Todays book is ‘The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My’. It is by Tove Jansson and published by Sort of Books. It is translated by Sophie Hannah with calligraphy by Peter Blegvad.
As a rule I don’t have a ‘thing’ about the Moomins. But this book is wonderful. It’s the kind of book I would love to do and is one of my absolute favourites.
First the story, it’s a simple tale of Moomintroll going to get some milk for his mother and the adventure he goes on on his journey home. The text is rhyming in a way that carries you through the book and is beautifully hand lettered/illustrated by Blegvad. The book features the usual Jansson characters; Moomintroll, Mymble, Fillyjonk, Hemulen etc.
I particularly like how at the end of each page is a line encouraging the reader to think ahead or turn the page
“..Chased them away like Dust and Mess-
AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. GO ON, GUESS.”
The design is great, featuring cut throughs from one scene to the next, which add to the depth and the whole idea of looking forward to what is coming next. The illustrations are printed in three or four colours per page, in flat colours, with glimpses through the page adding an additional colour.
The text is usually in a box and so it gets its own chance to shine. The hand lettered text is drawn in a way that some words reflect their meaning, ( a calligram apparently!) and this just adds to the quirkiness of the book.
It’s definitely one to check out!
Images taken from this blog review.