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

Ruby & Ficelle and the Sassy Schoolgirl

Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja ärhäkkä koululainen

Ficelle’s love of fishing makes her play a trick on Ruby and her class!

Ruby has started school. Ficelle is envious when she hears that Ruby’s class is going on a fishing trip. She goes as far as asking Miss Alibullen next door to write a note saying that the trip is cancelled. Yet strangely there is a Ruby who joins the class on the fishing trip. And what might happen if there were suddenly two Rubys on the same fishing trip?

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.


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


Ages: 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 sample translation, set in layout
Finnish edition