Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition

Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition

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by Tove Jansson
     
 

A celebration of Tove Jansson's legacy, one hundred years after her birth

Tove Jansson's Moomin stories made her one of the most beloved Scandinavian authors of the twentieth century. Jansson's whimsical tales of Moominvalley resonate with children for their lighthearted spirit, and with adults for their incisive commentary on the banality of everyday life

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A celebration of Tove Jansson's legacy, one hundred years after her birth

Tove Jansson's Moomin stories made her one of the most beloved Scandinavian authors of the twentieth century. Jansson's whimsical tales of Moominvalley resonate with children for their lighthearted spirit, and with adults for their incisive commentary on the banality of everyday life. The year 2014 marks the centenary of her birth, and Jansson is being honored with events in Japan, Scandinavia, England, Germany, Russia, Australia, Italy, Spain, and France. Drawn & Quarterly is joining the festivities by releasing Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition, a slipcased hardcover collection of the complete Tove Jansson-penned Moomin comic strip, replete with all of her most popular storylines and original pencil sketches.
It has been more than sixty years since the Moomin comic strip debuted in the London Evening News. By the end of its run in 1975, Moomin was syndicated in more than forty newspapers around the world and hailed for its light-handed, charming stories. The comics were revived in 2005 by Drawn & Quarterly and published to widespread acclaim, sparking a new generation of devoted Moomin fans with international editions around the world. Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition celebrates the classic comics the world adores, and will feature an essay about Tove's work on the Moomin strip.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This single volume edition . . . comes with several full-page, never-seen-before character studies and sketches, runs to 400 pages, and weighs in at about 2kg . . . If you love Sniff, Snufkin and the rest, you’ll find it irresistible.” —Guardian Best Graphic Novels of 2014

“Sixty years after their original serialization—and to celebrate Jansson’s centenary—the fanciful comic strip frolics of the hippo-like Moomins are collected together in one volume, handsome and big enough to hug.” —Globe & Mail Best Books of 2014

“With a sincere childlike nature and a stoic acceptance of misadventure . . . Moomin and company—Moominmamma, Snufkin, Stinky and Snork Maiden, to name a few—emerge from each story full of tolerance and quiet humor.” —The New York Times

“As a strip, there is nothing really all that much like Moomin . . . You could read entire anthologies of comic strips that do not contain the sadness and truth that Jansson gets into three panels there. That is ultimately Jansson’s real gift: stuffing so, so much into the tiniest of spaces. I can only imagine how world-expanding that would seem to a child. As an adult, it’s an overstuffed reminder of how horrible it is to crave simplicity.” —National Post

Praise for the Moomin series

“Tove Jansson . . . created a quirky, original comic strip masterpiece . . . Moomins are the vehicles through which Jansson explores everything that’s laughable, charming, laudable and suspect about being human.” —Myla Goldberg, NPR

The New York Times

With a sincere childlike nature and a stoic acceptance of misadventure . . . Moomin and company--Moominmamma, Snufkin, Stinky and Snork Maiden, to name a few--emerge from each story full of tolerance and quiet humor.
NPR on the Moomin Series - Myla Goldberg

Tove Jansson . . . created a quirky, original comic strip masterpiece . . . Moomins are the vehicles through which Jansson explores everything that's laughable, charming, laudable and suspect about being human.
National Post

As a strip, there is nothing really all that much like Moomin . . . You could read entire anthologies of comic strips that do not contain the sadness and truth that Jansson gets into three panels there. That is ultimately Jansson's real gift: stuffing so, so much into the tiniest of spaces. I can only imagine how world-expanding that would seem to a child. As an adult, it's an overstuffed reminder of how horrible it is to crave simplicity.
School Library Journal
01/01/2015
Gr 4 Up—Considered a national treasure in Finland but best known in this country for her "Moomin" novels, Jansson did it all: picture books, children's fiction, adult prose, and, in the 1950s, a series of comics about her most famous creations, the Moomintrolls. In honor of what would have been Jansson's 100th birthday, Drawn and Quarterly has released a gorgeous slip-covered collection of 21 of her best comics stories, including "Moomin on the Riviera," "Moomin Builds a House," and "Moomin and the Comet." Written in comic strip form, but telling longer stories (most made up of 60–80 strips), the work introduces readers to many of the inhabitants of Moominvalley as the various stories unfold. The artwork and storytelling are sublime; concrete enough to appeal to children with a sophisticated wink that will grab teens and adult readers. The book's introduction gives a brief overview of the history of Jansson's comics as well as several testimonials written by current cartoonists on how influential her books were to them growing up, while back matter consists of original character studies for stories included in this collection. Recommended for libraries that have not already purchased the previously published individual volumes of the Moomin comics (Drawn & Quarterly).—Eva Volin, Alameda Free Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770461710
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Edition description:
Slipcased Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
322,858
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 12.60(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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