Salla Savolainen
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104 pages

Ruby & Ficelle: The Chicken

Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja kana

A winged pet plays havoc with the family pecking order!

Ruby is away at a camp and Ficelle is feeling lonely. Feeling sorry for her, the Alibullens give Ficelle their cousin’s hen, Anita, for the week. Ficelle cheers up and manages to tame Anita, who starts sleeping indoors and learning tricks.

Ficelle dotes on Anita and pushes the hen around in a doll’s pram. When Ruby returns, however, she’s less than impressed! In fact, she’s shocked to find a chicken sleeping on her pillow! And she’s bored of hearing Ficelle go on and on about how wonderful and smart Anita is. Ruby is relieved when the Alibullens declare that it’s time for Anita to go home. But then Anita mysteriously disappears! Ficelle thinks the hen must have run away but Ruby is not so sure.

A funny story about how jealousy can peck away at sisterhood – with hilarious consequences.

Sinikka Nopola (b. 1953) and Tiina Nopola (b. 1964) have been in a successful authorial 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
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+


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Series rights sold

Chinese (Hubei Children’s Press)
Danish (Turbine)
French (Didier Jeunesse)
German (arsEdition)
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.