Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Elizabeth Portch

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books. 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.

Books by the Author

Comet in Moominland
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Comet in Moominland

Moomins

Written and illustrated by Tove Jansson; Translated by Elizabeth Portch
Square Fish
Square Fish

Forebodings about a star with a tail lead Moomintroll and his friend Sniff on a quest to a mountain observatory, but the real adventure begins when they learn a comet is headed for earth.

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Finn Family Moomintroll
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Finn Family Moomintroll

Moomins

Written and illustrated by Tove Jansson; Translated by Elizabeth Portch
Square Fish
Square Fish

Springtime arrives in Moominvalley, along with a shiny magic top hat that Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and Sniff discover can turn anything—or anyone—into something else!

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