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Tove Jansson - Author

About the Author

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.

In 1966 Tove Jansson was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal – an international award for the best children’s book of the year.

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:

    ‘It is so small you can walk around it in ten minutes. It is shaped like an atoll and surrounds a deep lake which in good weather makes a fine swimming pool, but in bad weather turns into a raging torrent surrounded by waterfalls. Then our boat has to be pulled right up to the house and tied to the veranda. We only have one tree, a rowan, which bloomed for the first time last summer. But we plant wild roses in the crevices, and potatoes. And we fish. We use rainwater for our coffee and driftwood for our fires. My favourite weather is fog, when the island seems to be afloat at the very end of the world in perfect silence and solitude. Only rarely does one hear the foghorns from the open sea where big ships go by for foreign countries.’

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

Featured books by Tove Jansson

Other books by Tove Jansson

Moomin and the Golden Leaf

Moomin and the Golden Leaf

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

If you haven't met a Moomin yet, you're missing the most magical fun . . . Tonight everyone in Moominvalley will be going to the Autumn Ball and Moomintroll and his friend Sniff are busy helping with preparations. But when they discover an extraordinary golden leaf on the forest floor, will they be able to find a tree full of golden leaves and give each of the valley folk a gift they'll always treasure?

Moomin and the Golden Leaf

Moomin and the Golden Leaf

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Tonight everyone in Moominvalley will be going to the Autumn Ball and Moomintroll and Sniff are busy helping with preparations. But when they discover an extraordinary golden leaf on the forest floor, will they be able to find a tree full of golden leaves and give each of the valley folk a gift they'll always treasure?

Moomin's Pancake Picnic Peep-Inside

Moomin's Pancake Picnic Peep-Inside

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 13/06/2019

There's going to be a pancake picnic and everyone in Moominvalley is invited. It's time for Moomintroll to gather everyone together, but where is Little My? She loves pancakes! Little My's distinctive red dress should be easy to spot, but it turns out that there are lots of other red things in Moominvalley! Moominpappa's saw, Snorkmaiden's flowers, Snufkin's tent . . . Will Moomintroll manage to find his friend before the pancakes get cold? This interactive novelty format has a different die-cut hole on every spread, so children can help Moomin peep through the holes to find his friend.

The Exploits of Moominpappa

The Exploits of Moominpappa

Author: Tove Jansson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/01/2019

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Exploits of Moominpappa by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis. 'I decided to run away. There simply wasn't anything else to do.' From being abandoned in a newspaper parcel on the doorstep of a Moomin orphanage to running away to see the world, Moominpappa's life story is full of excitement, humour and more than a smattering of danger. Here is the promised tale, in Moominpappa's own words.

Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley

Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley

Author: Tove Jansson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis. Moominvalley in November Winter is approaching, and the Fillyjonk, the Hemulen, Toft and others have travelled far and wide to visit Moominvalley to see the Moomins. But when they arrive, they discover the Moomins are nowhere to be seen. As they settle in to wait for their return, they start to realize that not everything is as it seems. Moominland Midwinter The Moomins sleep through the winter. Or they did, until one day when Moomintroll wakes up to discover a world where the sun does not rise - and what's that cold, white powder covering the earth? Alone and frightened, can Moomintroll learn to survive in a world so unlike the one he loves?

Tales From Moominvalley

Tales From Moominvalley

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2018

Featuring the much loved stories in Waterstone's Oxfam bestseller, The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree - the Moomins' gloriously funny and generous take on Christmas - Tales from Moominvalley collects together nine delightful Moomin short stories. Highlights include The Spring Tune (which Jarvis Cocker described as the best story about composing music) and The Last Dragon in the World, revealing the true essence of friendship. A perfect Christmas gift to complete the set of Moomin classics.

Moominvalley in November

Moominvalley in November

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2018

In her last, most profound and poignant Moomin story, Jansson explores themes of loss, legacy and hope. The Moomins have left their beloved Moominvalley but as winter draws near Snufkin, Mymble, Toft and others move into the Moominhouse to await the family's return. Could that gentle flicker of light on the horizon be their boat?

Das Puppenhaus

Das Puppenhaus

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2018

Es sind klar und scharf beobachtete, einpragsame Figuren: der Mann mit den Lokomotiven, der Comiczeichner, der abtaucht, die Schauspielerin, die jemandes Seele stiehlt. Von Hoffnung getragenoder von starrer Besessenheit, von Hass oder Liebe, konzipieren sie ihr Leben und agieren vor uns wie in einem Puppenhaus. Doch Tren und Treppen erffnen immer neue, geheimnisvolle Rume ... Zwlf geistreiche, aufrttelnde und humorvolle Erzhlungen stellen originelle Protagonisten vor, auf der Suche nach schpferischer Selbstverwirklichung, nach Auseinandersetzung mit Kunst und Kunstschaffen. Sie haben Lebensentwrfe und Rollen aufgebaut und erleben, wie sie damit an Grenzen stoen oder pltzlich neue Perspektiven gewinnen. Sie knnen sich verlieren, aber sie knnen sich auch wiederfinden. Tove Janssons feiner Humor, ihr unverwechselbarer Blick und ihre leichte, klare Sprache machen die Erzhlungen zu kleinen literarischen Meisterwerken.

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