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

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?

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 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 The Adventures of Moominpappa by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis. Moominpappa at Sea 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. The Exploits of Moominpappa 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.

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.

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.

All About Moomin

All About Moomin

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 07/06/2018

The perfect introduction to the wonderful world of the Moomins. Join Moomintroll for his busy day, from collecting treasures with Sniff, to listening to Moominpapa's stories of the sea. Every day is a new adventure in Moominvalley. A gentle, engaging story in a board book shaped just like Moomintroll.

Moominpappa at Sea

Moominpappa at Sea

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2018

Moominpappa yearns to make a fresh start, to find a rocky island and lighthouse where he'll feel alert and important again. And so the Moomins set sail for a new home. Moominpappa's longed-for-island proves as mysterious and wild and he'd hoped. It even has a deserted lighthouse. But how is Moominmamma to grow her flowers and what could have happened to the last keeper of the lighthouse?

Moominsummer Madness

Moominsummer Madness

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2018

When a grumbling volcano causes Moominvalley to flood, the Moomins escape by boat, finding refuge on a floating theatre. Adventures abound when the theatre casts adrift leaving Moomin,The Snorkmaiden and Little My marooned. Will they all be reunited before the final curtain?

Moomin Winter

Moomin Winter

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2018

As the Moomins prepare to hibernate through what is going to be the worst winter yet, several unwelcomed guests take advantage of the Moomins generosity and keep the family awake throughout the long winter. Their quirky but needy guests prevent the Moomins from hibernating and the chaos only increases with the arrival of a little nibling determined to find out everyone s secrets. One by one, the nibling sees what the Moomins and each of their houseguests do when no one else is looking. But everyone is ashamed of what the nibling has seen and is determined to keep their secret activities, well, a secret!

Moomin and the Brigand

Moomin and the Brigand

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2017

Moomin s pushy relations have come to stay, and in the process of getting them out, he unwittingly embarks on a quest for fame and fortune with his sly friend Sniff. But it s much harder to get rich than either of them expects, whether it s through selling rare creatures to the zoo, using a fortune-teller to find treasures, or making modern art. Through a stroke of luck, however, Moomin meets the love of his life, Snorkmaiden, and with her help he finds the self-confidence he needs to get his house back. The iconic first Moomin comic strip by Tove Jansson, Moomin and the Brigands is a thrilling introduction to the vibrant inhabitants of Moominvalley we ve come to know and love.

Moominland Midwinter

Moominland Midwinter

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special collectors' hardback editions lovingly restored to original designs 'I love these editions-so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, a fold out map and gorgeous endpapers. Moomins always sleep through the winter while the snow settles all around them, waking up in time for spring and the arrival of Snufkin and other friends. Or they did until one year when Moomintroll happened to wake up and find himself all alone in a sleepy, dusty house in a silent, snow-covered valley. In this moving story of a small, brave Moomin finding his way in the mysterious world of winter we discover that there are always new friends to be found - like the calm and wise Too-ticky and the irrepressible Little My - and new ways to play and be kind. From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special collectors' hardback editions lovingly restored to original designs 'I love these editions - so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, newly scanned images and gorgeous endpapers. When signs appear that a comet is heading towards their beloved Moominvalley, Moomin and his friend Sniff set sail to consult with the professors in the distant Lonely Mountains. Their journey is full of adventures and narrow escapes; from crocodiles, giant lizards, eagles and the like, but new friends - soon to become firm friends - help lighten the way. In this first and most exciting Moomin novel, we meet the wandering Snufkin, the fascinating Snork Maiden and her brother the Snork as they join Moomin in his race to get home to Moominmamma before the comet crashes. From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

The Memoirs Of Moominpappa

The Memoirs Of Moominpappa

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special collectors' hardback editions lovingly restored to original designs 'I love these editions - so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, gorgeous endpapers and including for the first time a special prologue written by Tove but never before published in the UK. 'One cold and windy autumn evening many years ago a newspaper parcel was found on the doorstep of the Home for Moomin Foundlings. In that parcel I lay, quite small and shivering with cold.' So begins the remarkable Memoirs of Moominpappa, a book written to delight his dear son Moomintroll and friends. What follows is a story about storytelling itself. Moominpappa weaves one fabulous tale after another, writing at night to read aloud by day and featuring not only the fearless, adventurous author but also the fathers of Sniff and Snufkin - the rather muddled Muddler and the carefree Joxter. Add to this mix the genius inventor Hodgkins and a grand finale in which Moominpappa rescues a shipwrecked Moominmamma from the waves and the fun becomes irresistible. The Memoirs of Moominpappa, was first published in the UK in 1950 under the title The Exploits of Moominpapa. In the early 1960s Tove Jansson substantially revised this text, redrawing pictures and reinstating her preferred title. This is the very first time the revised edition has become available in the UK. From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Special Collectors' Hardback Editions Lovingly Restored to Original Designs 'I love these editions-so beautifully produced, so solid and permanent, just as Tove Jansson deserved.' Philip Pullman A beautiful collectors' edition of this classic Moomin story, using original 50s and 60s cover artwork, a fold out map and gorgeous endpapers In case you didn't know, the Moomins are kind, loyal and welcoming creatures with smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house shaped like an old stove in a valley in the forests of Finland. They love sunshine and sleep right through the winter, when the snow turns their house into a great snowball. In spring they wake up, clamber down the rope ladders hanging from their windows ready for fresh new adventures. And so this classic story begins, full of fun and excitement and the most unexpected happenings. Such as when Moomin and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find a Hobgoblin's hat that casts a spell over the whole of Moominvalley... From the publisher of The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree (all proceeds to Oxfam) here's the Moomin gift editions.

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! Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into 34 languages and adapted for television, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.

Moomin Begins a New Life

Moomin Begins a New Life

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

In a new, perfectly pocket-sized format, The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book features 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 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.

Club Life in Moomin Valley

Club Life in Moomin Valley

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2016

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.

The Moomin Colouring Book

The Moomin Colouring Book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

This stylish and unique Moomin Colouring Book features original artwork from the coveted archive of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins; one of the most cherished children's book series ever written. Beautifully conceived and designed, this contemporary colouring book features striking patterns and scenes as well as all your favourite Moomin characters and their most memorable quotes. The perfect gift for Moomin fans.

Moominmamma's Maid

Moominmamma's Maid

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/12/2015

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.

Moomin and the Wishing Star

Moomin and the Wishing Star

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

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.

I Spy With Moomin

I Spy With Moomin

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 03/09/2015

Turn the wheel and play I spy with Moomin and his friends! This chunky novelty book is perfect for little hands.

Tolkien Calendar 2016 Illustrated by Tove Jansson

Tolkien Calendar 2016 Illustrated by Tove Jansson

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Calendar Release Date: 20/07/2015

The Official Tolkien Calendar 2016 features illustrations from renowned artist, Tove Jansson, creator of The Moomins. Jansson illustrated The Hobbit in 1961 for the Swedish and Finnish editions, creating a dozen enchanting full page drawings plus many smaller vignette pieces. Never before published in an English-language edition, the 2016 calendar contains all twelve of these illustrations, many of the vignettes, and a full-colour centrefold featuring her dramatic cover painting of Smaug attacking the Dwarves. The calendar is introduced by Tolkien expert and author Brian Sibley, who corresponded with the artist and provides insightful commentary regarding the genesis of the illustrations and Jansson's tireless work continuing to build the world of The Moomins. The Official Tolkien Calendar has been an established publishing event for Tolkien fans and Hobbit collectors for the last four decades, and the 2016 edition will continue to delight and surprise.

Moomin and the Martians

Moomin and the Martians

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2015

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.

Sculptor's Daughter A Childhood Memoir

Sculptor's Daughter A Childhood Memoir

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Tove Jansson's first book for adults drew on her childhood memories to capture afresh the enchantments and fears of growing up in Helsinki in the nineteen tens and twenties. Described as both a memoir and 'a book of superb stories' by Ali Smith, her startlingly evocative prose offers a glimpse of the mysteries of winter ice, the bonhomie of balalaika parties, and the vastness of Christmas viewed from beneath the tree. With rare images from the Jansson family archive, it makes a perfect gift.

Moomin Deluxe Anniversary Edition

Moomin Deluxe Anniversary Edition

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Tove Jansson's Moomin stories made her one of the most be--loved Scandinavian authors of the twentieth century. Jansson's whimsical tales of Moominvalley resonate with children for their light-hearted spirit, and with adults for their incisive com-mentary on the banality of everyday life. 2014 marks the cente--nary of her birth, and Jansson is being honoured with events in England, Scandinavia, Germany, Russia, Japan, Australia, Italy, Spain, and France. Drawn and Quarterly is joining the festivities by releasing Moomin: The deluxe anniversary edition, a slipcased, hardcover collection of the complete Tove Jansson-penned Moomin comic strip, replete with all of her most popular story--lines and original pencil sketches. It has been more than sixty years since the Moomin comic strip debuted in the London Eve--ning News. By the end of its run in 1975, Moomin was syndicated in more than forty newspapers around the world, and hailed for its light-handed, charming stories. The comics were revived in 2005 by Drawn and Quarterly and published to widespread acclaim, sparking a new genera--tion of devoted Moomin fans with international editions around the world. Moomin: The deluxe anniversary edition celebrates the classic comics the world adores, and will feature an essay about Tove's work on the Moomin strip.

Moomin on the Riviera

Moomin on the Riviera

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2014

As springtime dawns in Moominvalley and the first northern crocus opens, Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden, glamourised by the prospects of movie stars and gambling, insist the whole family take a trip down to the Riviera. Reluctantly Moomin and Moominmamma agree to go along, and the Moomins set off on a grand adventure, complete with butlers, luxury shops, indoor swimming pools, and duels at dawn. With their innocent curiosity about everything, the Moomins prove the perfect foil for the cynical, world-weary residents of the Riviera. Moomin on the Riviera is a classic Moomin story reworked in full colour. A delight for the whole family!

Moominvalley for the Curious Explorer

Moominvalley for the Curious Explorer

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Moominvalley for the Curious Explorer is a 3-D guide to the extraordinary world of the Moomins. Welcome to Moominvalley! Pull out your guide and explore the wonderful scenery, from the towering Moominhouse, through the forest, over the bridge and down to the sea... Then turn the book over to meet the many extraordinary inhabitants of Moominvalley and say hello to Moomintroll, Snorkmaiden and LIttle My! This lovely little book is perfect for Moomin fans young and old, and features sumptuous artwork. Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into 34 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.

The Listener

The Listener

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2014

In her first ever story collection, Jansson revealed the clarity of vision and light philosophical touch that were to become her hallmark. From the good listener who begins to betray the secrets confided to her, to vignettes of a city storm or the slow halting of spring, these stories are gifts of originality and depth.

Moomin and the Golden Tail

Moomin and the Golden Tail

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2014

Moomin's tail gets its fifteen minutes of fame. One day Moomin notices that his tail seems to be thinning. Worried that Snorkmaiden will no longer love him if his tail goes bald, he consults the family doctor and several tail specialists, and even gets an X-ray. Nothing helps! Finally Moominmamma cooks up a magic potion, and it works like a charm, but now Moomin's lustrous new tail is, well, solid gold! Moomin becomes the toast of society, and the target of numerous journalists and money-making schemes. Moomin and the Golden Tail takes a long hard look at the consequences of fame. Tove Jansson's flawless cartooning is brought to life in a whole new way within these pages. A delight for the whole family!

Moomin's Desert Island

Moomin's Desert Island

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2014

The Moomins picnic with their ancestors, a pair of pirates, and, best of all, Mymble. After a disastrous helicopter ride through a thunderstorm, the entire Moomin family is stranded on a desert island - the very island their ancestors came from! They make the best of it, hunting for their supper, exploring mysterious tunnels, and salvaging items from a wrecked pirate ship (including the Mymble!), but their ancestors don't let them live in peace and quiet for too long. Soon the whole island will have to deal with the explosive consequences of their ancestors' misbehaviour. Tove Jansson's flawless cartooning is brought to life in a whole new way within these pages. A delight for the whole family!

Sculptor's Daughter A Childhood Memoir

Sculptor's Daughter A Childhood Memoir

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Tove Jansson's first book for adults drew on her childhood memories to capture afresh the enchantments and fears of growing up in Helsinki in the nineteen tens and twenties. Described as both a memoir and 'a book of superb stories' by Ali Smith, her startlingly evocative prose offers a glimpse of the mysteries of winter ice, the bonhomie of balalaika parties, and the vastness of Christmas viewed from beneath the tree. This deluxe hardback, with rare images from the Jansson family archive, makes a perfect gift.

Moomin Falls in Love

Moomin Falls in Love

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2013

Moomin Builds a House

Moomin Builds a House

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2013

Moomin's Winter Follies

Moomin's Winter Follies

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2012

Moominvalley Turns Jungle

Moominvalley Turns Jungle

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2012

The Moomins and the Great Flood

The Moomins and the Great Flood

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Created in 1945, yet published in this country for the very first time, The Moomins and the Great Flood offers an extraordinary glimpse into the creativity and imagination that launched the Moomin books. Moominmamma and young Moomintroll search for the long lost Moominpappa through forest and flood, meeting a little creature (an early Sniff) and the elegantly strange Tulippa along the way. Tove Jansson illustrates her first ever Moomin adventure with stunning sepia watercolour and delightful pen and ink drawings. A revelation for Moomin fans. Other Moomin picture books include The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My [9780955352743], Who Will Comfort Toffle? [9780953522798] and The Dangerous Journey [9780954899592].

Art in Nature and other stories

Art in Nature and other stories

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2012

An elderly caretaker at a large outdoor exhibition, called Art in Nature, finds that a couple have lingered on to bicker about the value of a picture; he has a surprising suggestion that will resolve both their row and his own ambivalence about the art market. A draughtsman's obsession with drawing locomotives provides a dark twist to a love story. A cartoonist takes over the work of a colleague who has suffered a nervous breakdown only to discover that his own sanity is in danger. In these witty, sharp, often disquieting stories, Tove Jansson reveals the fault-lines in our relationship with art, both as artists and as consumers. Obsession, ambition, and the discouragement of critics are all brought into focus in these wise and cautionary tales.

Moomin Adventure Book

Moomin Adventure Book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2012

Moomintroll (with a little help from his friends and family) shows us how to explore the world beyond our doorstep, inventing games, making toys, eating good food and having fun... Moomin-style! This handy manual, written by Cally Law, features Tove Jansson's strip cartoons, illustrations and words of wisdom from her Moomin novels, so there will always be something to do, even on rainy days.

Sniff's Book of Thoughts

Sniff's Book of Thoughts

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Who of us could not confess to liking food, sleeping and things that shine - at least sometimes? Or dream about becoming rich? This is also true of Sniff, who is fundamentally sweet-natured and who willingly participates in everything, so long as it isn't too dangerous or tiring. This book contains many funny insights as well as support for all those in whom there lurks a little Sniff.

Little My's Book of Thoughts

Little My's Book of Thoughts

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

This kooky collection brings together the most perceptive insights of the Moomin's shortest neighbour - Little My. She can be so direct that she sometimes needs a firm hand to keep her in line. She knows how to ask difficult questions and give confident answers, but Little My has an undeniable talent for encouraging others to be independent and brave.

Moominpappa's Book of Thoughts

Moominpappa's Book of Thoughts

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Moominpappa's Book of Thoughts is a collection of philosophical anecdotes and other profound insights from the most senior Moomin, providing readers with an essential roadmap on how to go about life. During his long and eventful life, Moominpappa has had a knack of coming out with funny as well as profound thoughts, both in good times and bad.

Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/02/2011

A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do! Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll decides to find out. So, with Sniff, he sets out on an expedition to ask the Professor if a comet is really on its way to destroy the Earth. On their journey they meet some interesting people - such as Snufkin the super tramp, and the Hemulen who rescuesthem from an underground tunnel - and have narrow escapes from such menaces as crocodiles and giant lizards. And on their way back Moomintroll meets the beautiful Snork Maiden and is a changed Moomin for ever after. But what about the comet - and is the World Wiped Out?...

The Dangerous Journey

The Dangerous Journey

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2010

A little girl is transported with the help of magic glasses from the tedium of a summer afternoon into an exciting world of mangrove swamps, spluttering volcanoes and sea where birds fly upside down and wild things threaten to pounce. But she is not alone. Old friends from Moomin Valley - Hemulen, Sniff, Snufkin, Thingummy & Bob - have joined her on the journey, and Moomin too, who rides to their rescue in a stripey balloon. This brand new version of a 'lost classic' pairs Jansson's irresistible artwork with a playful rhyming text by one of Britain's star poets.

Moominland Midwinter

Moominland Midwinter

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2010

'This is snow,' Moomintroll whispered to himself. Moomins always sleep through the winter - or they did until the year Moomintroll woke up and went exploring in the silent, snow-covered valley where the river used to scuttle along and all his friends were so busy in summer.

Snufkin's Book of Thoughts

Snufkin's Book of Thoughts

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Snufkin's Book of Thoughts is a collection of cheerful and free-spiritedideas as well as eternal truths. The free and philosophical wanderer, Snufkin, lives his life in his own peaceful way. To Moomintroll, he is an irreplaceable friend and all the other residents of Moominvalley look to him for counsel. Original illustrations by the creator of the Moomins and the author of the bestselling The Summer Book - Tove Jansson.

Moomintroll's Book of Thoughts

Moomintroll's Book of Thoughts

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

This is a collection of uplifting musings from the tender and sentimental young Moomintroll, providing some deceptively wise insights from the beloved Moomin stories. Moomintroll is innocent and sincere, with a sharp eye for the small beautiful things in life. He is always considerate of others, even those of us who are most quiet and unassuming. Includes original illustrations by the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson.

Moominmamma's Book of Thoughts

Moominmamma's Book of Thoughts

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Moomin stories are full of thrilling adventures, exuberant humour, eternal truths and timeless wisdom. Moominmamma ponders friendship, courage and understanding. Her musings, in this collection, offer a glimpse of her abiding serenity and her unique ability to always see the silver lining, even in disaster. Includes original illustrations by the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson.

Travelling Light

Travelling Light

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2010

This newly translated collection of stories brilliantly evokes the shifting scenes and restlessness of summer. A professor arrives in a beautiful Spanish village only to find that her host has left and she must cope with fractious neighbours alone; a holiday on a Finnish Island is thrown into disarray when a disconcerting young boy arrives; an artist returns to an old flat to discover that her life has been eerily usurped. Philosophical and profound, but with the deceptive lightness that is her hallmark, Travelling Light is guaranteed to surprise and transport.

Moomin and the Birthday Button

Moomin and the Birthday Button

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2010

The Moomin family and their friends are the delightful creation of Tove Jansson, and are full of a particular humour and magic that has enchanted generations of children and adults alike. Using the author's original characters and artwork, Moomin and the Birthday Button is part of a stunning new range of children's titles launching in the year of the Moomins' 65th anniversary celebrations. In this, the first of a new series of picture books, Moomintroll wakes up full of excitement. It's his birthday! But when it appears that his friends have forgotten all about his special day, Moomintroll is very upset. Even Moominmamma finds it hard to comfort him! Then there's a knock at the door . . . Who can it be, and what will happen next?

Moomin Book Five

Moomin Book Five

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2010

The True Deceiver

The True Deceiver

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2009

In the deep winter snows of a Swedish hamlet, a strange young woman fakes a break-in at the house of an elderly artist in order to persuade her that she needs companionship. But what does she hope to gain by doing this? And who ultimately is deceiving whom? In this portrayal of two women grappling with truth and lies, nothing can be taken for granted. By the time the snow thaws, both their lives will have changed irrevocably.

Moomin Book Four The complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

Moomin Book Four The complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2009

Moomin Book Three The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

Moomin Book Three The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2008

Moomin Book One

Moomin Book One

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2006

A Winter Book Selected Stories

A Winter Book Selected Stories

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2006

Following the widely acclaimed and bestselling The Summer Book, here is A Winter Book collection of some of Tove Jansson's best loved and most famous stories. Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning most of the twentieth century, this newly translated selection provides a thrilling showcase of the great Finnish writer's prose, scattered with insights and home truths. It has been selected and is introduced by Ali Smith. A Winter Book features 13 stories from Tove Jansson's first book for adults,The Sculptor's Daughter (1968) plus 7 of her most cherished later stories (from 1971 to 1996), translated into English and published here for the first time.

Moomin's Touch and Feel Playbook

Moomin's Touch and Feel Playbook

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Board book Release Date: 14/06/2004

A brilliant Touch and Feel Playbook, based on Tove Jansson's Moomins! With plenty for little hands to touch and feel on every page, this brilliant playbook is a perfect introduction to first words, numbers, weather, opposites and colours. Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into over 40 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.

Who Will Comfort Toffle?

Who Will Comfort Toffle?

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2003

A tale of Moomin Valley sees Toffle driven from his home by the frightening noises of the forest. Too shy, at first, to approach the many colourful Moomin characters he passes along the way, he gains confidence by discovering a scared and lonely Miffle who needs his help. Toffle's quest to save Miffle from the dreadful Groke is an inspiring tale that every child (and many adults) are sure to identify with. In Scandinavia, this story by Tove Jansson is even more popular than her Moomin books; in over 40 years since it was published it has never once been out of print.

Moomin Book Two

Moomin Book Two

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2003

The Summer Book

The Summer Book

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2003

An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself. Written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story.Tove Janssoncaptured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh, authentic and deeply humane.

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2001

Finnish artist Tove Jansson's Moomin stories have been continually in print for more than half a century, in 35 languages. They are among Europe's best loved and enduring children's classics, and through the TV animation (BBC2), the warm-hearted, whimsical creatures of Moomin valley have been brought to a new younger British audience. Introducing the first Sort Of Children's Classic in a new English version by Sophie Hannah. Sort of Books proudly presents the original full colour Moomin picture book with its irresistible cut-out page designs and playful rhyming text in a new version by one of Britain's star poets.

Fair Play

Fair Play

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/1999

So what can happen when Tove Jansson turns her attention to her own favourite subjects, love and work, in the form of this novel about two women, lifelong partners and friends? Expect something philosophically calm - and discreetly radical. Its publication is cause for huge celebration. (Ali Smith, from her Introduction to Fair Play) What mattered most to Tove Jansson, she explained in her eighties, was work and love, a sentiment she echoes in this tender and original novel. Translated for the first time into English, Fair Play portrays a love between two older women, a writer and artist, as they work side-by-side in their Helsinki studios, travel together and share summers on a remote island. In the generosity and respect they show each other and the many small shifts they make to accommodate each other's creativity we are shown a relationship both heartening and truly progressive.

Moominvalley in November

Moominvalley in November

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/1974

'They can't have moved away without saying a word!' Winter is coming, and the Fillyjonk, the Hemulen, Toft, Mymble, etc. are all waiting in Moominvalley to see the Moomins return home. Winter doesn't seem right without them . . .

Moominpappa at Sea

Moominpappa at Sea

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/1974

A Moomintroll is small and shy and fat, and has a Moominpappa and a Moominmamma. Moomins live in the forests of Finland. One day Moominpappa is feeling at a loss. He has no idea what to do with himself because it seems everything has already been done. So he takes his family off to start a new life in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It's rather quiet and lonely at first, but as they begin to explore their unusual surroundings the Moomins discover some funny and surprising new things about themselves.

Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/1973

Finn Family Moomintroll is the second book in the cult classic Moomin series by Tove Jansson. A must-read for adults and children alike. Poor little chap! He had been turned into a very strange animal indeed . . . 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 . . . 'They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them' - Philip Pullman 'A beautifully strange world, excquisitely illustrated' - Lauren Child Tove Jansson was born in Finland in 1914. She began her career as a cartoonist and went on to write and illustrate many books for adults and children. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, and in 1945 he became a character in a children's story. Tove became world-famous for her Moomin books, which began with Comet in Moominland in 1946, closely followed by Finn Family Moomintroll. Tove Jansson received many prestigious awards during her lifetime, including the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal. She died in 2001, aged 87.

Tales from Moominvalley

Tales from Moominvalley

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/1973

If you found a tiny golden dragon with green paws, would you know what to do with it? Well, Moomintroll thinks he knows what to do. But when he takes his new-found pet home, things don't quite work out as planned! Here is a delightful collection of stories in which Moomintroll meets some new characters such as the Fillyjonk and the Hattifatteners, as well as sharing adventures with old friends, namely Snufkin and Little My.

Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/1973

The first Moomin novel by Tove Jansson. A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do! Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll decides to find out. So, with Sniff, he sets out on an expedition to ask the Professor if a comet is really on its way to destroy the Earth. On their journey they meet some interesting people - such as Snufkin the super tramp, and the Hemulen who rescuesthem from an underground tunnel - and have narrow escapes from such menaces as crocodiles and giant lizards. And on their way back Moomintroll meets the beautiful Snork Maiden and is a changed Moomin for ever after. But what about the comet - and is the World Wiped Out?...

Moominsummer Madness

Moominsummer Madness

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/1971

It all began with a hot day in June, and a volcano dropping black ash on Moominmamma's washing. Then a crack appeared in the ground, and Moomintroll's toothbrush slipped straight down into the dark and yawning earth. Then a great flood wave came crashing through Moomin Valley. And that was why the Moomins found themselves a new home, and why they all had so many strange adventures, ones that were odd even by Moomin standards. . .

The Exploits of Moominpappa

The Exploits of Moominpappa

Author: Tove Jansson Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/1969

'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.

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