'It's the most wonderful valley in the world.' - MoomintrollStep into the magical world of Moominvalley with this beautiful and unique book; a fun, fascinating and unprecedented look at the wonderful world of the Moomins and their creator, Tove Jansson.Filled with illustrated maps and family trees, facts about Moomintroll behaviour and habits, this book contains all you could wish to know about the beloved characters from the original Moomin stories and the world in which they live. Find out all about Moomintroll's adventures, Moominmamma's handbag and Moominpappa's diary and meet the extended Moomin family including Snork Maiden, Snufkin, Sniff and Little My.This book also takes you behind the studio door of the uniquely talented, Tove Jansson. Featuring original Moomin drawings, colour studies and stunning character sketches as well as family photographs and Tove's childhood drawings.Written by award-winning children's author Philip Ardagh with contributions from best-selling children's author, screenwriter and Moomin devotee, Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley is a highly illustrated, beautifully designed gift book for all Moomin fans to treasure.
A stunning gift book featuring lots of inside information and original drawings by Tove Jansson for all Moomin fans to treasure
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.
Section - i: Foreword by Frank Cottrell-BoyceIntroduction - ii: Introduction by Philip ArdaghChapter - 1: In Search of the Moomins . . .Chapter - 2: Meet the Moomins and FriendsChapter - 3: The Darker Side of MoominvalleyChapter - 4: Music in MoominvalleyChapter - 5: Less Familiar FacesChapter - 6: Moominvalley MagicChapter - 7: A Year in MoominvalleyChapter - 8: CatastrophesChapter - 9: Mysterious CreaturesChapter - 10: Moomin-ismsChapter - 11: The World of Tove JanssonChapter - 12: Behind the Studio DoorChapter - 13: Inspiration and ImaginationChapter - 14: Beyond the BooksIndex - iii: Character IndexAcknowledgements - iv: AcknowledgementsSection - v: Picture Credits