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Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki, and was an illustrator and political cartoonist for the left-leaning, anti-Fascist magazine Garm. She created a long-running comic strip and a series of children's books featuring the much-loved hippopotamus-like character, Moomintroll. She is also... show more



Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki, and was an illustrator and political cartoonist for the left-leaning, anti-Fascist magazine Garm. She created a long-running comic strip and a series of children's books featuring the much-loved hippopotamus-like character, Moomintroll. She is also the author of eleven novels and short-story collections for adults, including The Summer Book and The True Deceiver. In 1994, she was awarded the Prize of the Swedish Academy. Photo by Hans Gedda [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Birth date: 1914-08-09
Died: 2001-06-27
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ewilly
ewilly rated it 4 months ago
A beautiful introduction into Jansson. An emotionally realistic and sometimes peek into an otherwise comfy but entirely relatable childhood. Philosophical, indeed, in the best tradition of books like Sophie's World and Michael Ende's novels, and like the latter demonstrates its ideas through descrip...
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Reading Slothfully rated it 4 months ago
Here endeth my study of the Moomins and their fellow creatures. I'll miss them.A number of creatures feel unsettled and decide to make their ways to Moomin Valley, so as to hang out in a sensible household, i.e. that run my Moominmamma and Moominpappa. But the Moomins are not there. So, the creature...
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Reading Slothfully rated it 4 months ago
After several "difficult" books, I figured it was time to revisit the Moomins. Sadly, this will be my last visit with them for a while, I plucked the last two Moomin books from the children's shelves in our library, and there won't be anymore for me to enjoy. Anyway, in this book, it seems that Moom...
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Reading Slothfully rated it 12 months ago
I think this might be my favorite Moomin book so far. It's the fourth I've read. It's midsummer in Moomin Valley and Snuffkin has yet to return from his winter adventures. Moomintroll is missing him terribly. But, the local volcano erupts and causes a stir in the ground, or something, which causes t...
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Reading Slothfully rated it 12 months ago
This reads a bit like a prequel to the first two Moomins books I read. In those books, Moominpappa spends a lot of his time up in his study, writing his memoirs. In this book, the memoirs of his early life are recounted. In essence, he's reading them to Moomintroll, Sniff and Snuffkin, occasionally...
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