Moomin on the Riviera by Tove Jansson


Moomin on the Riviera by Tove Jansson

As springtime dawns in Moominvalley and the first northern crocus opens, Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden, glamourised by the prospects of movie stars and gambling, insist the whole family take a trip down to the Riviera. Reluctantly Moomin and Moominmamma agree to go along, and the Moomins set off on a grand adventure, complete with butlers, luxury shops, indoor swimming pools, and duels at dawn. With their innocent curiosity about everything, the Moomins prove the perfect foil for the cynical, world-weary residents of the Riviera. Moomin on the Riviera is a classic Moomin story reworked in full colour. A delight for the whole family!


[ Moomin is] a quirky, original comic strip masterpiece . . . Moomins are the vehicles through which Jansson explores everything that's laughable, charming, laudable, and suspect about being human . . . The Moomin series . . . is the sort of thing you can read at age eight or at forty-eight and find equally gratifying. Myla Goldberg, NPR

About the Author

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), was born in 1914 in Helingsfors, Finland. Her mother was a charicaturist and the designer of many of Finland’s stamps, and her father was a sculptor. Tove studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France and later worked as a book illustrator, a designer and strip cartoonist, as well as being involved in theatre décor and making frescoes in public places. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, to tease her little brother by drawing the ugliest creature she could think of. Moomin developed a nicer snout and character and in 1939 he became a character in a children’s story. The Finn Family Moomingtroll has been a hugely successful book, translated into many languages – many other Moomin stories followed.

Most of the books were written on a small island in the Gulf of Finland where Tove, her mother and brother were the only inhabitants. Later Tove continued to live alone on the island - It takes an hour to row to the nearest island. Some years ago she wrote of the island:

In this very special, beautiful and challenging environment Tove’s imagination and artistic talent flourished.

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48 pages


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Publication date

8th August 2014



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