Salla Savolainen
Publication date
Tammi Publishers
Format info
128 pages

Ruby & Ficelle and Big Elsa

Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja iso Elsa

It’s time for Ficelle to start school.

Her parents hope for her to turn into a conscientious little student like Ruby, but when Ficelle is called name at school, she starts skipping class. Soon a mysterious note, written in chicken scratch, appears on the lamppost, promising services to care for and walk “cat and doogs, if u wantt.” Ruby begins to investigate why Ficelle is constantly getting “free study time” at school and coming home covered in dog hairs. An amusing chain of events follows, culminating in the arrival of a thief who isn’t afraid of anything except dogs, ghosts and heights.

Sinikka Nopola (b. 1953) and Tiina Nopola (b. 1955) have been writing in partnership for over 30 years! Ruby & Ficelle, which was published in 1989, was their first co-authored book and it marked the beginning of their award-winning career in books, films, plays and music that continue to delight and entertain new generations.


R&F: The Chicken, 2019
R&F and the Silly Angel,
R&F and the Christmas Gift,
R&F and the Arty Neighbours,
2016 (originally published in 2001 with illustrations by Majaluoma)
R&F as Poets, 2015 S
R&F and Big Elsa, 2014 (originally published in 1997 with illustrations by Majaluoma)
R&F and the Annoying Pest, 2014 (originally published in 1999 with illustrations by Majaluoma)
R&F and the Sassy Schoolgirl, 2013
R&F and Baldy Bob, 2012
Illustrated by Salla Savolainen

R&F’s Year, 2006
R&F and the Forbidden Fish,
R&F and the Dancing Constable,
R&F on the Chase,
R&F Look for Christmas,
R&F and Need a Holiday,
R&F and Grandpa,
R&F and the Baby,
Ruby & Ficelle, 1989
Illustrated by Markus Majaluoma


Age: 6+


Finnish PDF
English sample translation, set in layout
Series synopsis

Series rights sold

Chinese (Hubei Children’s Press)
Danish (Turbine)
French (Didier Jeunesse)
Hungarian (Cerkabella)
Latvian (Petergailis)
Lithuanian (Nieko Rimto)
Turkish (Beyaz Balina Yayinlari)

The Ruby & Ficelle books have also been published in (rights reserved): Estonian, Japanese, Latvian, Russian, Serbian and Swedish.