Introduction to Moomin

Here you can find information about Tove Jansson’s Moomin books and some awesome activity pages and a coloring book! Play and learn with Moomin!

1945

Söderström & Co publishes the first Moomin story – The Moomins and the Great Flood – in Swedish. It is the story about Moominmamma’s and Moomintroll’ssearch for the missing Moominpappa and how they found their way to the Moominvalley.

1946

The second book, Comet In Moominland (Swedish title Kometjakten / Mumintrollet på kometjakt / Kometen kommer) is published. Comet in Moominland is often seen as first novel in the series as it introduces many of the main characters, like Snufkinand the Snorkmaiden, and is set in Moominvalley.

1948

Finn Family Moomintroll (original Swedish title Trollkarlens hatt, ‘The Magician’s Hat’), the third in the series of Tove Jansson’s Moomins books, is published. It owes its title in translation to the fact that it was the first Moomin book to be published in English, and was actually marketed as the first in the series until the 1980s. The 1961 English publication features a foreword “by Moominmamma“, where she explains the nature of Moomins for fear that English children may not have heard of them; she also apologises for her “rottn” English.

1950

The Exploits of Moominpappa is published. It is the fourth book in the Moomin series by Tove Jansson and it will be considerably revised in 1968 under the title Moominpappa’s Memoirs. The story found in this book is mentioned in the previous Moomin books, as Moominpappa writes his memoirs in those stories. Unlike Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, both versions of the novel were translated into English.

1952

The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My was the first Moomin picture book by Finnish author Tove Jansson, published in 1952 in Swedish. It is the first Moomin book to be adapted into an iPad app.Moomintroll is taking milk back home to his mother,Moominmamma when he meets The Mymble who is searching for her missing sister Little My. Together the pair go looking for her.

1954

Moominsummer Madness (Swedish title Farlig midsommar, ‘Dangerous Midsummer’), the fourth in the series of Tove Jansson’s Moomins books, is published. The major theme of the novel is that of theatre, described as an infuriating but ultimately rewarding process.

1957

Moominland Midwinter (Swedish title Trollvinter, Finnish title Taikatalvi), the fifth in the series of Tove Jansson’s Moomins books, is published. This book sees Jansson adopt a darker, more introspective tone compared to the earlier books that is continued in the remainder of the series. Often in the book Moomintrollis either lonely, miserable, angry or scared – the result of being forced to survive in a world to which he feels he does not belong. While preserving the charm of the previous novels, the story involves a more in-depth exploration of Moomintroll’s character than before.

1960

Who Will Comfort Toffle? is the second picture book in the Moomin series by Tove Jansson. It was first published in 1960. It was first translated into English by Kingsley Hart. The lonely Toffle leaves his home to look for friends, eventually finding the Miffle and rescuing her from The Groke.

1962

Tales from Moomin Valley (Swedish: Det osynliga barnet och andra berättelser) is published. It is the sixth book in the Moomin series and unlike the other books, it is a book of short stories, not a novel.

1965

Moominpappa at Sea (Swedish: Pappan och havet) is published. It is the seventh book in the Moomin book series by Tove Jansson. In the novel the Moomin family is off to live in a lighthouse on a tiny island, because even the home-loving Moomins need a change of scenery sometimes.

1970

The last Moomin story – Moominvalley in November – is published. Tove decides to stop writing Moomin books, but continues to write for adults. She publishes The Summer Book.

1977

The Dangerous Journey (Orig. Swedish Den farliga resan) is published. It is a children’s picture book in the Moomin series by Tove Jansson. It follows the nightmarish adventures of Susanna, the Hemulen,Sniff, Sorry-Oo and Thingummy & Bob throughMoominvalley.

2006

Canadian publisher Drawn Quarterly publishes the renewed Moomin comic strip in English.

Activity pages

Activity pages for kids, print them for you and your friends!

Ahoy!

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Snorkmaiden's fall fashion

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A Summer dream

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Spooky!

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Little My and the Pumpkin

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Colouring books

Lovely Moomin pictures that you can print out and colour as you like!

Moomin and Snufkin on the beach

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Moominhouse

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Snorkmaiden

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Snufkin and Moomin

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Moominfamily dancing

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Moominfamily

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Posters

Print out your own Moomin poster. Write your own text in the box below the image for informative messages, or print it without the box just for decoration!

Moomin Poster

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Moomin Poster with box

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