Salla Savolainen
Publication date
Tammi Publishers
Format info
44 pages, colour illustrated, 5+

Ruby & Ficelle and Baldy Bob

Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja Kalju-Koponen

Everyone is looking out for Baldy Bob, the mean pigtail-cutting thief!

Ruby claims that Ficelle used to be bald as a baby, and upsets Ficelle to the core! Ficelle retaliates by cutting off her sister’s pigtails when she’s asleep! Ficelle escapes the scene of the “crime” and convinces the town policeman that the real culprit is Baldy Bob. Great hunt for the mysterious hair-cutting thief ensues! Will Ruby find out the truth? And was Ficelle really the only bald baby in their family?

In 2019 we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sinikka and Tiina Nopola’s successful authorial partnership! 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. Salla Savolainen’s illustrations have been part of the Ruby & Ficelle books since 2012. The series was previously illustrated by Markus Majaluoma.


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: 5+

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.

Reading materials

English series synopsis
English translation
Finnish edition