the Finn Family Moomintroll books by Tove Jansson years and years ago, and fell hard for them. Moominland Midwinter is one of my top ten books of all time. But I was always vaguely confused as to which book counted as the first in the series...because there was a reference to a book that didn't exist, that came before all the published adventures.
Finally my confusion will end. There will be a clear first book.
Shamelessly quoting the whole press release from the Guardian:
Jansson's first ever Moomins book, a quest to find the lost Moominpappa
which has never been published in the UK before, is set for release
Written in 1945, The Moomins and the Great
Flood sees Jansson using a mix of sepia washes and pen and ink line
drawings to tell the story of Moominmamma and young Moomintroll's hunt
for the long lost Moominpappa "through forest and flood". On the way,
they meet a little creature – an early version of Sniff – and what
publisher Sort Of Books described as "the elegantly strange Tulippa".
translation, by David McDuff, was published in Finland in 2008, but
will be released in the UK for the first time on 1 November. "We delayed
the UK publication as we wanted to launch it in the approach to Tove
Jansson's centenary year (2014) and did our best to make it a lovely
possession," said publisher Natania Jansz. "I now wish we had similar
works for all our great children's titles – the earliest Pooh, or Alice.
It offers such a fascinating insight into the creative process."
called the book "a revelation … showing how Jansson's ideas and
artworks evolved as she developed the Moomin themes and series".
in the dark days of war – and as an escape from them – she uses a
mixture of beautiful sepia and ink washes and pen and ink line drawing,"
she said. "It would take another decade before the Moomins could burst
into full colour with The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My." "
I am so there.
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.