Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The boy who is always in trouble

Le petit Nicolas versus Horrid Henry

Le petit Nicolas
is a very famous children’s book in France. It appears to be one of the “national treasures” in French literature. Though the stories of Nicolas are not well known in England, the English seems to have their own petit Nicolas. Horrid Henry and petit Nicolas are the same kind of naughty boys who are always in trouble. The writing style in Le petit Nicolas can be annoying and irritating and that is probably the main reason why those books are not very famous in England. It is quite ironic that the English are not familiar with Nicolas while the French say that Nicolas is more an English boy in the way he jokes and in the way he dresses. Perhaps this will change in the future, because old children’s books seem to become popular again those days.

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