Tove Jansson


Born
in Helsinki, Finland
August 09, 1914

Died
June 27, 2001

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Tove Jansson was born and died in Helsinki, Finland. As a Finnish citizen whose mother tongue was Swedish, she was part of the Swedish-speaking Finns minority. Thus, all her books were originally written in Swedish.

Although known first and foremost as an author, Tove Jansson considered her careers as author and painter to be of equal importance.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945), during World War II. She said later that the war had depressed her, and she had wanted to write something naive and innocent. Besides the Moomin novels and short stories, Tove Jansson also wrote and illustrated four original and highly popular picture books.

Jansson's Moomin books have been translated in
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Average rating: 4.19 · 151,065 ratings · 11,406 reviews · 413 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Summer Book

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4.07 avg rating — 22,724 ratings — published 1972 — 107 editions
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The Moomins and the Great F...

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4.04 avg rating — 13,154 ratings — published 1945 — 64 editions
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Comet in Moominland (The Mo...

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4.20 avg rating — 14,342 ratings — published 1946 — 137 editions
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Finn Family Moomintroll (Th...

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4.30 avg rating — 12,477 ratings — published 1948 — 155 editions
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Moominland Midwinter (The M...

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4.41 avg rating — 10,231 ratings — published 1957 — 120 editions
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Moominsummer Madness (The M...

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4.30 avg rating — 9,166 ratings — published 1954 — 111 editions
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Moominpappa at Sea (The Moo...

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4.27 avg rating — 7,391 ratings — published 1965 — 102 editions
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Moomin: The Complete Tove J...

4.36 avg rating — 4,493 ratings — published 1977 — 26 editions
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Moominvalley in November (T...

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4.31 avg rating — 6,649 ratings — published 1970 — 90 editions
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Tales from Moominvalley (Th...

4.31 avg rating — 6,757 ratings — published 1962 — 112 editions
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More books by Tove Jansson…
The Moomins and the Great F... Comet in Moominland Finn Family Moomintroll Moominpappa's Memoirs Moominsummer Madness Moominland Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley
(20 books)
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4.25 avg rating — 87,650 ratings

Moomintroll and the End of ... Moomin and the Brigands Moomin and Family Life Moomin on the Riviera Moomin's Desert Island Moomin's Winter Follies Moominmamma's Maid
(76 books)
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4.32 avg rating — 12,387 ratings

Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Moomin: The Complete Tove J...
(11 books)
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4.34 avg rating — 9,461 ratings

The Book About Moomin, Mymb... Who Will Comfort Toffle? Den farliga resan The Unwanted Guest Den store mummiboka Muumilaakso juhlii 1 Muumilaakso juhlii
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4.33 avg rating — 5,924 ratings

Країна Мумі-тролів. Книга п... Країна Мумі-тролів. Книга д... Країна Мумі-тролів. Книга т...
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More series by Tove Jansson…
“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago
I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and
she answered that there were too many books and
far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.”
Tove Jansson

“I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream!”
Tove Jansson, Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1

“You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.”
Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley

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