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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

Det osynliga barnet och andra berattelser

Det osynliga barnet och andra berattelser

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

Mir mumi-trollej - "e;ehto mir, po kotoromu v glubine dushi toskuet kazhdyj iz nas"e;. Pravotu ehtogo utverzhdeniya znamenitoj shvedsko-finskoj pisatel'nicy i hudozhnicy Tuve YAnsson dokazyvayut ee knigi, stavshie neot"e;emlemoj chast'yu detstva uzhe neskol'kih pokolenij. Naivnyj i mudryj, teplyj i dobryj, nesmotrya na vse buri, pytayushchiesya ego sokrushit', ehtot mir vsegda otkryt i detyam, i vzroslym.

Moomin and the Ice Festival

Moomin and the Ice Festival

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

It's winter in Moominvalley and Moomintroll and his family are getting ready for the Long Winter Sleep. But as the first flakes of snow fall, they receive an exciting invitation to the Ice Festival. Will they be brave enough to venture out now winter is here?

Moomin and the Ice Festival

Moomin and the Ice Festival

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

It's winter in Moominvalley and Moomintroll and his family are getting ready for the Long Winter Sleep. But as the first flakes of snow fall, they receive an exciting invitation to the Ice Festival. Will they be brave enough to venture out now winter is here?

Moominpappa at Sea

Moominpappa at Sea

Author: Tove Jansson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/08/2018

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of Moominpappa at Sea by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis. Moominpappa and his family are off to live in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It's rather quiet and lonely, but as they begin to explore their unusual surroundings the family discover they have a lot to learn about the world - and themselves.

Sent i november

Sent i november

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2018

Leto proshlo, i zima ne za gorami. Snusmumrik, kak obychno, otpravlyaetsya v stranstvie. No pochemu-to na ehtot raz u nego ne poluchaetsya bespechno pokinut' Mumi-dolinu - nogi slovno sami soboj vozvrashchayut ego obratno. I k zakatu goda mnogie druz'ya i znakomye mumi-semejstva vdrug reshayut, chto sejchas samoe podhodyashchee vremya nanesti vizit v Mumi-dom. I vot na verande vnov' zagoraetsya zolotistyj ogonek kerosinovoj lampy, vozle kotorogo osennie vechera stanovyatsya teplee, i vse tak rady videt' drug druga.

Summer Stories from Moominvalley

Summer Stories from Moominvalley

Author: Tove Jansson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/07/2018

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of Summer Stories from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis. Moominsummer Madness It all began with a hot day in June, and a volcano dropping black ash on to Moominmamma's washing. Next a crack appeared in the ground, and then a great flood wave came crashing through Moomin Valley. Comet in Moominland A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do! Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll decides to find out. So he and Sniff set out on an expedition, where they find adventure and excitement around every corner.

Farlig midsommar

Farlig midsommar

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2018

Leto vydalos' trevozhnym - navodnenie prishlo v Dolinu i zatopilo dom mumii-trollej. Sem'ya otpravilas' iskat' novoe zhil'e. Na udachu, volnami k beregu pribilo vpolne podhodyashchij dom, kotoryj, pravda, vyol sebya nemnogo stranno. U nego byla krysha, pohozhaya na stvorku rakoviny, i vrashchayushchijsya pol, a esli dernut' za shnurok - s potolka upadet kartina. Ili pol'et dozhd'. Ili zazhgutsya sotni raznocvetnyh ognej. Edva semejstvo nemnogo pribralos' i selo pit' chaj, kak ob"e;yavilsya odin iz prezhnih obitatelej i zayavil, chto ves' dom - teatr. I togda Mumi-papa beryotsya za postanovku p'esy sobstvennogo sochineniya!

Finn Family Moomintroll and Other Stories

Finn Family Moomintroll and Other Stories

Author: Tove Jansson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2018

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of Finn Family Moomintroll and Other Stories by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis. Finn Family Moomintroll Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa, and all their friends. Throughout the winter, the Moomins hibernate, but before they go to sleep they fill their tummies full of pine needles. In spring they wake up, ready for their fun-filled summer adventures. This is the story in which Moomintroll finds a big hat - a magical Hobgoblin hat, no less . . . Tales from Moominvalley If you found a tiny golden dragonwith green paws, would you know what to do with it? And supposeToo- ticky brought you an invisiblechild, would you know how to make her visible again? Meet new and delightful charactersand re-encounter old friends, such as Snufkin and Little My, in this collection of stories - not to mention dear Moominpappa, Moominmammaand Moomintroll.

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