Tove Jansson 1989
Populated by an odd cast of characters, there's Mama Moomin, never without her handbag, and Papa Moomin, busy writing his memoirs. Their son is Moomintroll and his best friend, Snufkin, complete with floppy hat and pipe. Part fantasy, part comedy, the stories are an unusual blend of magic, friendship, adventure and absurdity. Charlotte just couldn't get enough, and we read it every night at bedtime. How could you put down a book that stars the Snork Maiden, Thingumy and Bob, and the Groke? Luckily there's a whole series of books as well as comics that Jansson illustrated from the 1940s to the 1990's.
Oh, what a wonderful feeling when you have eaten up everything, drunk everything, talked of everything and danced your feet off, to go home in the quiet hour before the dawn to sleep!