Have you seen the magic that is Moomin? Tove Jansson has written and illustrated brilliant little stories about this little family (of moomins, natch), their friends, and their little adventures. They celebrate simplicity, silliness, and caring for one another, and have made me laugh more times than I can count. There are pearls of wisdom in there, too, but it never comes across as preachy. I've started out with the comic anthologies, and will most certainly be tracking down the little novels, too.