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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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Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 3 months ago
“… una pianta la si sposta dove può stare meglio, per una settimana ce la fa a sopravvivere sulla veranda. Se si sta via più a lungo, la si affida a qualcuno che la bagni, e può essere un po’ complicato.Perfino le piante diventano una responsabilità, come tutto quello di cui si ha cura e che non è i...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 10 months ago
A person can find anything if he takes the time, that is, if he can afford to look. And while he’s looking, he’s free, and he finds things he never expected. This book is brilliant. It's the story of 6-year-old Sophia and her grandmother and the summer they spend together on an island - they go exp...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 11 months ago
March 2018 Reader’s Group Read. Rhianna Pratchett recently penned a piece for the Guardian about what the Moomins meant to both her and her father, Terry Pratchett. The Moomins are truly magical and wonderous. Jansson’s Moomin books are also about acceptance and love; it is not really funny in the b...
ewilly
ewilly rated it 1 year 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...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 1 year 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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