The Finn Family Moomintroll is a delightful series of children’s books by the late Finnish author Tove Jansson and Montreal publisher Drawn & Quarterly has produced a gorgeous new volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip - Book One, the first of an expected series of five. The comics are taken from those Janssen created for the London Evening News from 1953-60 and this edition makes an ideal companion treasury to the classic paperbacks. The adventures take place in a Nordic valley populated by the Moomin family, a group of round, hippo-like characters who are kind and eccentric and the odd creatures that are part of their lives. Although these are children’s books, the gentle wit and sometimes bizarre tales do lend themselves well to the right sort of quirky adult. If nothing else, the pictures are fabulous.
Hardcover, 96 pages. Drawn and Quarterly, 2006. $13.57 at Amazon.