Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2
  • Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2
  • Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2
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Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2

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by Tove Jansson
     
 

In the second volume of Tove Jansson's humorous yet melancholic Moomin comic strip, we get four new stories about jealousy, competition, child rearing, and self-reinvention. The Moomins try to hibernate in the fashion of their ancestors but insomnia places them smack-dab into a winter carnival with the winter-sports-loving Mr. Brisk. The fickle and eternally

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In the second volume of Tove Jansson's humorous yet melancholic Moomin comic strip, we get four new stories about jealousy, competition, child rearing, and self-reinvention. The Moomins try to hibernate in the fashion of their ancestors but insomnia places them smack-dab into a winter carnival with the winter-sports-loving Mr. Brisk. The fickle and eternally lovestruck Mymble and Snorkmaiden find themselves in competition over a thrilling new man. Moominmamma meets her new neighbor, the Fillyjonk, causing her to hire the depressed and secretive Misabel as her new maid. Mymble's mother arrives on the Moomin family's doorstep with her seventeen new children. Finally, a prophet arrives on the scene declaring that the happy Moomins are in fact not happy at all and need to get back to nature and be free. Moomin, of course, becomes more and more miserable the freer he gets.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
A collection of comic strips that Jansson wrote during the 1950s for adults, based on the characters from her children's books. In this volume, the cute hippolike Moomins stay in their Scandinavian home and let the follies of the world-a self-glorifying athlete, snobbish new neighbors, or competing prophets-come to them. But folly can also be home-grown, as Moominpapa one winter decides that his family will eat pine needles and sleep on a pile of hay, because that is how their ancestors lived. Whatever the challenge, though, good sense always triumphs and all ends well. Jansson's gentle skewering of human foibles is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Teens will readily identify modern-day incarnations of Jansson's characters and appreciate her message that the path to happiness lies in being true to who you are and trusting in the support of caring friends and family. The whimsical black-and-white artwork conveys both the characters' emotions and the informality of life in Moominvalley.
—Sandy SchmitzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897299197
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Series:
Moomin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
621,364
Product dimensions:
8.79(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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Meet 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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I read all of the Moomin books as a child. These comic strips are even better because there are so many illustrations.