April 2014 Guest Editor Nicci French on Moominland Midwinter.
The books we love as children never leave us. I was completely enchanted by the Moomin books when I was small, and their hold over me seems to have grown. We’ve read them to our children numerous times. They are funny, eccentric, mystical and profound - madcap masterpieces that speak to the human heart.
'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.
“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.” — Wall Street Journal
“This book is a marvelous new look at a time of year when many of us are huddling inside, trying to stay warm, and a good reminder during a hot summer of what to look forward to in a few short months.” — The Green Man Review
“Timeless . . . Perfect for reading aloud . . . The magical adventures of the innocent Moomin family have the whimsical, surrealistic quality of Frank Baum’s Oz books.” — Chicago Parent
“The Moomins originated in Finland, found their way to England, and have now, happily, crossed the Atlantic. One couldn’t ask for more engaging citizens.” — The Christian Science Monitor
“The books . . . belong on the shelf next to classics like A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Tollbooth. ” — Entertainment
Publication date: 26/07/1973
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||26th July 1973|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Categories:||Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),|
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 ...More About Tove Jansson