Created and written by Swedish-speaking Finnish author, Tove Jansson, the Moomins turned 65 in 2010. These fabulous hippo-like creatures inhabit a valley in Norway and are involved in all sorts of adventures.
I was introduced to the Moomins by a colleague who said that Finn Family Moomintroll was her “all-time absolute favourite classroom read-aloud story” when she was a teacher. I thought “what the Moomin?” as I scurried off to the bookshelves. Wow. What a treat.
There’s the upcoming movie.
There’s the new cookbook about Finnish cuisine.
A national treasure in Norway for many years (there was even a Moomin Opera produced in the 1970s!), Moomin mania finally comes to the rest of the world.