Salla Savolainen
Publication date
Tammi Publishers
Format info
88 pages

Ruby & Ficelle as Poets

Heinähattu ja Vilttitossu runoilijoina

Ruby and Ficelle’s mother enrolls her daughters in a poetry competition, hoping that writing will help stop their bickering.

The local police officers agree: “poets are unlikely to have sticky fingers.” As expected , the studious Ruby receives thanks for her lovely poem about mushrooms, annoying Ficelle in the process. But when Ruby’s winning poem is read at the awards ceremony, the audience is flabbergasted: who has sabotaged the poem by inserting poop and toot jokes? And why is Ficelle the only one to praise Ruby’s work? Can the budding poet’s reputation be salvaged?

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
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+

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
Finnish edition