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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My (The)
by Tove Jansson
Age Range: 6-8
The Moomin books are already contemporary classics of children’s literature and these two sumptuous picture book versions of Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories are a total joy.
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My follows little Moomintrol as he walks alone through the dark woods hurrying home with milk for his mother. Along the way he meets Mymble who is very upset because she has lost her sister, Little My. As they search in the forest for Little My they encounter strange and terrifying creatures.
Sophie Hannah's translation is witty and poetic and they are vividly brought to life by the glorious highly original illustrations that are full of vibrancy and colour. The sophisticated novelty design of the cut-through hole pages together with the rhyming narrative succeeds in bringing these tales alive. The Typography, design, illustration and musical text succeed in making them a memorable reading experience that children and grown-ups will want to revisit again and again.