Moomin and the Spring Surprise
based on the stories of Tove Jansson, Finland.
The Moomin family is all snuggled down for their Long Winter Sleep, waiting for Too-Ticky's barrel-organ to rouse them for spring. As everyone else is sleeping soundly, Moomintroll is woken by a different sound and as he goes to investigate, he finds himself wandering in a cold winter world that is unfamiliar to him. His sees signs of Little My, and runs into Too-Ticky who gives him cocoa, follows a squirrel and climbs a mountain where he sees the whole world. Then the sun warms his nose. Was spring coming? Then he heard Too-Ticky's barrel-organ. Spring! And the forest started awakening.
Hardcover, 28pp. 2020/2023