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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's Seek and Find Finger-Trail book

Moomin's Seek and Find Finger-Trail book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 21/09/2017

Moomin is searching everywhere for Snufkin, but he is nowhere to be seen. Where could he be? Follow the finger trails on every page to explore Moominvalley and help Moomin find his best friend!

Moomin Begins a New Life

Moomin Begins a New Life

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2017

When a charismatic prophet comes to town, the residents of Moominvalley are easily convinced to follow his doctrine for true happiness. Intrigued by their friends and neighbours lifestyle changes, the impression- able Moomins find themselves attempting to adopt the teachings of their new spiritual leader. But the freer they get, the more miser- able they feel. Moominvalley s state of divine chaos is further complicated by the proph- et s well-intentioned decree to free all of the jail s inmates. Moomin Begins a New Life is an eccentric all-ages adventure from the acclaimed Finnish cartoonist Tove Jansson that explores the appeal of self-transformation and the pursuit of happiness culture is that she addresses serious, often uncomfortable issues uncertainty, heart-break, mortality, natural disasters, our ample human imperfections with great compassion and warmth, never chastising or preaching but instead celebrating the light in life and aiming its generous beam at the dark. Maria Popova, Brainpickings

The Moomin Colouring Diary

The Moomin Colouring Diary

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Diary Release Date: 10/08/2017

Colour your way through the year with this stunning, diary edition of the bestselling The Moomin Colouring Book. Perfect for recording your thoughts and activities, with inspiring quotes and moments of Moomin wisdom to guide you through even the bleakest months. The Moomin Colouring Diary is full of beautiful illustrations of Tove Jansson's beloved characters to colour in. This is a stylish and portable diary, featuring artwork from the coveted archive of Moomin creator, Tove Jansson.

Letters from Klara Short stories

Letters from Klara Short stories

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The rich seam that is Jansson's adult prose continues with this penultimate collection of short stories, written in her seventies at the height of her Moomin fame and translated into English for the first time. In these light-footed, beautifully crafted yet disquieting stories, Jansson tells of discomfiting encounters, unlooked for connections and moments of isolation that span generations and decades. Letters From Klara proves yet again her mastery of this literary form.

The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book

The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Escape to Moominvalley with The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book! In a perfectly pocket-sized format this relaxing colouring book is filled with original artwork from the coveted archive of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins; one of the most cherished children's book series ever written. This smaller edition, perfect for colouring on-the-go, features striking patterns and scenes as well as all your favourite Moomin characters and their most memorable quotes. Including all your favourite scenes from The Moomin Colouring Book.

Moomin and Family Life

Moomin and Family Life

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2016

After losing both his fortune and his girlfriend, Moomin has hit rock bottom. Luckily, in his darkest moment, he stumbles across the beloved family he lost as a child Moominmamma and Moominpappa and together, the Moomins embark on their first adventure. Moominmam- ma struggles to balance her husband s desire for danger with her own homebody sensibilities, while Moomin fears his new parents will even- tually tire of him. A poignant story of love and reunion unwinds in this classic Moomin caper from Tove Jansson.

Muumit ja suuri tuhotulva

Muumit ja suuri tuhotulva

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

Znamenitaya detskaya pisatel'nica Tuve YAnsson pridumala mumi-trollej i ih druzej, kotorye vskore proslavilis' na ves' mir. Ne otkazyvajte sebe i svoim detyam v udovol'stvii - zaglyanite v gostepriimnuyu Dolinu mumi-trollej. Skoro, sovsem skoro nastupit osen', EHto znachit, chto Mumi-trollyu i ego mame nuzhno poskoree najti uyutnoe mestechko i postroit' tam dom. Ran'she, mumi-trollyam ne nuzhno bylo brodit' po lesam i bolotam v poiskah zhil'ya - oni zhili za pechkami u lyudej. No teper' pechek pochti ne ostalos', a s parovym otopleniem mumi-trolli ne uzhivayutsya Vot poehtomu Mumi-troll', ego mama, a s nimi malen'kij zverek i devochka Tyulippa puteshestvuyut v poiskah doma. A vot bylo by zdorovo ne tol'ko najti podhodyashchee mestechko, no i povstrechat' propavshego davnym-davno papu Mumi-trollya! Kak znat', mozhet byt', bol'shoe navodnenie pomozhet semejstvu mumi-trollej vnov' obresti drug druga

DET OSYNLIGA BARNET OCH ANDRA BERA TTELSER

DET OSYNLIGA BARNET OCH ANDRA BERA TTELSER

Author: Tove Jansson Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2016

Znamenitaya detskaya pisatel'nica Tuve YAnsson pridumala mumi-trollej i ih druzej, kotorye stali znamenity na ves' mir. Ne otkazyvajte sebe v udovol'stvii - zaglyanite v gostepriimnuyu Dolinu mumi-trollej. V Doline kazhdyj den' chto-nibud' proiskhodit. To vse brosayut svoi dela i prinimayutsya uspokaivat' Filif'onku, kotoraya vdrug stala uzhasnoj trusihoj. To Mumi-troll' najdet drakonchika, no ne prostogo, a poslednego v mire!No nastoyashchaya sumatoha nachalas' zimoj, pod Novyj god, kogda Mumi-papa prines elku, no nikto ne znal, chto s nej delat' dal'she. Prazdnik vot-vot nastupit, a u obitatelej Doliny net ni ugoshcheniya, ni podarkov!

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