Tove Jansson

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About Tove Jansson

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. Tove went on to publish twelve Moomin books between 1945 and 1977, which have sold in their millions and been translated into over forty languages. In the 1950's the Moomins became a successful cartoon strip, which was to feature in newspapers all over the world. As the Moomins' fame grew, they began to appear in television series, plays, films and a varied merchandise program soon followed. Tove also painted throughout her life and wrote novels and short stories, including the acclaimed Summer Book. But the Moomin world was never far away. As Tove said, 'You feel a cold wind on your legs when you step outside Moomin Valley,' In 1966, Tove received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lasting contribution to children's literature.

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Tove Jansson
Out now! My First Moomin: Goodnight Moomin by Tove Jansson. Published by Puffin.
1 month ago
Tove Jansson
Out now! Moomin Baby: Cloth Book by Tove Jansson. Published by Puffin.
2 months ago
Tove Jansson
Out now! The Last Dragon in Moominvalley by Tove Jansson. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
5 months ago
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6 months ago
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Seeing as it #RandomActsOfKindnessDay why not read The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley by Macmillan Children's Books. From Macmillan Children's Books.
9 months ago
Christmas Eve
This Christmas, discover Christmas Comes to Moominvalley by Tove Jansson and Filippa Widlund. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
11 months ago
Tove Jansson
Out now! Moomin's BIG Lift-the-Flap Moominhouse by Tove Jansson,. Published by Puffin.
1 year ago
Tove Jansson, Cecilia Davidsson and Filippa Widlund
Out now! The Invisible Guest in Moominvalley by Tove Jansson and Cecilia Davidsson, illustrated by Filippa Widlund. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
1 year ago

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