Out on 22 August 2024

The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley

Macmillan Adult's Books

Macmillan Children's Books

Tove Jansson

Philip Ardagh

Illustrated by Tove Jansson

Ages 5 to 11
22 August 2024
400 pages


A showstopping luxury gift book to cherish for years to come, The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley is the ultimate guide for any Moomin fan, old and new – now updated with new and special content to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Moomins!

Step into the magical world of Moominvalley with this beautiful one-of-a-kind book; a fun, fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful world of the Moomins and their creator, Tove Jansson.

Filled with illustrated maps and family trees, as well as facts about Moomintroll behaviour and habits, this gorgeous book contains all you could wish to know about the beloved characters from the original Moomin stories and the world in which they live. Find out all about Moomintroll's adventures, Moominmamma's handbag and Moominpappa's memoirs, and then discover all your favourite Moomin characters, including Snork Maiden, Snufkin, Sniff and Little My.

This special edition, updated for the anniversary year, features a detailed history of the Moomin canon, expanded to include everything from the novels and picture books, to the popular comic strips. Glimpse behind the studio door of the uniquely talented Tove Jansson and see original Moomin drawings, a visual timeline of the artistic evolution of Tove's titular characters from first sketch to final novel, colour studies and stunning sketches, as well as family photographs and Tove's childhood drawings. Moomin fans will delight in embarking on a global tour of the Moomins, exploring theme parks in Japan and museums in Finland, before perusing gorgeous images of exclusive collectors' items.

With a luxuriously designed cover featuring gold foil, this breathtaking hardback is the perfect addition to the collection of any Moomin fan.

Written by the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Philip Ardagh, with contributions from bestselling children's author, screenwriter and Moomin devotee, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley is a highly illustrated, beautifully designed gift book for all Moomin fans to treasure.

Bound in celestial blue and gold, featuring a foreword by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Tove Jansson’s glorious illustrations throughout, Ardagh’s weighty, witty, carefully curated guide to the Moomins, their friends, their philosophies and their habitats – as well as the life of their mysterious creator – offers hours of browsing to aficionados young and old.
A whopping, beautifully illustrated guide.