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Christmas comes to MoominValley

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Jansson, Tove ; Haridi, Alex ; Davidsson, Cecilia

A beautiful picture book to treasure, lavishly embossed and foiled, Christmas Comes to Moominvalley is the perfect gift for Moomin fans of all ages.

Everyone is welcome in Moominvalley - especially at Christmas. A beautiful, collectible and classic hardback picture book, lavishly embossed and foiled, Christmas Comes to Moominvalley is the perfect gift for Moomin fans of all ages.

This is an exquisitely illustrated re-telling of Tove Jansson's classic story The Fir Tree, in which the kindly Moomins are woken up from their winter sleep to be told that 'Christmas' is coming. The only trouble is, the puzzled Moomins have no idea who, or what 'Christmas' is . .

Simple and sensitively adapted text, paired with detailed illustrations based on the original drawings and colour plates, perfectly capture Tove Jansson's perceptive and original voice. Christmas Comes to Moominvalley introduces a new generation of readers to the loveable Moomin cast and their special values of tolerance, kindness and integrity, as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki to artist parents. She was to become a celebrated artist, political cartoonist and author, but she is best known as the creator of the Moomins, one of the most successful and beloved children's book series ever written. Inspired by summers spent on the islands off Finland and Sweden, Tove created the unique world of Moominvalley and all its inhabitants. The Moomins and The Great Flood, her first book to feature the Moomins, was published in 1945. Tove went on to publish twelve Moomin books between 1945 and 1977, which have sold millions and been translated into over forty languages. In the 1950s, the Moomins became a successful cartoon strip, which was to feature in newspapers all over the world. As the Moomins' fame grew, they began to appear in television series, plays, films, and a varied merchandise program soon followed. Tove also painted throughout her life and wrote novels and short stories, including the acclaimed Summer Book. But the Moomin world was never far away. As Tove said, "You feel a cold wind on your legs when you step outside Moomin Valley." In 1966, Tove received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Alex Haridi is an author and screenwriter living in Stockholm.

Cecilia Davidsson is a novelist and children's book author. She lives in Vaxholm, Sweden.

Filippa Widlund is a Swedish author, illustrator and cartoonist.

Hardcover, 40 pages. 7.89 x 10.42".

MacMillan, 2019.