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.
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