A post about Moomins has been on the ‘blog list’ for months but there is very little that can be said that hasn’t already been explored, stated, analysed or questioned about these creatures invented by Tove Jansson. We love Moomins and always have since childhood although our introduction to these creatures was through different media – the original books and for Benjamin the television animation during his 80’s childhood. But as we moved a pile of books across TheBigForest hut we looked afresh at the covers of our Moomin paperbacks from the 70’s and decided they should be shared.
The Moomins inspire our own work because at first glance the books are for kids but a closer reading of the narratives show they are really for adults exploring more complex stories – like some of our artist bears.
The cover illustrations are by Tove Jansson and if you want to find our more about her life and work see the wonderful BBC documentary here x (I think this link will only work for our UK readers but I may be wrong!)