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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.
'I decided to run away. There simply wasn't anything else to do.' Here at last is Moominpappa's promised life story - from the days when he was abandoned in a newspaper parcel on the doorstep of a Moomin orphanage, to when he ran away to see the world and was lucky enough to meet Moominmamma. Click on 'Download Extract' for a brief taster or CLICK HERE for a longer extract from this book.
January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham: "I wish I’d written every single one of Tove Jansson’s Moomin series, but forced to choose I’ll pick number five, Moominland Midwinter, because it’s darker and more introspective than the earlier books, with just a hint of delicious danger. This is a hilarious and tender tale that you will never grow out of. Tove Jansson is a genius and believe me, this book is proof!" Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
Best-loved Moomintroll wakes up excitedly on his birthday but, when he tries to show all his friends his wonderful present, they just don’t seem to be interested…Poor Moomin! But, when there is a ring at the door, Moomin finds that his friends haven’t forgotten him after all! A wonderful picture book that introduces the world famous Moomins to young readers. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
One Moomin, two trees… this wonderful counting board book in the most gorgeous colours shows Moomin enjoying and counting flowers, butterflies and then… stars! A real treat. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
May 2010 Guest Editor Philip Ardagh says of this book: What can I say? In early May, I'll be one of a number of guests of the Finnish Embassy and Puffin books celebrating 65 years of the remarkable Moomin books, written and illustrated by the late, great Finnish artist/illustrator/author Tove Jansson. How important are Moomin books to me as a reader, writer and (alleged) human being? When Jansson died, I dedicated the book I was writing at the time to her memory. The fact that the Finnish publisher of my Eddie Dickens trilogy was her original publisher means more than I can say. (Proud, or what?) Moomin books are like nothing else I'd ever read. I couldn't wait to spend my birthday-present book tokens on them. Sure, they contain charm and quirkiness, but this is coupled with insight and wisdom rare in any books, children's or otherwise. They are unique. If I had to chose a favourite, it would be Comet in Moominland. Choosing a favourite character is even harder. Little My? Snufkin? Sniff? If you haven't yet experienced the Moomin valley, I urge you visit it as soon as possible.
Although they're small, fat and shy creatures, Moomins have the most amazing adventures. It all begins when Moominpappa tries on a magic hat that makes exciting and funny things happen. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
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. Leto proshlo, i zima ne za gorami. Snusmumrik, kak obychno, otpravlyaetsya v stranstvie. No pochemu-to na ehtot raz u nego ne poluchaetsya bez sozhalenij pokinut' Dolinu, i nogi sami nesut ego nazad. I chto eshche udivitel'nej, v to zhe samoe vremya mnogie druz'ya i znakomye mumi-semejstva vdrug reshayut nanesti vizit v mumi-dom. I vot na verande vnov' zagoraetsya teplyj ogonek kerosinovoj lampy, vokrug kotorogo tak horosho sobirat'sya osennimi vecherami...
It was a day that really ought to be filled with adventure... Moomintroll and his friends have heard of the legend of the Ocean's Song - held inside a shell, which only its finder can hear. Snufkin takes them to the island of the Hattifatteners but the friends have to turn back to escape a thunderstorm! Will they find the Ocean's Song, and get home in one piece? A brand new picture book adventure based on the beloved Moomin characters by Tove Jansson perfect for all Moomin fans young and old.
After being told that only rebel fathers can be admitted to Moominpappa's new club-the Knights of the Catapult-Moominmamma defiantly decides to join a club of her own. Unfortunately for her, she accidentally joins a club of gangsters who revel in dubious and illegal activities. And things only get worse for poor Moominmamma, as her wish to be admitted as a club member turns into a difficult juggling act of loyalty between conflicting organizations. Comic misunderstandings, tested allegiances, and frivolous scandals make for an exciting adventure with the whole Moominvalley gang in another classic Tove Jansson tale.
Aus Alltagsstrukturen ausbrechen! Sich aus Verhaltensmustern, aus unliebsamen Verpflichtungen losen, aus dem ganzen Sollen und Mussen! Doch wahrend einem der frische Wind einer beginnenden Freiheit schon entgegenweht, entdeckt man, dass trotz leichten Handgepacks die schwere Last der alten Angste, Konflikte und Gewohnheiten noch da ist. An den fremden, Freiheit versprechenden Orten toben sie sich umso unverhoffter und wilder aus. Manchmal sind es gar nicht Reisen, sondern Begegnungen mit Menschen, in deren Nonchalance man die Freiheit eines ganz anderen Lebens wittert. Und manchmal, wenn man es am wenigsten erwartet, verandert die Fremde einen wirklich - und man kommt bei sich selber an. Tove Jansson erfrischt in diesen kleinen literarischen Meisterwerken mit ihrem unverwechselbaren Blick und klaren Stil.
Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. A housekeeping and mothercraft expert named Mrs. Fillyjonk moves in next door to the Moomins. Seeing the state of the Moomin house, she takes action, shaming them into hiring a maid. When Misabel the maid arrives, it's immediately clear she needs a little cheering up, and since Mrs. Fillyjonk has mysteriously disappeared, the Moomins set about teaching her how to enjoy life. Lessons and poignant reminders of the importance of simple pleasures abound in Moominmamma's Maid, the classic tale from Tove Jansson.
When Moomintroll finds a beautiful shiny pebble, Snorkmaiden thinks it might be a star - and if it is a star, then Moomin can make a wish! But wishes are difficult things to get right, and while Moomin worries about what his wish will be, the star's shine begins to fade.
Moominmamma wakes up one morning to find a flying saucer has crash-landed in her cabbage patch. There's a strange machine dangling out of it that seems like it could be used to fix their broken radio, but when Moominpappa starts fiddling with it, he turns himself and Moomin invisible! Each knob on the machine causes strange and unlikely events to transpire, until the Martian finally recovers possession of its property. Moomin and the Martians is a lighthearted romp that reaffirms the importance of family.
Sie prallen in diesem psychologischen Thriller aufeinander: die junge Katri, ein Rechengenie mit eisernem Willen und wilden Wolfsaugen, das sich jede konventionelle Freundlichkeit untersagt - und das alte Fraulein Aemelin, die naive, hofliche Kunstlerin, die ihre detailliert-realistischen Bilder mit geblumten Kaninchen bevolkert. Denn die mittellose Katri will auf ehrliche Weise an Fraulein Aemelins Geld gelangen. Doch wer ist schlielich Wolf? Wer Kaninchen?Die Begegnung der beiden Frauen bewirkt einen seelischen Erdrutsch in ihnen, dessen Folgen nicht absehbar sind. In poetischen Bildern mit groer Suggestivkraft lsst Tove Jansson die seelische Dramatik dieser Begegnung sichtbar werden.