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The writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is a Scandinavian national treasure: she has a museum dedicated to her work in her native Finland, and the Moomin characters adorn everything from mugs to schoolbags. Elsewhere, Moomin stories have been published in 35 languages. Sophie Hannah is that rare thing: an acclaimed and best-selling poet. Her first book was greeted with amazement. The Poetry Review declared, 'Shall I put it in capitals? SOPHIE HANNAH IS A GENIUS.' Each subsequent collection has been informally more inventive, thematically more complex, yet each has met with a similar welcome. Her latest book, 'First of the Last Chances', was published in 2003.
Brilliant new edition . . . Sophie Hannah's text teases and beguiles at every turn. -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * Full of the particular magic that only Tove Jansson can evoke. -- Philip Pullman * Financial Times * An effective page-turner . . . loaded with appealing psychedelic characters and exciting, eerrie locations. * Times Educational Supplement * Thanks to Sophie Hannah's wonderful verse adaptation . . . appeals to children and adults alike. * Daily Telegraph * Delightful, and has an oddness to which modern illustrators might aspire. * Sunday Times * A most welcome new edition of this brilliant picture book. A real classic. * Financial Times Pick of the Month *