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The Chronicles Of Little Nicholas (Le Petit Nicolas #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  15,287 ratings  ·  329 reviews
A year in the life of a group of boys at a French primary school follows the adventures of young Nicholas and his friends as they taunt a substitute, prepare for the class picture, and enjoy other grammar school delights.
Hardcover, 133 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (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
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).
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
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!)
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.
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
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..."
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
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
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
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
Olga Lempert
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
Трета среща с малкия Никола, отново забавна, щура или с две думи - отново успешна. Гледам да "разреждам" четенето на различните книги от поредицата, но дори така, уви, историите вече почват да ми се смесват, хуморът да се повтаря и т.н. Което не означава, че ще спра да ги чета. :)
Лошо впечатление ми направи това, че илюстрациите на Семпе не са разположени добре в нашето издание, т.е. на доста места картинките предхождат със страница-две текста.
Sarah Skeeters
J'adore Nicolas! I don't know if this has been translated into English, but this book is so cute! What could be better than seeing the world through the eyes of a child again. Nicolas and his friends make this possible. The stories can be read independent of each other or as a part of the larger novel. Not only are the stories fantastic, this is an excellent way to learn or brush up on your French.
This is the first book in a series about little Nicolas. It's light-hearted fun and kind of reminded me of Dennis the Menace. Nicolas is always getting into fights, but it's playful, and the way he misunderstands adults is kind of funny. I wish I had known about this stories as a child, and would in the future read these stories to kids. I think they would get a kick out of it.
Cute kids book, translated from French. Tells the story of Nicholas, a trouble-loving little boy and his equally mischievious classmates. Told in a breathless, run-on sentence kind of voice that's kind of fun to read, with simple but charming illustrations. Fun to try to spot the European cultural differences that defied translation...
Wonderful short stories about a little French boy, Nicholas. I read "Le Petit Nicholas" in high school and enjoyed it then, so I was excited to see the English translation. I love the writing style; the sentence structure and overall voice of the book was spot on for Nicholas, the narrator.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A 1001 Children's Book. Nicholas is a bad boy, a Dennis the Menace from France, in and out of (but mostly in) trouble. He attends a boarding school where most of the other boys are also bad boys. It makes for a story equally compelling for children and grownups.
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À 17 ans, Sempé roule à bicyclette pour un courtier en vins. En 1960, il démarre avec Goscinny l'aventure du petit Nicolas, dressant une inoubliable galerie de portraits d' "affreux jojos qui tapissent depuis notre imaginaire" (dixit Goscinny). Son humour fin, subtil et allusif allié à un formidable sens du dérisoire caractérisent toute son ouvre. Sa plume traduit sa vision tendrement ironique de ...more
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