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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.

Featured books by Tove Jansson

Other books by Tove Jansson

The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book

The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

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 Pull-Out Prints

Moomin Pull-Out Prints

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2020

A beautifully packaged collection of Tove Jansson's classic Moomin artwork showcased alongside warm, witty and mindful quotes from the original books and characters. Packed full of stunning artwork from the Moomin archive including book covers, illustrations and a detailed map of Moominvalley, this book is a wonderful introduction to the magical world of the Moomins and a must-have for any Moomin fan. Printed on sturdy, high-quality A4 card, each picture can be pulled out and framed, or the book can be read from start to finish to give a history of the Moomins and their unique world. Tove Jansson's art, creative vision and philosophy have led her to become one of the world's most treasured children's authors and illustrators. Born in Helsinki to artist parents, she worked as a celebrated artist, author, and political cartoonist, but she is best known as the creator of the Moomins, the charming and quirky inhabitants of Moominvalley whose lives are filled with adventure, warmth and kindness. Publishing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Moomins, this gorgeous gift book is peppered with inspirational quotes and additional info alongside the artwork, and will appeal to collectors and new fans alike.

Moomin Baby: Words Tummy Time Concertina Book

Moomin Baby: Words Tummy Time Concertina Book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 29/09/2020

A gorgeous and gifty fold-out concertina board book that is perfect for tummy time. Tummy time helps to strengthen a baby's back, neck and shoulders. The bold patterns and high-contrast colours throughout are designed to help stimulate a baby's developing eyesight. In this beautiful new range of baby books, Tove Jansson's much-loved world of the Moomins is brought to life for the very tiniest of bookworms.

Letters from Tove

Letters from Tove

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

I find myself talking to you about all the great joys, all the agonies, all my thoughts... - Letter to Eva Konikova, 1946 Out of the thousands of letters Tove Jansson wrote a cache remains that she addressed to her family, her dearest confidantes, and her lovers, male and female. Into these she spilled her innermost thoughts, defended her ideals and revealed her heart. To read these letters is both an act of startling intimacy and a rare privilege. Penned with grace and humour, Letters from Tove offers an almost seamless commentary on Tove Jansson's life as it unfolds within Helsinki's bohemian circles and her island home. Spanning fifty years between her art studies and the height of Moomin fame, we share with her the bleakness of war; the hopes for love that were dashed and renewed, and her determined attempts to establish herself as an artist. Vivid, inspiring and shining with integrity, Letters from Tove shows precisely how an aspiring and courageous young artist can evolve into a very great one.

Moomintroll Sets Sail

Moomintroll Sets Sail

Author: Tove Jansson, Alex Haridi, Cecilia Davidsson Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Join the Moomins on an ocean adventure in this stunning picture book based on Tove Jansson's classic tales. The Moomins, Sniff and Little My are setting off across the high seas in Moominpappa's new boat. Along the way they will encounter a swarm of mischievous niblings, Edward the gigantic Booble, and a very cross Hemulen aunt. Will they make it back safely to Moominvalley . . . or could they be lost at sea? This beautiful re-telling of Tove Jansson's beloved story is perfect for Moomin fans of all ages. Combining the spirit of Jansson's original warm and witty text with stunning illustrations of all her most beloved characters, Moomintroll Sets Sail is a heartwarming story of kindness, adventure and courage, as the Moomins come to realise that although adventure is exciting, home is always best.

Moomin and the Spring Surprise

Moomin and the Spring Surprise

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2020

If you haven't met a Moomin yet, you're missing the most magical fun . . . It's winter in Moominvalley and the Moomin family are deep in their Long Winter Sleep, waiting for the sound of Too-Ticky's barrel organ to rouse them, as it did every spring. But when a mysterious ratta-tattle wakes Moomintroll with a start, will he be brave enough to investigate the noise on his own? And what surprises will he find if he does venture outside?

The Invisible Guest in Moominvalley

The Invisible Guest in Moominvalley

Author: Tove Jansson, Cecilia Davidsson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

A stunning and classic picture book, with a special textured cover, The Invisible Guest in Moominvalley is the perfect gift for Moomin fans of all ages. In Moominvalley everyone is welcome. So when Too-ticky arrives with an unusually invisible guest, Ninny, the Moomins endeavor to make their guest feel at home, armed with remedies to gently draw their new guest into visibility allowing her to regain her once lost voice. This unique retelling of Tove Jansson's touching short story The Invisible Child captures Jansson's wise, perceptive and original voice and includes delicate, painterly illustrations full of character and detail and based on Jansson's original drawings and colour plates. A new generation of readers will enjoy meeting the lovable Moomin family and friends, with their special values of tolerance, kindness and integrity, as they help feel Ninny feel safe and one of the family.

Moomin and the Windy Day

Moomin and the Windy Day

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 19/11/2019

With big flaps for little hands - a Moomin adventure to read and play with! Whoosh - oh no! The wind is causing mayhem all over Moominvalley and everything is topsy turvy. Lift the flaps to help Moomin and friends find their lost things...

Letters from Tove

Letters from Tove

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

'[The letters] cover war, fame and her first infatuation with another woman...all related in a voice that is funny, gracious, intimate' The Observer I find myself talking to you about all the great joys, all the agonies, all my thoughts... - Letter to Eva Konikova, 1946 Out of the thousands of letters Tove Jansson wrote a cache remains that she addressed to her family, her dearest confidantes, and her lovers, male and female. Into these she spilled her innermost thoughts, defended her ideals and revealed her heart. To read these letters is both an act of startling intimacy and a rare privilege. Penned with grace and humour, Letters from Tove offers an almost seamless commentary on Tove Jansson's life as it unfolds within Helsinki's bohemian circles and her island home. Spanning fifty years between her art studies and the height of Moomin fame, we share with her the bleakness of war; the hopes for love that were dashed and renewed, and her determined attempts to establish herself as an artist. Vivid, inspiring and shining with integrity, Letters from Tove shows precisely how an aspiring and courageous young artist can evolve into a very great one.

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.

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.