livro, a uma árvore ou a um animal."
I judged a book by its spine and chose this book off the shelf at the library!

This is a book originally written in French which has been translated into English. It's told in the point-of-view of a little boy, probably about seven years old. He gets into a ton of funny situations and he is always in trouble and fighting with his friends.

This is like the French version of Junie B. Jones, in that both of the books have a very authentic kid voice! This book was funny, and it really sounded like a s
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Da, e idilică viața puștanilor care-l înconjoară pe Nicolas, dar cui îi pasă? Eu nu-mi aduc aminte să fi văzut răutate în lume pe când aveam 7 sau 8 ani. Eram toți în lumea noastră, inocentă, plină de posibil, trăiam cu succes și efectiv sloganul celor de la Nike. Or Goscinny exact asta vrea să redea: fascinanta și ireala lume imposibilă a vieții de copil.

N-ai cum să nu-l îndrăgești pe Nicolas! Eu când naiv, c
The book contains a series of 16 short stories, by the end of which you get to know all the little guys and the weird adults (well, according to Nicholas). The stories lend snapshots into the seemingly simple life of an 8-year-old boy shuffling between home and school. All the adults end up feeling horrified at some point, be it the parents, the teacher or just a random seller in a toy store. The kids never stop making us scream, sigh and fall sick. The best part is that they do it unintentional ...more
Rana Heshmati
Dec 12, 2013 Rana Heshmati rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: خیلی ها! :دی
من به خودم افتخار میکنم که خوندم اینو بالاخره :دی
اصلنم مهم نیست که باید خیلی وقت پیش میخوندمش! خیلی کیف داد واقعا :>
ممنونم از تمام دست اندر کاران (مخصوصا بشری) و تمام پیشنهاد دهندگان :دی
Ed Cottingham
It would be hard to overstate the charm of these wonderful stories. Like many others, I picked up this book to help with my project of trying to teach myself French. Not only does it serve that purpose, but it is so engaging that it has held me on course when the inherent difficulty of the language and some cross-cultural exasperation has tempted me to chuck the whole project. No way could I ever write this little dude and his copains out of my life.

Although hilarious, the Nicolas stories also t
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"En 1960 aparecía publicado en Francia Le petit Nicolas, obra del tándem formado por el escritor René Goscinny y el ilustrador Jean-Jacques Sempé. La novela relataba las aventuras y desventuras de un niño, Nicolás, y de sus amigos (Eudes, Alceste, Agnan...) en el colegio y fuera de él. Cada capítulo contaba una anécdota diferente teñida de un humor entre tierno y gamberro, que hoy incluso resultaría políticamente incorrecto, teniendo en cuenta que estos niños se meten constantemente en problemas ...more
Nicholas - written by Rene Goscinny, (who wrote Asterix) and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempe.

Originally published in France, 1959, as "Le petit Nicolas", this edition was first published in 2005 (my version from 2007). Translated by Anthea Bell.

I should admit outright I was never much of a fan of Asterix. I never really got the humour. Maybe 'cause I'm a girl - my brothers all liked them. And so perhaps some of the story here is not my thing because it is so male-centric.

Each chapter stands as
My husband & I love the series so much that we decided to name our child after the main character.

What is not to love about Nicholas. He is small, cutely naughty & believes to have the best parents in the world.

Nicholas is always up to something, mostly not good. He has group of friends alike him and they all get in trouble all the time & love playing.

Mikolay’s world is very simple, not too complicated by any kind of worries & full of childhood adventures, even though he isn’t an
Gláucia Renata
Esse livro me fez rir o tempo todo e numa determinada parte cheguei a gargalhar até sentir caimbras abdominais. Sério.
É composto por histórias sem relação umas com as outras narradas pelo pequeno Nicolau sobre seus pais, colegas de escola, professores, inspetores de alunos, vizinhos, etc. As singelas ilustrações de Sempé complementam agradavelmente o texto
Apesar de classificado como infantil, acredito que os adultos curtem bem mais, pois o livro é escrito sob a óptica pura e inocente das crian
When I was a child, this was probably my favorite book, and both my little brothers' favorite as well. As soon as I learned to read in the early 1970s, we read it over and over and over again, laughing ourselves sick each time... Unfortunately, my mother loaned our copy to one of her professors in the School of Education at Eastern Michigan University at some point in the early 1980s, and we never saw it again. I've been intermittently searching for another copy for the past 25 years, but never ...more
What a delightful book for kids-written about 50 years ago by the author of the Asterix comics-boy is it funny! Sometimes parents at the library where I work will ask about male equivalents to Junie B Jones. While I don't think it's fair to compare these two-I would say that kids who like Junie B will probably like Nicholas. And it's good fun for adults who just want something light and silly to pick up and put down easily (the chapters are only a few pages long each). The author has a way with ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is the first in a series of books of stories about a French boy named Nicholas and his friends and schoolmates. It took me a few stories to get into the style of writing. The stories are narrated by Nicholas, a typical boy who thinks things like fighting, making messes, and arguing are lots of fun. I can see why these stories became so popular in France. He seems like a French Dennis the Menace. The author co-wrote the famous Asterix comics, which are much better known in the U.S. than thes ...more
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Délicieux !
Jessica H
I've had to read many boring french books in school. Many AGONIZINGLY loooong french books with tiny little printing and occasionally incorrect grammar. Comparatively, this wasn't the worst of them all. Regardless, this is not a book I would read for fun. Ever. Despite the fact that the stories are excruciatingly repetitive (and it did not help that I had to write a review on every single one), there was literally no transition from one action to the next. Perhaps you can get away with it in Fre ...more
Veronica Molina
Claudio Aravena (Fund. La Fuente) me comentó a la pasada que este era como nuestro Papelucho, pero francés. Reconozco que estoy de acuerdo.
Lo que sí, como no conozco el contexto de Goscinny (que morí de amor cuando caché que es el mismo de Asterix, Lucky Luke, etc), ni de la sociedad de la época, no vi reflejadas las mismas implicancias socioculturales que entrega Marcela Paz. De hecho, ella es bastante rupturista y se preocupa de mostrar un quiebre en la familia chilena.
Me llamó la atención que
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René Goscinny was a French author, editor and humorist, who is best known for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series' golden age).

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Le Petit Nicolas (5 books)
  • Les Récrés du Petit Nicolas (Le petit Nicolas, #2)
  • Les vacances du petit Nicolas (Le petit Nicolas, #3)
  • Le petit Nicolas et les copains (Le petit Nicolas, #4)
  • Le petit Nicolas a des ennuis (Le petit Nicolas, #5)
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