Tove Jansson's 'The Moomins and the Great Flood' was her first book about Moomins, originally published in Swedish in 1945. It has only been translated into English since 2005 and now, lovingly, by Sort Of Books in 2012.
Told simply yet magically in just 46 pages, Moominmamma and Moomintroll are searching for Moominpappa and a warm place to live before winter arrives. Along their adventurous way they meet a host of characters; a 'little creature' (a precursor to Sniff), the Great Serpent, blue-haired Tulippa, an 'old gentleman' (who may have inspired Roald Dahl!!!), an ant-lion, the Hattifatteners, mermaids, sea-trolls, a red-haired boy, a mother cat and her kittens, a hemulen, a marabou stork and angler fish.
It's interesting to see that 'Sniff' bears some resemblance in character to that shown in later books; a little timid and a lover of things that glitter!
The book itself looks similar in style to Sort Of Books' other Moomin titles; 'The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My','Who Will Comfort Toffle' and 'The Dangerous Journey'. It's lovingly produced with the author's trademark pen and ink drawings and sepia watercolurs which are more ethereal in style. Also featured is a preface from the author written in 1991 and a little history of about her.
A real gem of a book!