Nicolaysen, Marit

Marit Nicolaysen, who started as a short-story writer, wrote her first novel in 1985. She has subsequently published a collection of short stories and two books for young adults. Her fifteen books for children featuring Svein and his pet rat Halvorsen have all enjoyed immense success.

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Praise for the Svein and His Rat-series:

" Svein and His Rat are already established as one of the cornerstones in Norwegian children’s literature... These are books enjoyed by big brothers, little brothers, parents and girls alike...Highly recommended!"   (Adresseavisen)  

"Our kids only have a few shelf metres of books, but only a few authors have been read to shreds. Those are Astrid Lindgren, Roald Dahl, Erlend Loe and Marit Nicolaysen. They are all story-tellers who combine imagination with the burlesque, the devilish and the surprising."
(Dagbladet)  

"... the stories actually get better and better with every book... while Nicolaysen writes better and better both about nine-year-olds and about rats...perfect books for eager readers who are nearing the devouring age: Identification, humour and a simple, chronological plot."
(Barnebokkritikk)  

"It seems so simple when Marit Nicolaysen does it. But within the apparently simple lies the development of a talent to weave together whims and their consequences to form a shapely and harmonious whole... She quite simply has a very good control with the art of writing."
(Dagbladet)

"The books about Svein and his hooded rat Mr. Smith are an immense success. What’s the secret? The answer must be that Marit Nicolaysen has found a recipe that evokes children’s interest and love of reading, She writes in a light and colloquial tone, and uses loads of humor in situations that young readers recognize." (Aftenposten)  

"Steadily, the Svein and His Rat-books have evolved into a concept within today’s children’s literature. With their humour and rough style and packed with speed and excitement, the books have been an unreserved success with their audience, and they have hit the mark with a group of readers aged between 6 and 12 years."
(From the jury’s grounds for awarding Marit Nicolaysen and her Svein and His Rat Go Rafting the Sonja Hagemann’s Prize for Best Children’s Book 2001)

The "Svein and rotta" books have been filmed by Maipo Film, Oslo.

Selected bibliography & translations

Year Norwegian title English Title Rights sold to Foreign publisher
2011 Svein og rotta og monstertanna Svein and his Rat and the Monster Tooth
2009 Svein og rotta og kloningen Svein and His Rat and the Clone
2008 Svein og Rotta og verdensmesterskapet Svein and His Rat and the World Championship
2007 Svein og rotta feirer jul på landet Svein and his Rat Celebrates Christmas at the Country side
2006 Svein og rotta på lab'en Svein and his Rat in the lab
2005 Svein og rotta på dragrace Svein and His Rat Go Drag Racing
2004 Svein og rotta på hesteryggen Svein and His Rat on the Horseback
Dutch Leminscaat
2003 Svein og rotta og det store gavekaoset Svein and His Rat and the Shopping Shambles
2002 Svein og rotta gjennom solsystemet Svein and His Rat Roam the Solar System
2001 Svein og rotta på rafting Svein and His Rat Go Rafting
Dutch Leminscaat
Swedish Alfabeta
2000 Svein og rotta går for gull Svein and His Rat Go for Gold
Dutch Lemniscaat
Faeroese Bokadeildin
Finnish Otava
Lithuanian Gimtasis Zodis
Swedish Alfabeta
1999 Svein og rotta på hospitalet Svein and His Rat in Hospital
Finnish Otava
Lithuanian Gimtasis Zodis
Swedish Alfabeta
1998 Svein og rotta i Syden Svein and His Rat in Gran Canaria
Danish Forum
Dutch Lemniscaat
Finnish Otava
German Erika Klopp Verlag
Swedish Alfabeta
1997 Svein og rotta på feriekoloni Svein and His Rat on Holiday Camp
Danish Forum
Dutch Lemniscaat
Estonian Avita
Finnish Otava
German Erika Klopp Verlag
Russian Inostranka
Russian Inostranka
Swedish Alfabeta
Swedish Alfabeta
1996 Kloakkturen - med Svein og rotta Svein and His Rat - the Sewer Outing
Danish Forum
Dutch Lemniscaat
Finnish Otava
German Klopp
Lithuanian Gimtasis Zodis
Russian Inostranka
Swedish Alfabeta
1995 Himmelsnørr og kjærlighet Love and a Snotty Skies
1993 Slusk Ruffian
1989 Tango med tiden Tango with Time
1985 I Frøyas tegn In the Sign of Frøya

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