Time Picks Moomin for Ten Best of 2006

TIME Review - Moomin Book One    |    TIME Staff    |    December 17, 2006

Tove Jansson, Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip
Finland's Jansson started writing books about the hippo-like Moomins in 1946, but their first appearance in English was as a comic strip that ran in the London Evening News between 1953 and 1958. It was syndicated then, but has never been published since — until now. In the comic strip, the Moomin family strays far from the tranquil charms of Moominvalley: on the French Riviera, Moominpappa gets drunk and Moomin's sweetheart, the Snork Maiden, is seduced by a toothy film star. But then the hattifatteners appear — mute, sock-like animals that grow from seeds and chase after electric storms. There's the discovery of a chestful of swearwords (they have legs) and, at one point, the gentle Moomin is forced by hunger to kill and roast a wild pig. Here is where Jansson's weird but true world begins; where fear, loneliness and insecurity are banished by love and the force of imagination. — By Michael Brunton

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