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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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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it 5 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 6 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 12 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...
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...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 1 year 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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