Macmillan Children's Books will launch The World of Moomin Valley, a definitive guide to the world of the beloved Swedish mythology on October 19th 2017.
This gift book gives a unique new perspective on the magical world of Tove Jansson and the Moomins and will contain original illustrations and rarely seen material from the celebrated Moomin archive in Finland. The book is written by bestselling author and lifelong Moomin fan, Philip Ardagh with a foreword and chapter by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. The high-spec design continues the Macmillan tradition for publishing gift editions with the highest production values.
The new book is part of the publishing partnership brokered between Rights and Brands and Caroline Mickler Ltd, and Stephanie Barton, Publisher 0-6, Macmillan Children’s Books which includes world rights for new Moomin gift titles. Macmillan’s first title, The Moomin Colouring Book, was published in February 2016 and rights have so far sold in 13 languages, followed by The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book in November 2016.
“We are so thrilled to introduce this first guide to the characters of Moominvalley, which celebrates Tove Jansson’s unique and wonderful world" commented Stephanie Barton, publisher at Macmillan Children's Books.
"This funny, insightful and gorgeous new book is the ultimate Moomin experience: an ideal gift for Moomin-lovers of all ages and as an introduction for a whole new audience.”
"To work on such a comprehensive book about the Moomins, Snufkin, Little My and friends, with access to such amazing source material from Tove Jansson’s archive, is a dream come true," added author Philip Ardagh.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to explore the characters and stories themselves, along with the remarkable illustrations. Part reference book, part coffee-table tome, this is one I’d want to own. It’s an undeniably proud moment for me, and I await the jealous glances from fellow Moomin-loving authors, of whom there are, of course, many. I really hope we've created a fitting tribute to Tove Jansson’s truly unique books.”