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Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip - Book One: 1 [Hardcover]

Tove Jansson
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1 Dec 2006 Moomin (Book 1)
The enchanting comic strip that introduced adult readers to the wonderful world of Moomin

Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of the world's largest newspaper, the "London Evening News, "in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in forty countries. "Moomin Book One "is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly's publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reins to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.

The Moomins are a tight-knit family-hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or on rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson's Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson's observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894937805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894937801
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 22.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TOVE JANSSON (1914-2001) is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated Moomin chapter books.

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'Moomin: The Complete Comic Strip, Volume 1, by Tove Jansson & Fair Play, by Tove Jansson, trans. Thomas Teal. To write fiction well for children and for the child in all adults takes a variety of gifts, among them directness and lucidity with words and emotions, and the courage to keep them clean of pretence. This becomes especially true when crafting illustrated stories, where pictures as well as words do the telling and both need to enhance each other. For those who have delighted in the depths which Tove Jansson achieved through her beloved Moomin tales, these two books reveal how, throughout her life, she refined her narrative skills, first for her comics, and then for her adult novels.' The Independent/Friday 3 August 2007 --The Independent: Friday 3 August 2007

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'Ecole 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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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Magnificent Moomins 3 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover
If you don't know the Moomin comic strips - originally created for the London Standard in the 1950's - then this is a treat. Tove Jansson's quiet and quirky observations of life, as represented by the eccentric Moomins are every bit as endearing here as in the full length books. The strips were a huge success, continuing into the '70's when her brother, Lars took over. Only one annual was ever published in Britain (in the fifties) and it is wonderful to at last have these wonderful strips revived for all to enjoy.

Tove's independant view of life, her fiercely non-capitalistic stance and pacifist tendancies all shine through these bizarre, unexpected and utterly individual stories, which see the "De Moomins" mixing with film stars on the Riviera (including "the great little Audrey Glamour") and transforming old ladies into randy young men, with magic potions! Hers was a unique talent and these glorious strips are in the ame class as Herge's Tintin, or the Peanuts strips.

Her economy of line and brilliantly understated humour are quite remarkable and the production of this book is a real class act. Just the drawings are worth the purchase price alone. Drawn and Quarterly are to be congratulated for a beautifully put together volume - the first of several - not showy or ostentatious, but lavish and discreetly handsome, as befitting the glorious delights within. It is utterly unmissable - and another magnificent side of the work of this quiet genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finland's Finest 21 Feb 2007
By Rotgut VINE VOICE
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If, like me, you have loved the Moomin family since childhood, you will have read all the quirky, unique books in the series, many , many times. If so, you may be surprised to find, as I was, that these comic strips exist, and allow us an unexpected opportunity to re-enter the world of Moominvalley.

In a way comics are the ideal medium for Tove Jannson, the illustrations to her Moomin series are as fine as the effortlessly brilliant stories. Her sense of fun and rather unworldly viewpoint are showcased in these strips as well as her beautiful artwork.

Having said all that, these strips perhaps lack the shade of gloomy darkness that make the Moomin series of books so memorable, "Moominvalley in November", for example, is almost bleak in outlook. Also, the characters are all slightly different from in the books, which is a bit distracting at times.

Even so, these collected newspaper strips are a hugely welcome addition to any Moomin fan's library.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moomins All 1 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Moomins were written and illustrated by Tove Jansson, a classic bohemian figure, who lived for much of her life on a small island in Finland, from where much of the inspiration for these quietly surreal strips came from. The stories are full of delicate and poignant observations of life, much like her adult prose, and sing with a homespun, joyous wisdom.

The moomins themselves are curious, wonderful, often confused, upside down, and surprising emotional. Each character is rich and full, despite the miniature nature of the format: very little text, and small, often sparsely detailed, economic illustrations. Janson managed to pack so much of everything into these strips, and incredibly, each individually published small strip is successful in its own right, away from the larger arcs of the story; something which seems to get even better as she gained experience of working in this way.

Ostensibly, you might think these stories are for children, like the moomin books, however, they were acually made for adult publication and where circulated in newspapers in over 40 countries through out the world. Children from perhaps 7 years old (perhaps even younger) could certainly get a great deal from them, not least the fabulous adventures of Moomin himself, or the funny auxilary character like Sniff (who just seems to think of money and fame), and Stink (who seems equally cynical).

I came at these strips after having read Janssons adult fiction, namely The Winter Book and The Summer Book, where she quickly established herself as one of my favourite authors, and with some familiarity with the Moomins cartoon. I was not disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moomin Comic Strip Book 1 16 April 2012
By TC
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First off I was very impressed when I took this out the packaging - it has a cloth cover which is great, makes the book seems more expensive! Very good quality paper and great drawing. The stories within are very sweet and sometimes amusing. Great introduction to Moominland. There are some odd names for characters but at the same time funny. This is a great present for any adult or child and I will be buying mroe of these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 11 Jan 2014
By kate
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have just got into Moomin and figured a book was a good place to start my collection and what a fantastic book it is too! Much bigger and better than i had expected with exquisite drawings to top it all off. Well done Tove! Am already planning to buy Book 2! Best buy in a long time.
(arrived very quickly thanks to Amazon Prime aswell :) )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful product 12 Nov 2013
By Emzles
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This book arrived promptly and is beautifully designed, full of Jansson's delightful characters which prompted a great deal of nostalgia for me and the book has enchanted my 4 year old niece who loves the detail in all of the strips and the simple, personable stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mooins are awesome. A must for Moomin fans
Mooins are awesome. A must for Moomin fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book
A great book if you are a comic strip fan and also if you are a fan of the Moomins. Tove Jansson was a consummate graphic artist and the succinct and spare use of line and tone... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr M Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The classic moomin was never toddler friendly, it was never meant to be. I love this and even in English it is like the original.
Published 6 months ago by cat
5.0 out of 5 stars LOvely book and best price available for it.
It was a surprisingly quick delivery and I am pleased with it. The only thing I would say is that there is a little stain on the front of my book, but fine as book is still as new... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christine Grossrieder
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic
A firm favourite with my daughter . We both enjoyed the lovely illustrations and the stories are funny. We would like the next one too!
Published 7 months ago by mousiemcp
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality and great story
if you love the moomins you need to get this edition. great cover and great pictures inside. You wont regret it
Published 11 months ago by S. Bonito
5.0 out of 5 stars great, thank you!
A wonderful classic, lovely binding. My children love the books. Beautiful books to collect, highly recommend. Book 1 of a series of Moomin stories.
Published 14 months ago by Katia Viegas Wesolowska
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent was every thing I hoped it would be.
Excellent was every thing I hoped it would be, had high quality paper and was beautifully bound. This is what books should be like.
Published 14 months ago by N Hexter
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful Moomin story, perfectly presented in hardback with good quality paper. A real collector's item! Am going to buy part 2.
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