The Moomins and the Great Flood

“What sort of thing are you?” asked the little creature.

“I’m a moomintroll,” answered Moomintroll,
who had had time to feel brave again. “And
this is my mother…”

And so, for the very first time, we meet the young Moomin, Moominmamma and Sniff as they search through forest and flood for long lost Moominpappa, last seen wandering with the Hattifatteners. Along the way, in a series of delightful adventures, they encounter Hemulens, stranded kittens and the blue-haired Tulippa.

The Moomins and the Great Flood was the original Moomin story, published in Finland in 1945. A rediscovered gem, it offers an extraordinary glimpse into Tove Jansson’s unique vision, featuring beautiful sepia watercolours as well as the pen and ink drawings that would become her trademark.

64pp Deluxe Hardback : £9.99
ISBN: 978-1908745132

Who Will Comfort Toffle?

 

“In a children’s book there must be a path where the author stands still and the child walks on. A threat or a wonder that is never explained. A face that never shows itself entire.” Tove Jansson

Following the success of Tove Jansson’s children’s classic, The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, Sort Of Books is delighted to present her equally magic and universally appealing story of Toffle, a lonely, timid creature’s journey in search of friendship and confidence.

Who Will Comfort Toffle?: a tale of Moomin Valley sees Toffle driven from his home by the frightening noises of the forest. Too shy at first to approach the many colourful Moomin characters he passes along the way, he gains confidence by discovering a scared and lonely Miffle who needs his help. Toffle’s quest to save Miffle from the dreadful Groke is an inspiring tale that every child (and many adults) are sure to identify with. In Scandinavia, this is one of the most popular of Tove Jansson’s books and in the 43 years since first publication it has never once been out of print.

Sophie Hannah, one of England’s most renowned and popular rhyming poets, has written a sensitive and gloriously entertaining adaptation of the text – the perfect match for Jansson’s quirky illustrations.

 

32pp full colour illustrated hardback : £9.99
ISBN: 978-0953522798

The Dangerous Journey

A delightful picture book in rhyme that offers the very last glimpse of Moomin Valley as drawn by Jansson herself.

 

A little girl is transported with the help of magic glasses from the tedium of a summer afternoon into an exciting world of mangrove swamps, spluttering volcanoes and sea, where birds fly upside down and wild things threaten to pounce. But she is not alone. Old friends from Moomin Valley – Hemulen, Sniff, Snufkin, Thingummy & Bob – have joined her in her journey, and Tooticky too, who rides to their rescue in a stripey balloon.

And who should be waiting to celebrate their safe landing? Why, Moomin of course.

This brand new version of a classic book pairs Jansson’s irresistible artwork with a playful rhyming text by Sophie Hannah, one of Britain’s star poets, and calligraphy by Peter Blegvad: the perfect match for Jansson’s quirky illustrations.

 

 

32pp full colour illustrated hardback : £9.99
ISBN: 978-0954899592

The Book about Moomin,
Mymble and Little My

Stop press!  Sort Of has just published the first ever Moomins app, based on The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My.

Finnish artist Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories have been continually in print for more than half a century, in 35 languages. They are among Europe’s best loved and enduring children’s classics, and through the current TV animation (BBC2), the warm-hearted, whimsical creatures of Moomin valley have been brought to a new younger British audience.

Sort Of Books are proud to present the original full colour Moomin picture book with its irresistible cut-out page designs and playful rhyming text in a new version by one of Britain’s star poets, Sophie Hannah.

 

28pp Full colour hardback with cut-out pages : £9.99
ISBN: 978-0953522743