There can be no doubt that the world of Moomin created by Tove Jansson is entrancing and beautifully illustrated. It has been 65 years since the Moomintrolls made their debut. In that time they have become worldwide favourites and one of Finland’s greatest exports. To celebrate, a series of new Moomin books has been released using original artwork.
The set of board books, activity books and stories is specifically designed to introduce the Moomins to young children. We were sent the first six books to check out and from the moment the package was opened Milla claimed them as her own. There are three board books: Moomin’s Lift-the-flap Hide and Seek, Moomin’s Little Book of Words and Moomin’s Little Book of Numbers each of which are a Moomin twist on these traditional toddler books. There are two activity books: Moomin’s Splendid Summer Sticker Book and Moomin’s Brilliantly Busy Colouring Book which incorporate sticking and colouring respectively into a simple story. There is also a story book, Moomin and the Birthday Button which is one of those stories when everyone seems to have forgotten a birthday. All of the books are of exceptional quality and the colours are stunning. As for introducing the Moomintrolls to young children, if mine are anything to go by you’ll be heading out to add to your Moomin collection before long – they love them.
There are an absolute wealth of Moomin stories and comic strips from Tove Jansson and these are a lovely way to begin your collection.