Like a fool, I have gone back to my childhood favourites – the Moomins for some inspiration. All my copies are in storage so I borrowed Moominsummer Madness from the library and read a little every night. I say “like a fool” because it means that everything I try to write and every idea I have for my own work is way too heavily influenced by Tove Jansson and her creatures to be anything more than a really bad imitation. Ah well. I will work them out of my system I guess.
“Every children’s book should have a path in it where the writer stops and the child goes on. A threat or a delight that can never be explained. A face never completely revealed.” (Tove Jansson in Moominvalley, ed. by Mirja Kivi, 1998)
Some Tove Jansson links of interest:
Her illustrations from a 1962 translation of the Hobbit “Bilbo – en hobbits äventyr” and “Liisan saikkailut ihmemaassa” or Alice in Wonderland from 1966(?) and from the same site – a collection of moomin stamps (and if anyone has access to old stamps from finland, I would love to hear from you. I am particularly keen on the lot from 1992)
Shelley Jackson on Tove in the LA Weekly in 2002
And Ben is off to Helsinki tomorrow where he is sure to spend hours at Tampere in the Moomin Museum! After reading Caterina’s list of things to do in Helsinki, it’s now been added to my ‘places I really need to see’ list.