More than seventy years after their first appearance, the big-nosed Moomins – immortalised in a series of nine fantasy chapter books written and illustrated by Finnish cartoonist and island-dweller Tove Jansson between 1945 and 1970 – continue to beguile children and adults worldwide. Gay takes a look at two very different books from the Moomin series.
Growing up to be an artist is a popular theme in children’s literature. Here are two older books about boys wrestling with definitions of masculinity at odds with their artistic vocations.
As a child I read this book until I wore out the cover. How, then, did I miss the death of an important character?
About a year ago I was asked to give a talk at a fundraising dinner for literacy. This post is an excerpt.
Have picture books moulded your expectations of life? My relationship with MacBunny and other rabbits.