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A lost treasure now rediscovered--one of the sweetest, strangest comic strips ever drawn or written. A Surrealist masterpiece. Honest. (Neil Gaiman)

[Jansson's] work soars with lightness and speed, and her drawings only echo her writing: delicate but precise, observant yet suggestive . . . Jansson was exceptional, an exuberant explorer of emotional independence and interdependence, a liberating force. (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

Moomin is gorgeous, and is flat out the best Moomin book I've ever seen. Tove Jansson was a natural cartoonist. These strips are clever, gentle, witty, and completely engrossing. (Jeff Smith, cartoonist of Bone)

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Moomin (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; Reprint edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897299192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897299197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amateur Handiman and Athlete on December 6, 2007
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Moomin is one of the most brilliant, quirky, funny and thoughtful comic strips ever made. Cleverly drawn, highly imaginative writing. Of Swedish origin myself I was lucky enough to grow up with Moomin, and also to find a complete set of the original 10 Moomin books (in Swedish) many years ago. I have always loved the characters, their adventures, interesting philosophies and opinions, and interpretations of the world, etc. I am very happy that these books (the first two at least) are finally re-issued in English so my kids can read them, and the rest of the US. Highly recommended to both young and old. Please buy the first and second book, so the publisher releases the other 8 books too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hurt on March 8, 2008
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Tove Jansson's Moomin is a delight and a pleasure. The characters are beautifully drawn and interact with complex human emotions, but their stories are told in such a simple way that children can enjoy the book quite easily. This comes HIGHLY recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aritel on December 7, 2007
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I was introduced to the Moomintroll books by Tove Jansson(a popular Finnish author,) many years ago. These are some of the most charming, well-written and engaging stories for children I've ever encountered. I subsequently shared all the books with my daughter, who also fell in love with the whole Moomin Valley collection of creatures. (My 92-year-old mother still enjoys reading the chapter books!)
I had never seen the comic strips, and was delighted to find them. Though they lack the literary finesse of the longer books, they are still charming and funny, and full of wit and satire- displaying through these fanciful critters all the frailties of human behavior. Great for children of all ages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Cowan on April 17, 2008
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As utterly and completely charming as book one.
I'd read all her books but had never seen these.
I've returned to them often.

Question though: How can they call is The COMPLETE comic strip and release two volumes???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Ekholm on May 5, 2009
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This book is great! The whole series is really good. The Moomins are really funny...in an adult humor kind of way. The great thing about it is that kids would enjoy it too!
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This is going to be a weird review. I am currently building my own computer to place on a very low table at the end of my bed. I will not be able to see the monitor from my bed with the way it sits on the table. I ordered some of these Moomin books to use to stand the monitor on because they are one of the few book series that are all the same size. Plus I really like Moomin and I've always wanted these books.
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I read these whimsical, carefully cafted comicstrips as a kid, way back in the seventies in the Dutch newspaper "De Volkskrant" and the strange atmosphere intrigued me. Drawn in a very distinctive, clear line, the stories leasurely meander through the loose plots. Reading Moomin brings you in a relaxed state of mind. Read a story every night before bedtime and you're guaranteed to have pleasant dreams.
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By K.N. Listman on August 25, 2013
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A humorous array of ordinary domestic problems seem to keep cropping up for the Moomin family as they host their own winter sports fest, hire a maid and try to build a house.
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