Before he had a family, Moominpappa led a life of adventure and intrigue. But he’s never told his story until now. He has a bad cold, and it’s the perfect time to remember his youthful endeavors and to ponder the experiences which have made him the remarkable Moomin he is. Enhanced with Tove Jansson’s simple, sprightly drawings, this series of delightful stories about life in Moomin Valley has enchanted audiences around the world for more than 70 years.
Illustrated by the author.
“Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and completely universal.” — Philip Pullman
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books, including Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll. Born into an artistic family–her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator — Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu.
192 page paperback
Square Fish, 2010