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Tove Jansson (1914–2001)

Author of The Summer Book

584+ Works 26,621 Members 628 Reviews 199 Favorited

About the Author

Tove Jansson has received the Hans Christian Andersen prize for children's literature. The world of the Moomintroll has become internationally famous thanks to her brilliant sense of humor and fabulous illustrations. The delightful Moomintrolls make it through catastrophe after catastrophe through show more cooperation and plain luck. Although Jansson is best known for her children's books, her adult fiction is equally entertaining. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Tove Jansson

The Summer Book (1972) 3,049 copies, 133 reviews
Finn Family Moomintroll (1948) 2,528 copies, 51 reviews
Comet in Moominland (1946) 2,033 copies, 43 reviews
Moominland Midwinter (1958) 1,731 copies, 31 reviews
Moominsummer Madness (1955) 1,569 copies, 15 reviews
Tales from Moominvalley (1962) 1,433 copies, 20 reviews
Moominpappa at Sea (1965) 1,379 copies, 23 reviews
Moominpappa's Memoirs (1950) 1,296 copies, 20 reviews
Moominvalley in November (1971) 1,271 copies, 30 reviews
The True Deceiver (1982) 1,007 copies, 46 reviews
The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945) — Author — 748 copies, 19 reviews
Fair Play (1989) 743 copies, 34 reviews
A Winter Book (1998) 597 copies, 23 reviews
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My (1952) 448 copies, 6 reviews
Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir (2013) 308 copies, 14 reviews
Travelling Light (1987) 241 copies, 11 reviews
Tove Jansson: Work and Love (2013) — Illustrator — 183 copies, 6 reviews
Art in Nature (1978) 174 copies, 7 reviews
The Dangerous Journey (1977) 151 copies, 3 reviews
The Listener (1971) 148 copies, 5 reviews
Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition (2014) 101 copies, 1 review
Sun City (1974) 101 copies, 5 reviews
Moomins Cookbook: An Introduction to Finnish Cuisine (1993) — Illustrator — 100 copies
Letters from Tove (2014) 97 copies
The Invisible Child And The Fir Tree: Two Moomin Stories for Oxfam (2017) — Author — 94 copies, 2 reviews
Letters from Klara and Other Stories (2017) 85 copies, 6 reviews
Notes from an Island (1996) 84 copies, 2 reviews
The Big Moomin Book (1995) 79 copies, 1 review
Moomin's Winter Follies (2012) 51 copies, 1 review
Moomin and the Birthday Button (Moomins) (2010) 51 copies, 1 review
The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley (2017) — Illustrator — 49 copies
Skurken i Muminhuset (1980) 39 copies
Tove Jansson (2022) 34 copies
Moomin Builds a House (2013) 32 copies, 1 review
Moomin Falls in Love (2013) 26 copies
Muumitroll : jutustus (1975) 26 copies
Moominvalley Turns Jungle (2012) 26 copies, 1 review
Moomintroll and the end of the world (2007) 26 copies, 1 review
Moomin and the Comet (2013) 25 copies, 4 reviews
Moomin on the Riviera (2014) 24 copies, 1 review
Romaner (2017) 24 copies
Moomin and the Golden Tail (2014) 24 copies, 1 review
Noveller (2017) 24 copies
Moomin and the Winter Snow (2011) 21 copies
Moomin and the Sea (2013) 20 copies
Moomin's Desert Island (2014) 19 copies, 1 review
Moomin and the Martians (2015) 18 copies
Muumien kiehtova maailma (2008) 17 copies
Moomin and the Brigands (2017) 14 copies
Muumiperheen tarina (1987) 14 copies
Mumin. 8 (1980) 13 copies
Bulevarden och andra texter (2017) 12 copies
Moomin Begins a New Life (2017) 12 copies
Moomin and Family Life (2016) 12 copies
Moominmamma's Maid (2015) 12 copies
Mumin. 10 (1981) 11 copies
Moomin and the Magic Hat (1993) 11 copies
Moomins (2011) 11 copies
Muumipeikko 13 (1994) 11 copies
Club Life in Moominvalley (2016) — Author — 11 copies
Mumintrollet 3 (1989) 11 copies
Takaisin Muumilaaksoon (1988) 11 copies
Muumi 7 (1980) 11 copies
Moomin and the Wishing Star (2015) 10 copies, 1 review
Moomin Winter (2018) 10 copies
Muumi 3 (1979) 10 copies
Muumien matkassa (2012) 10 copies
Stenåkern (1984) 10 copies
Muumipeikko. 3 (1990) 9 copies
The Moomin Coloring Book (2017) 9 copies
Moomin and the New Friend (2012) 8 copies
Lato (2007) 8 copies
Pikku Myyn mietekirja (2005) 8 copies, 1 review
Muumi 6 (1982) 8 copies
Muumipeikko 14 (1994) 8 copies
Lilla Mys Räknebok (2011) 7 copies
Moomin Comfort Food (2019) 7 copies
Mumin 3 (1978) 7 copies
Seven Moomintroll Books (1978) 7 copies
Moomin and the Ice Festival (2018) — Illustrator — 6 copies
Muumi. 2 (1978) 6 copies
Fire noveller (2018) 6 copies, 1 review
Muumipapan mietekirja (2004) 5 copies
Taikurin hattu (1987) 5 copies
Muminki. Ks. 1 (2012) 5 copies
Världen enligt Lilla My (2010) 5 copies
Mumintrollen 5 copies
Wiadomosc (2015) 5 copies
Love from the Moomins (2018) 4 copies
Kuvanveistäjän tytär (2019) 4 copies
Tatínek píše paměti (1995) 4 copies
Mumintrollet 7 (1992) 4 copies
Kuuntelija (2019) 4 copies
Muminki Ksiega druga (2012) 4 copies
Moomin and Snufkin (1993) 4 copies
Moomintroll Sets Sail (2020) 4 copies
Muumit (2016) 4 copies
Muumimamman mietekirja (2003) 4 copies
Ferðin út í vitann (1992) 3 copies
Skazki pro mumi-trollja (1992) 3 copies
Córka rzeźbiarza (2016) 3 copies
Muumipapan karkumatka (1992) 3 copies
Muumit Rivieralla (2014) 3 copies
Seikkailu merenpohjassa (1933) 3 copies
Nipsun mietekirja (2009) 3 copies
Katten & Ön (2020) 3 copies
O Louco Verão dos Mumins (2017) 3 copies
Moomin and the Windy Day (2019) 3 copies
All About Moomin (2018) 3 copies
Die Mumins (2002) 3 copies
Sloneczne miasto (2017) 3 copies
Muumitroll (1994) 3 copies
Niiskuneidin mietekirja (2011) 3 copies
Mumin. 4 (1978) 3 copies
Trollitalv (2019) 2 copies
Karin, min vän 2 copies
Mumintrollet. Nr 4 (1992) 2 copies
Moson de geavvá? (2000) 2 copies
Mumintrollet. Nr 1 (1989) 2 copies
Odottamaton vierailu (1992) 2 copies
Mumin al mare (2018) 2 copies
Vlden enligt Sniff (2012) 2 copies
Vlden enligt Snusmumriken (2012) 2 copies
Billedhuggerens Datter (2014) 2 copies
Vinter i Mumidalen (2000) 2 copies
Het kleine cijferboek (2010) 2 copies
Het raadselachtige eiland (2014) 2 copies
Mumitroldene (1980) 2 copies
Magia di mezz'estate (2019) 2 copies
Moomins Craft Book (2018) 2 copies
Campo di pietra 2 copies, 1 review
Muumipeikon mietekirja (2007) 2 copies
Sõnumid : valik novelle (2014) 2 copies
Dürüst Yalanci (2020) 2 copies
Moomin le papa et la mer (2020) 2 copies
Huimapäinen Pikku Myy (1993) 2 copies
Jak to bylo dál? (2018) 2 copies
Die Mumins, 2 Audio-CDs (2007) 2 copies
Magiskt med Mumin (1999) 2 copies
Mumintrollet. Nr 21 (1974) 2 copies
Muminki Muminki i morze (2005) 2 copies
Vorið kemur (1992) 2 copies
Mumintrollet. Nr 18 (1973) 2 copies
Moomin and the Ocean's Song (2016) 2 copies, 1 review
Mumin und der Komet (2014) 2 copies
Ein Urwald im Mumintal (2014) 2 copies
Bláznivé léto (1994) 2 copies
Muumilaakson tarinoita. 3 (1999) 2 copies
Mumin Vol. 2 (2015) 2 copies
Moemin se verjaarsdag (2010) 2 copies
Mumins Familienleben (2022) 1 copy
Lato Mumink©đw (2014) 1 copy
Tatu¿ Muminka i morze (2014) 1 copy
Mumin - ord : bebisbok (2020) 1 copy
Mumins bästa dag (2011) 1 copy
Moomin Voices - Muminröster (2003) — Composer — 1 copy
Snufkin's Quotations (2010) 1 copy
Muumi - Vauvakirja (2017) 1 copy
Moomin Calendar 2023 (2022) 1 copy
Der Boulevard (2023) 1 copy
The Strange Customers (2000) 1 copy
Notes From An Island (2024) 1 copy
Tehlikeli Yaz (2021) 1 copy
Tiuhti ja Viuhti (1987) 1 copy
Dockskåpet 1 copy
Mumin s'innamora (2022) 1 copy
La hija del escultor 1 copy, 1 review
Alicia (2006) 1 copy
Listy (2016) 1 copy
Voyages sans bagages (2024) 1 copy
Mummimammas verden (2024) 1 copy
Mumintēta memuāri (1993) 1 copy
LESBIAN ARTISTS (2010) 1 copy
Tatínek a moře (2024) 1 copy
Mumin und das Meer (2016) 1 copy
Lonely Moomin (2001) 1 copy
Hiver dans vallee moumin (1991) 1 copy, 1 review
Kogda priletit kometa (2018) 1 copy
Die Rettung der Tiger (1992) 1 copy
Muminki komiks Tom 1 (2015) 1 copy
Happy Days (2001) 1 copy
Mumin baut ein Haus (1984) 1 copy
Sadun saaret (2003) 1 copy
Muminki Wyspa Muminkow (2006) 1 copy
Mumins Winterfreuden (2014) 1 copy
Lampa Muminka (2007) 1 copy
Mumins födelsedagsbok (2005) 1 copy
Cestovat nalehko (2017) 1 copy
Sitater fra Mummidalen (2014) 1 copy
Muumitroll (2014) 1 copy
Full frihet 1 copy
Reisen til fyrtårnet (1992) 1 copy
Moomin Flexi Journal (2012) 1 copy
Ninni (1992) 1 copy
Mummitrollet (1981) 1 copy
Moomin Matching Game (2012) 1 copy
Den Magiska Hatten (M) (1992) 1 copy
Nýir nágrannar (1992) 1 copy
Mumintrollet 1 copy
Kdo utěší Drobka? (2021) 1 copy
Mumini. Čarovná zima (2005) 1 copy
Muminek a sníh (2011) 1 copy
Šljapa volšebnika (2012) 1 copy
Knjiga o ljetu (2010) 1 copy
VERDAD INCREIBLE, LA (2020) 1 copy
Muumitroll II (2009) 1 copy
Muminek : omnibus (2022) 1 copy
Jansson Tove 1 copy
De gevaarlijke tocht (1978) 1 copy
Tove och Tooti I pEuropa 1 copy, 1 review
Rejse med let bagage (2018) 1 copy
Hvad sker der så? (1989) 1 copy
Alisa (1992) 1 copy
Muminek a narozeniny (2011) 1 copy
Võlukübar (2019) 1 copy
Snifi mteteri (2011) 1 copy
Briefe von Klara (2020) 1 copy
Loggbok (2020) 1 copy
Stadt der Sonne (2018) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Hobbit (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 95,886 copies, 1,196 reviews
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) — Illustrator, some editions — 27,610 copies, 483 reviews
The Hunting of the Snark (1876) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,312 copies, 40 reviews
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling (2017) — Contributor, some editions — 570 copies, 7 reviews
Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contributor — 327 copies, 8 reviews
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 110 copies, 1 review
The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy (Dedalus Literary Fantasy Anthologies) (2012) — Contributor — 107 copies, 3 reviews
A Golden Land (1958) — Contributor; Illustrator — 43 copies
Puffin Annual: No. 1 (Puffin Books) (1974) — Contributor — 20 copies, 2 reviews

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Reviews

Vignettes/short stories told through a child's eyes with child logic. Little echoes of the moomin books, but very much its own thing.
 
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adzebill | 13 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
Everything that I said about book 1 applies here. Jansson does write about lighthouses for a bit too long however lol.
½
 
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AvANvN | 2 other reviews | Jul 7, 2024 |
I feel like Joe Dera reading this, just gentle and content with all the simple things. I never expected myself to laugh so much from funny papers from the 1940s. I will admit, if I read each of these every week from my newspaper, there would quite a few duds.
½
 
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AvANvN | 13 other reviews | Jul 7, 2024 |
An enchanting little book first published in Swedish in 1972 by Finnish author Tove Jansson, The Summer Book describes a summer spent on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. It concentrates on six-year old Sophie and her grandmother, who are staying with Sophie’s father in the family’s summer cottage on the island. Sophie has recently lost her mother and the book follows the sweet relationship between Sophie and her grandmother. They are both intriguing characters. Sophie is at times droll and attentive, and other times volatile and dramatic. The grandmother is priceless; a wonderful grumpy, yet wise and tender anarchist, she struggles around the island on arthritic legs and a cane, yet will crawl into a hidey-hole in a bush to play with her granddaughter. She is both imaginative and philosophical. She and Sophie spend the summer observing the wildlife, having discussions on religion, superstition and why they were not invited to a party on a boat. It is a book in which not a great deal happens but every detail is exquisitely described, and both the island and its characters are very alive and impacting. The book is fictional but the characters are based on Tove’s niece Sophie and her own mother who had passed away a year before she wrote the book. Jansson is a wonderful insightful writer who captures both the joy and the poignancy of life. 5 stars for me.… (more)
 
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Lars Jansson Photographer, Illustrator
Tuulikki Pietilä Illustrator
Erna Tauro Composer
Mika Pohjola Composer
Thomas Teal Translator
Kingsley Hart Translator
David McDuff Translator
Sarah Death Translator
Thomas Warburton Translator
Sirke Happonen Translator, Editor
Per Olov Jansson Photographer
Frank Cottrell Boyce Afterword, Contributor
Philip Ardagh Contributor
Brian Sibley Introduction
Kenneth Thorén Photographer
Birgitta Kicherer Translator, Übersetzer
Laila Järvinen Translator
Dick Bruna Cover designer
Cora Polet Translator
Elizabeth Portch Translator
Ali Smith Introduction, Foreword
Laila Järvinen Translator
Esther Freud Foreword, Afterword
Kathryn Davis Introduction
Leena Virtanen Translator
Sophie Hannah Translator
Juhani Tolvanen Translator
Kaarina Helakisa Translator
Halina Thylwe Translator
Mari Jesmin Translator
Matthias Wieland Übersetzer
Anita Salmivuori Translator
Alf Lidman Photographer
Philip Pullman Afterword
Eila Pennanen Translator
Kirsi Kunnas Translator
Eva Dahlström Introduction
David Hackston Translator
Panu Pekkanen Translator
Claudia Koch Translator
Shizuka Yamamuro Translator
Kirsti Mäkinen Translator

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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
4.2
Reviews
628
ISBNs
1,828
Languages
38
Favorited
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