Tuesday, July 6, 2010

'Moomins - a family affair'

For all fans of the irrepressible Moomins, there was a marvellous article in Saturday's family section of The Guardian. The Moomins turn 65 this year and their welfare is now in the clearly capable hands of  Sophia Jansson, niece of their brilliant creator, author Tove Jansson. Sophia talks about the Moomins, their creation and the inspiration behind them, as well as the 'mixed blessing' of receiving such a rich inheritence and growing up in a family of artists, all with very strong personalities under unusual circumstances. It is down to Sophia now to protect the artisic integrity of the family firm Oy Moomin Characters.
Puffin has been reissuing the Moomin books, now all out in print again, and with some new additions - picture books and board books for the very young in which the Moomins learn about colours, numbers, etc. I'm a huge fan of the Moomins, myself; and I'm delighted to report that this love has spread to my grandchildren. I'm also very grateful that they get to experience the Moomins as they were meant to be. Just Moomins.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/03/moomins-tove-jansson-sophia

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