SORT OF BOOKS Proudly presents Tove Jansson’s MOOMIN novels
Special Collector’s Hardback Editions Lovingly Restored to Original Designs
“These are the handsomest books in my whole library…a continuing masterpiece of publishing!” Philip Pullman
Sort of Books have produced beautiful collector’s editions of all eight of the classic, and world famous, original Moomin novels. The first four were published in October 2017and we have just added two glorious summer titles, Moominsummer Madness and Moominpappa at Sea, out in June 2018. With a final flourish, we complete the stunning collection in October 2018 with Tales from Moominvalley, and the elegiac and deeply moving, Moominvalley in November.
Special features include original 50s and 60s cover artworks, fold out maps and gorgeous endpapers. We’d challenge a hemulen to pay more attention to the details – even the fonts are as close as possible to those used in the 50s. Images have been rescanned from the archives and careful revisions and special touches made by Tove, such as tiny running head commentaries on each page, are included for the first time.
These are titles that will transport grown-up Moomin fans to the books they read in childhood, and provide the perfect gift for readers aged 7 to 107.
These timeless stories with their love of nature, kindness, inclusiveness and a respect for the freedom and creativity of others, have a unique and enduring appeal.
“Tove Jansson is one of the greatest children’s writers there has ever been.” Sir Terry Pratchett
“I have long been a passionate Moomin appreciator – it’s not just Tove Jansson’s wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design.” Lauren Child
“Finn Family Moomintroll was part of what had made me a writer.”
“I was utterly blown away by Moominland Midwinter as a child. It transported me to an icy, magical world.” Maggie O’Farrell
“One of the greatest gifts a children’s book can give you is to add future nostalgia to the small pleasures that will get you through the hard times when you’re older.” Frank Cottrell Boyce
Some interesting links:
Tove Jansson.com has informative photo galleries on Tove’s art, family, studio and her summer island home of Klovharu.
A new Moomin Museum opened in Tampere, Finland, in 2017, displaying the huge archive of drawings and models Tove left to the city.
Moomin.com is a fun site with news and information on all matters Moomin – and an online shop for everything Moomin.