Moominvalley in November
Tove Jansson

Moominvalley in November

In the ‘difficult’ final Moomin novel, Tove Jansson takes the audacious step of entirely excising her core cast, focusing instead on a disparate group visitors who gather at the family’s home, but find them missing. It was a move that didn’t exactly go down well with readers at the time: Moominvalley in November was anticipated … Continue reading

The Fir Tree – Christmas Comes to Moominvalley
Advent Calendar / Tove Jansson

The Fir Tree – Christmas Comes to Moominvalley

The Moomins aren’t a naturally Christmassy species. They prefer to spend their winters tucked behind an old boiler, or huddled together in their drawing room. You wouldn’t have thought the irascible Hemulens would have much truck with the celebration either, other than to give them something else to get cross about. But in The Fir … Continue reading

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Karl James Mountford & Maudie Powell-Tuck
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Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Karl James Mountford & Maudie Powell-Tuck

If anyone has helped shape the look of children’s books over the last couple of years it’s Karl James Mountfield. His covers and illustrations for books including M.G. Leonard’s Beetle Queen, Jennifer Bell’s the Uncommoners and Katherine Woodfine’s Sinclair Mysteries have all leapt off the bookshelves and into the bestseller’s lists. Now Mountford has teamed … Continue reading

Here be Dragons
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Here be Dragons

I’m having a big dragon-fest at work recently, which has given me a good excuse to trawl some of my favourite picture book beasties, plus some brand new ones. In the 1960s Tove Jansson, best known for creating her very own Moomin shaped folk legends, turned her hand to illustrating some British children’s classics including … Continue reading