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Tove Jansson

  • 5 stars across 75 books
    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 1950s 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.
    1st July 2010

    Moomin and the Birthday Button

    The Moomin family and their friends are the delightful creation of Tove Jansson, and are full of a particular humour a... More

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    3rd February 2011

    Comet in Moominland

    A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do! Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll... More

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    4th November 2010

    The Dangerous Journey

    A little girl is transported with the help of magic glasses from the tedium of a summer afternoon into an exciting world... More

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    28th June 2010

    Moomin's Lift-the-flap Hide and Seek

    'Coming, Little My, ready or not!' Meet Moomintroll's family and friends in this intriguing lift-the-flap game of hid... More

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    2nd October 2003

    Who Will Comfort Toffle?

    A tale of Moomin Valley sees Toffle driven from his home by the frightening noises of the forest. Too shy, at first, to ... More

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    24th June 1971

    Moominsummer Madness

    It all began with a hot day in June, and a volcano dropping black ash on Moominmamma's washing. Then a crack appeared ... More

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    4th October 2001

    The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

    Finnish artist Tove Jansson's Moomin stories have been continually in print for more than half a century, in 35 language... More

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    1st November 2012

    The Moomins and the Great Flood

    Created in 1945, yet published in this country for the very first time, The Moomins and the Great Flood offers an extrao... More

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    23rd June 1992

    Dangerous Journey

    This is an audio-cassette version of two of the Beginner Level stories in a series of ELT readers comprising a wide rang... More

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