Moominvalley in November

by Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson, Kingsley Hart

Series: Moomins (No. 9)

Tove Jansson's Moomin characters and books are admired the world over. In the United States the series beginning with Finn Family Moomintroll (first published in English in 1945) has accumulated generations of fans. Since Farrar, Straus and Giroux began reissuing the books in 1989, grateful readers old and new have been thrilled to have the stories available again. At last the final installment is being published – oddly, the only book that features none of the Moomin family themselves, though it does take place at their house. There familiar characters converge – Snufkin, the Hemulen, Fillyjonk, and others – seeking out the Moomins' welcoming company, only to find them absent. All remain at the house, all have very different personalities that clash often, but something about their homey cohabitation during the icy winter changes each visitor in a gratifying way. As The Times Literary Supplement put it, Moominvalley in November is "possibly the cleverest of the Moomin books."


  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781466871649
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  • Title: Moominvalley in November
  • Series: Moomins (No. 9)
  • Author: Tove Jansson; Tove Jansson (ill.); Kingsley Hart (trans.)
  • Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

In The Press

“[Tove Jansson] is a master.” —The Times Literary Supplement

“More fantastic than Alice In Wonderland, more compelling than Charlotte's Web, and more mysterious than Nancy Drew.” —The Midwest Book Review


About The Author

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books, including Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll. 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.