Christel Rönns
Publication date
Tammi Publishers
Format info
120 pages, 8+, colour illustrated

Wills & Nelli: Something in Common

Risto Räppääjä ja pullistelija

Wills is struggling to find any common ground with Sylvester, the new, sporty boy next door.

Sylvester is clearly nothing more than a dunce, what with his flexing biceps and a bodybuilder for a dad! But Nelli thinks there’s more to Sylvester than meets the eye. Wills resorts to his usual over-the-top attempts to match up to Sylvester in Nelli’s eyes. The result brings both boys a joyful revelation.

Wills McFinn has been one of Finland’s most popular children’s book characters for over twenty years, and the Wills & Nelli books have been adapted into films and theatre productions. Quick-witted humour, entertaining characters and a resourceful hero have made this a series that parents and children return to again and again.

Sinikka and Tiina Nopola’s Wills & Nelli books have been popular in Finland for over 20 years. Films, plays and songs that are based on the books are further increasing their popularity. These books include wonderful, detailed illustrations by Christel Rönns.


W&N: Shy Elmer, 2019
W&N: Julia the Schemer, 2018
W&N: The Artist Within, 2017
W&N: Something in Common, 2016
W&N: The Unusual Suspects, 2015
W&N: The Scrooge of Seville, 2014
W&N: The Lookalike, 2013
W&N: Nelli’s Plight, 2012
Illustrated by Christel Rönns

W&N: Wills’ New Dad, 2011
W&N: Star Struck, 2009
W&N: The Last Ice-Cream, 2007
W&N: A Gaming Frenzy, 2006
W&N: Teacher’s Pet, 2004
W&N: The Persistent Pimple, 2003
W&N: Dandy Andy, 2002
W&N: Freezer Fran, 2001
Wills & Nelli, 2000
Wills McFinn and the Horrible Sausage, 1998
Wills McFinn, 1997
Illustrated by Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen


Colour illustrated
Age: 8+

Series rights sold

Arabic (Dar Al Saqi)
Brazilian (Sds Editora)
Bulgarian (Faber)
Danish (Turbine)
Danish (Carlsen)
Estonian (Varrak)
Finnish, Sámi (Abc-Company)
French (Pocket Jeunesse), six book deal
Hungarian (Cerkabella)
Japanese (Komine Shoten)
Latvian (Zvaigzne)
Lithuanian (Nieko Rimto)
Polish (Foksal)
Slovenian (Sodobnost)
Spanish (Santillana)
Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen)
Turkish (Altin Kitaplar)

Reading materials

English translation (set in layout)
Finnish edition


“The enduring popularity of Wills reflects the fact that Sinikka and Tiina have managed to keep their readership happy… the Nopolas are masters of charming storytelling and skillful language.” – Savon Sanomat newspaper