Posts Tagged ‘Moomins’

Poka & Mine go to China!

January 27, 2011

We just received the news that the whole Poka & Mine-series is about to be published in China. Kitty Crowther’s insects have previously been translated into many languages, among them Dutch, Japanese, Swedish and Portuguese.

When speaking about Poka & Mine, Kitty Crowther often refers to her love of the Moomins. Just like the Moomins, Poka & Mine lack facial features such as mouths. This of course adds to the illustrator’s challange to express the characters emotions. If you look closely at the Poka & Mine books, you can see how Kitty Crowther uses her characters’ whole body and, perhaps especially, the pupil of their eyes, to convey how they are feeling.

A funny detail is that only the female insects have ears, the male do not. How shall it be interpreted? You decide!

The Chinese editions will be published by Beijing Zito Books and they are translated by Juan Wu.

Kitty Crowther and announcement of nominated candidates

October 8, 2010

Yesterday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, this year’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Kitty Crowther presented her work in conversation with Andreas Platthaus from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Judith Drews from Illustratoren Organisation.

The attentive audience at a Children’s Forum filled to the last seat, listened as Kitty Crowther spoke about her work, from Va faire un tour (1995) to Annie du lac (2009).

Kitty Crowther revealed that previous Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-winner Maurice Sendak‘s book Where the wild things are was a source of inspiration when she made Va faire un tour. She also spoke of her love of the Moomins by Tove Jansson and how Inuit art inspired her while making the book La visite de petit mort.

After her presentation, Chairman of the jury Larry Lempert revealed the nominated candidates for the 2011 Award. 175 candidates from 62 different countries are represented on the list. The list of candidates was passed out to the audience, in which several candidates were present!

“I grew up with Astrid”

August 30, 2010

Today the Polar Music Prize will be awarded to Björk, the experimental musical genious from Iceland. In the Polar Music Talks proceeding the award ceremony, she repeatedly returned to the influence of Astrid Lindgren. She didn’t grow up with Disney. For her, the literary characters of Astrid Lindgren were far more important. “I have, just like Pippi Longstocking, problems with authority”, Björk admitted.

Björk also has a strong connection to another prolific children’s book author/illustrator: Tove Jansson. Björk recently spent a weekend on Tove Jansson’s island Klovharun and she’s the composer of the soundtrack to the forthcoming 3D-adventure: Moomins and the comet chase. You can watch the video to Comet Song here!

The Award Office says congratulations!

Happy Birthday Moomin – you haven’t aged a bit!

January 29, 2010

Yesterday Tove Janssons big-bellied troll celebrated his 65th birthday in Stockholm. Hostess of the evening was Sophia Jansson, niece to the creator of Moomin, and today the CEO of Moomin Characters Ltd.

Hundreds of Stockholmers and came to pay tribute to Moomin, among them TV-presenter and celebrity Mark Levengood who, just like Tove Jansson, is Finland-Swedish (i.e. born in Finland but with Swedish as native language). He interviewed Sophia Jansson about her relationship to her world-famous aunt and the creation of Moomin, who first appeared in the book: The Moomins and the Great Flood in 1945. Little My was also present, angry that she wasn’t the center of attention.

With the pioneering work of Tove Jansson and Astrid Lindgren, Scandinavian children were introduced to a new type of children’s literature where the child, its needs and rights were in focus. Today the children of Scandinavia are as familiar with Moomin as with the Brother’s Lionheart.

The Award Office will celebrate Moomin by rereading the novels, delightful reads for young and old! (And possibly by dressing as our favourite Moomin characters over the week-end…)