Author(s): Tove Jansson
Moominpappa had been feeling a little sad. Moomintroll was growing up now, and it seemed everything there was to be done had already been done, or was being done by someone else. The only thing to do was to make a fresh start.
Somewhere out at sea there was a tiny rocky island and a lighthouse, just waiting for him. There he'd be important, able to explain things to his family again, able to boast a bit.
The island is a mysterious, eerie place. Moominmamma's roses won't grow, the waves won't speak to Moominpappa, and there is an uneasy question at the back of their minds: where is the lighthouse-keeper?
Tove Jansson, writer and illustrator, was born in Finland in 1914. She began her Moomin series in 1945 and they became a huge success with their individualistic characters, subtle humour, and an all-encompassing sense of freedom. The Moomins were, to some extent, a reflection of Tove Jansson's own family, who were bohemians and lived close to nature. Jansson became well known in England for her Moomins comic strip, published daily in London's Evening News between 1953-59, continued by her brother Lars Jansson from 1959-1975. Jansson also wrote adult fiction, short stories and memoirs, and was an award-winning artist. Tove Jansson died in 2001.