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A stunning gift book featuring lots of inside information and original drawings by Tove Jansson for all Moomin fans to treasure

Table of Contents

Section - i: Foreword by Frank Cottrell-Boyce Introduction - ii: Introduction by Philip Ardagh Chapter - 1: In Search of the Moomins . . . Chapter - 2: Meet the Moomins and Friends Chapter - 3: The Darker Side of Moominvalley Chapter - 4: Music in Moominvalley Chapter - 5: Less Familiar Faces Chapter - 6: Moominvalley Magic Chapter - 7: A Year in Moominvalley Chapter - 8: Catastrophes Chapter - 9: Mysterious Creatures Chapter - 10: Moomin-isms Chapter - 11: The World of Tove Jansson Chapter - 12: Behind the Studio Door Chapter - 13: Inspiration and Imagination Chapter - 14: Beyond the Books Index - iii: Character Index Acknowledgements - iv: Acknowledgements Section - v: Picture Credits

About the Author

Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001) was born in Helsinki to artist parents. She was to become a celebrated artist, political cartoonist and author, but she is best known as the creator of the Moomins, one of the most successful and beloved children's book series ever written. Inspired by summers spent on the islands off Finland and Sweden, Tove created the unique world of Moominvalley and all its inhabitants. The Moomins and The Great Flood, her first book to feature the Moomins, published in 1945. In 1966, Tove received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lasting contribution to children's literature.


Bound in celestial blue and gold, featuring a foreword by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Tove Jansson's glorious illustrations throughout, Ardagh's weighty, witty, carefully curated guide to the Moomins, their friends, their philosophies and their habitats - as well as the life of their mysterious creator - offers hours of browsing to aficionados young and old. * The Best Children's Books 2017, Guardian *
A whopping, beautifully illustrated guide. * Spectator *

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