Originally published in 1948, this is the first of the Moomin books to be translated into English. In this volume, springtime arrives in Moominvalley, along with a shiny magic top hat that Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and Sniff discover can turn anything—or anyone—into something else!
Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author and illustrator of the beloved Moomin books. Born into an artistic family—her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator—Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu.
- Author and Illustrator: Tove Jansson
- Publisher: Square Fish
- Paperback, 176 pages