Finn Family Moomintroll

A Special Collectors’ Edition Moomin Hardback lovingly restored to its original stunning design.

Meet the Moomins in this world famous, much-loved children’s classic

The Moomins, in case you haven’t already met them, are kind, philosophical creatures with velvety fur and smooth round snouts, who live in a beautiful valley in a forest in Finland. They have the most natural way of turning friends into family – Moominmamma simply adds another plank to the table and builds a new bed. Moomins sleep through the winter, when the snow turns their house into a great snowball. But, when spring comes, they wake and clamber down rope ladders hanging from their windows, ready for a bright new adventure.

In Finn Family Moomintroll the discovery of the Hobgoblin’s hat leads to the most extraordinary magic and mayhem. Coupled with the arrival of Thingumy and Bob and their mysterious suitcase, the Moomins have never experienced anything quite like this before.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin story, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in 1945 though it was the next two books Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, that brought her worldwide fame. Initially published as Trollkarlens Hatt (The Hobgoblin’s Hat), the title was changed when it was chosen by the UK publisher Ernest Benn to introduce the series.

The Moomin books have since appeared in more than sixty languages and have remained in print for seventy years as new  generations of readers become enchanted by the characters, the gentle philosophy, adventurousness and fun of the stories and the timeless beauty of their illustrations.

A Sort Of Children’s Classic (age 7+)
Pub date: 5th Oct 2017
£10.99
ISBN: 978-1-908745-64-4

Moominland midwinter

Special Collectors’ Edition Moomin Hardback lovingly restored to its original stunning design.

Moomins sleep through the winter – or they did until the year Moomintroll woke up …

The Moomins, in case you didn’t know, are kind, philosophical creatures with velvety fur and smooth round snouts, who live in
a tall blue house in a beautiful woodland valley, beside the sea. They love the sunshine and sleep all through the winter months, waking up when spring arrives.

Except one year when Moomintroll accidentally awakes and nds himself stranded and alone in a mysterious world blanketed with snow. In Moominland Midwinter we follow Moomin as he overcomes his amazement and isolation and, with the help of the wise Too-ticky and the fearless Little My, begins to explore the glittering new landscape.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin story, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in 1945 though it was the next two books Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, that brought her worldwide fame. Moominland Midwinter, published in 1957, represented an important shift in her approach to creating children’s stories, asserting that children could cope with the full gamut of emotions, including moments of loneliness and isolation. As a result her books have been a source of comfort and inspiration to children and adults who have found themselves coping with new and unfamiliar situations. Tove credited her life-long partner Tuulikki Pietilä (the inspiration for the wise and able Too-ticky) for encouraging her towards greater emotional honesty and depth. 

The Moomin books have since appeared in more than sixty languages and have remained in print for seventy years as new  generations of readers become enchanted by the characters, the gentle philosophy, adventurousness and fun of the stories and the timeless beauty of their illustrations.

A Sort Of Children’s Classic (age 7+)
Pub date: 5th Oct 2017
£10.99
ISBN: 978-1-908745-66-8

Comet in Moominland

Special Collectors’ Edition Moomin Hardback lovingly restored to its original stunning design.

The Moomin series begins with the most thrilling adventure of all …

The Moomins, in case you didn’t know, are kind, philosophical creatures with velvety fur and smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house in a beautiful woodland valley, beside the sea.

When mysterious signs start to appear of a strange star with a tail, young Moomintroll and his friend Sniff set off to consult the professors in the distant Lonely Mountains. Their journey is packed with adventures which they share with new friends they meet on the way – Snufkin, the carefree wanderer, the fascinating Snorkmaiden, and her brother the Snork. They discover that a ery comet is heading straight for their beloved Moominvalley. But can they race home before the comet crashes?

‘Tove Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults.’ Philip Pullman

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin story, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in 1945 as a form of escape from the dark shadows of war. The publication of Comet in Moominland, introducing readers to the much loved Snufkin, Snork and the Snorkmaiden, launched the world famous series of Moomin novels. These eight titles would be translated into over 50 languages and remain in print for over six decades.

A Sort Of Children’s Classic (age 7+)
Pub date: Oct 5th 2017 £10.99 176 pp. Cut down B format hdbk with jacket
ISBN: 978-1-908745-65-1

The Memoirs of Moominpappa

A Special Collectors’ Edition Moomin Hardback lovingly restored to its original stunning design.

One cold and windy autumn evening many years ago a newspaper parcel was found on the doorstep of the Home for Moomin Foundlings. In that parcel I lay, quite small and shivering with cold.”

So begins Moominpappa’s remarkable Memoirs, written to delight his son Moomintroll and friends. What emerges
is a story about storytelling itself as one fabulous tale follows another, and not
just about Moominpappa but Sniff and Snufkin’s fathers too – the rather muddled Muddler and the carefree Joxter. Add to this mix the genius inventor Hodgkins, and a grand finale in which Moominpappa rescues a shipwrecked Moominmamma from the waves, and the fun becomes irresistible.

The Memoirs of Moominpappa, which Tove Jansson rewrote from the original Exploits of Moominpappa, is published for the first time in the UK in this Collector’s Edition.

The Memoirs of Moominpappa, was first published in the UK in 1950 under the title, The Exploits of Moominpapa. In the early 1960s Tove Jansson substantially revised this text, redrawing pictures and reinstating her preferred title. This is the very first time the revised edition has become available in the UK.

A Sort Of Children’s Classic (age 7+)
Pub date: 5th Oct 2017
£10.99
ISBN: 978-1-908745-67-5

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