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    Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:32

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    The Moomins are coming! Tove Jansson's cuddly Finnish trolls have experienced a surge of popularity lately, popping up in textiles, ceramics and toy shops around the world. But best of all, they have been appearing in new books.

    blog imageThe Moomin chapter books were first published between 1946 and 1970 -- originally in Jansson's native Swedish, with English editions appearing soon afterwards. Comet in Moominland is often seen as the first Moomin book, introducing the world to Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and the Snork Maiden. But really another Moomin story came first: Tove Jansson wrote Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen (The Moomins and the Great Flood) in 1945, but it was never published in English outside Scandinavia -- until now!

    The wonderful people at Sort Of Books have been digging up Moomin picture book gems over the last few years, starting with The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, then Who Will Comfort Toffle? and finally The Dangerous Journey in 2010. And they've now brought the world an English translation of The Moomins and the Great Flood, in a beautiful hardback edition complete with original line drawings and sepia tints.

    blog imageThe Great Flood is a forerunner to the 8-book Moomin series, telling the tale of Moomintroll and Moominmamma venturing across strange lands in search of Moominpappa, taken to sea by the marauding Hattifatteners. It shares the same fantastical tone as Finn Family Moomintroll, with the Moomins discovering chocolate trees and marzipan pebbles, bespectacled storks and water serpents... and ultimately a very happy ending in Moominvalley.

    Image (c)Tove Jansson/Oy Moomin Characters Ltd

    Many of the ideas here are fleshed out in the later books; Sniff's love of jewels, the floating theatre adventures of Moominsummer Madness, and the childhood exploits of Moominpappa. It gives a lovely insight into the development of the Tove Jansson's ideas and artwork, and will be loved by any fan of the Moomins.

    With thanks to Sort Of Books, we are offering one lucky winner a Moomins box of goodies including:

    - The Moomins and the Great Flood

    - The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

    - The Dangerous Journey

    - Who Will Comfort Toffle?

    - a lovely Moomins mug from Arabia ceramics

    A runner-up will receive all three hardback Moomin picture books.

    Just answer the simple question below by Thursday 13 December, midnight GMT to be in with a chance to win.

    Update -- winner: Thomas Claes

    Runner-up: Melissa Jane Turner

    Competition now closed

    Posted by Ben Elliss Ben Elliss

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    1. Kenneth Taylor's avatar Kenneth Taylor

      I have 11 grandchildren, they will love them when they visit.

      Posted Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:14
    2. Danniele Sikanen's avatar Danniele Sikanen

      My grandma used to buy me Moomin videos from Finland to watch when I was growing up, I used to love it! Awesome give-away!

      Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:52
    3. chen shapira's avatar chen shapira

      My partner adores and collects items of Moomin and also is celebrating her birthday on 25 December, it will be the greatest birthday + Christmas gift!!

      Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:42
    4. Nina Watkins's avatar Nina Watkins

      These will make a lovely present for my nephew James! Thank you!

      Posted Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:29
    5. Jane Hadley's avatar Jane Hadley

      lol....if I win, these will be great to read to future grandchildren!!

      Posted Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:02
    6. Alpana Bhattacharya's avatar Alpana Bhattacharya

      Love the books

      Posted Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:30
    7. jodi peacock's avatar jodi peacock

      awesome thanx

      Posted Mon, 10 Dec 2012 06:17
    8. marla bryan's avatar marla bryan

      As a child every time I read Tove Jansen's Moomin stories I entered a magical world where Finnish forests towered over me and who knew what creature I might encounter. Fortunately, I fell in love with a man who loves to read me the stories and the magic is still there! Wonderful....

      Posted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:25
    9. Paula Griffin's avatar Paula Griffin

      Wonderful memories of these books from my childhood, which made an impression as the most "grown-up" ones I had read at the time. Revisiting them in later life you find so many depths to them that you realise they are not really childish books at all but a great insight into the Finnish psyche.

      Posted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:17
    10. Sarkku Vilpas's avatar Sarkku Vilpas

      Very nice! I translated the book to English for my brother-in-law perhaps 10 years ago after it was first translated to Finnish. I'm a lucky one as my parents have read Moomin books for me and my sister and brother already in 60's and 70's; we are Finns. :-)

      Posted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:40
    11. Scott Crawford's avatar Scott Crawford

      I have fond memories of these. They are the earliest books I remember borrowing from the school library as a nine year old and reading independently. (Particularly I remember Comet in Moominland.) The only one I now have is Moominpappa at sea (not listed above). I fiercely reject any comparisons between my mother and The Groke although my daughters may have had Little My hairstyles occasionally.

      Posted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:37
    12. Margaret Connelly's avatar Margaret Connelly

      These beautiful Moomin books would be perfect for Nanna (that's me!) to read to her grandchildren - Winning Moomins by Tove Jansson Would be good luck indeed So I'll take my chance on winning And buy if I don't succeed!

      Posted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:46
    13. Susan Fuller's avatar Susan Fuller

      My little boy would absolutely love these imaginative stories, please please send the Moomins "Down Under" xx

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 23:28
    14. Suzanne Phillips's avatar Suzanne Phillips

      I ''love'' the Moomins! And so does my nearly four year old daughter too! :)

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:31
    15. Suzanne Phillips's avatar Suzanne Phillips


      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:30
    16. Wendy Ann Mansilla's avatar Wendy Ann Mansilla

      I love Tove Jansson`s book!

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:48
    17. Ioana Bularca's avatar Ioana Bularca

      would be a great gift for my niece

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:33
    18. Caoimhe's avatar Caoimhe

      Suddenly I'm six years old again

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:56
    19. Tim Alexander's avatar Tim Alexander

      There were those that called me Moomin years ago. Love them!

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:06
    20. Natalia Álvarez González's avatar Natalia Álvarez González

      Wonderful! Moomins are such a nice creation.

      Posted Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:47
    21. Dawn Broekman-Brown's avatar Dawn Broekman-Brown

      My Sister LOVED the moomins what a great chance to win some memories !

      Posted Wed, 05 Dec 2012 02:43
    22. Pauline's avatar Pauline

      A wonderful gift for a lucky young child

      Posted Sun, 02 Dec 2012 10:56
    23. Caroline Walsh's avatar Caroline Walsh

      Entering this comp for my autistic son, he was having lots of problems reading last year, but over the last 6 months, wow has he caught up.:) he just loves reading now, even wants to read his dads books.

      Posted Sat, 01 Dec 2012 16:42
    24. Yael Tsafrir's avatar Yael Tsafrir

      Wow! I'm thrilled. The Moomin books are my favourite of all times, and I can't wait to read the ones I never knew existed, and see some more original drawings! I hope I'll win this time!

      Posted Sat, 01 Dec 2012 08:39
    25. Nand Lall Daga's avatar Nand Lall Daga

      very nice opportunity

      Posted Sat, 01 Dec 2012 08:38

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