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The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Hardcover – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Series: Moomin
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Enfant (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897299958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897299951
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

First published in 1952, the late Jansson's first picture book to feature the Moomins returns with its droll, rhyming text and singular characters intact. Bringing home a thermos of milk, Moomintroll, who resembles a small, white hippopotamus, meets Mymble, searching for her lost sister, along with other creatures. Throughout, die-cuts create a spooky, layered effect, offering a tantalizing peek at what's to come. Readers are repeatedly asked what might occur next in the story, drawing them in further. From the bold colors and oddball creatures to expressive variations in font and inventive die-cuts, the book remains a kid-friendly package and a wonderfully weird vision. All ages. (Nov.)
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"From the bold colors and oddball creatures to expressive variations in font and inventive die-cuts, the book remains a kid-friendly package and a wonderfully weird vision."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"A joy. This brilliant new edition has a translation by Sophie Hannah (a wonderful poet in her own right) and her text teases and beguiles at every turn.... Three cheers."
--Kate Kellaway, The Observer

More About the Author

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki, and was an illustrator and political cartoonist for the left-leaning, anti-Fascist magazine Garm. She created a long-running comic strip and a series of children's books featuring the much-loved hippopotamus-like character, Moomintroll. She is also the author of eleven novels and short-story collections for adults, including The Summer Book and The True Deceiver. In 1994, she was awarded the Prize of the Swedish Academy.

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This picture book is colorful and pleasing to eye, the art work clear and concise and imaginative.
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Older children will enjoy it as well.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ben Elliss on May 22, 2000
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I ordered 'The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My' from Amazon.com in 1997 since the book wasn't (and still isn't) available over here in England. I own (and treasure) all eight of Tove Jansson's Moomin novels, and I was curious to see this picture book. 'The Book about Moomin...' was an early work, and is targetted at children far more than Tove's later, more complicated work. It's a colorful picture book, telling a simple story of Moomintroll, Little My and her sister the Mymble. The artwork is all by Jansson and is in the same style as 'Comet in Moominland' and 'Finn Family Moomintroll', but is brought vividly to life here with a palette of psychedelically bright colors. Every Moomin fan will enjoy this book!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jean Laukant on December 8, 2010
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I was very excited to see this book available; but wish I knew before ordering that it is a VERY different text than the one I have loved since I was a small child. That book was much more poetic and fun, with every page ending, "What do YOU think happened then?" This one still has the delightful and fun artwork, and the enticing cutouts from page to page, but the text is grossly modified and simply not as good as the original edition. I was hoping to share this with 'next generations', thinking that I could "read along without reading" (I still remember whole pages-worth of the original book!).
If you are not familiar with the original, this is still a delightful and unique book... but if you are hoping for the same text as in the book published by Ernest Benn Ltd., you will be disappointed, as I am.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Lamnin on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...these books are not known in this country. I, for one, brought my Moomin book with me from the former Soviet Union, and I fully intend to indoctrinate my future children into the Moomin Religion (even if they will have to learn Russian just for that). Tove Jahsson (who passed away last year, sadly) created a wonderful world, full of adorable and memorable characters.
The Moomins are...well, G-d knows what they are. They are little hyppopotamus-looking cute things that walk on their hind legs, live in the picturesquee little valley (and in houses, of course), do all the things that humans do (or that humans do in children's imagination) and wear hats. Sometimes. In fact, there is even a story about a magic hat somewhere. But I digress.
Muumi-Troll, the protagonist, is your average kid. Or a teenager. He has a Muumi-Mother, and Muumi-Father, and two best friends: Sniff (who looks like a rat and is a terrible coward--but always manages to overcome it at the last possible moment) and Snusmumrik (who looks like a duck and is a Traveler). He has a love interest, Froeken (Miss) Snork (Snorks are similar to Moomins, except that their color changes together with their mood), who has an obnoxious brother, you guessed it, Snork. There are also Hemul, who, like all Hemulen, wears his aunt's old dress (don't ask), and the Muskrat (I think that's what it is). There are predicaments and dangers and wonerful adventures.
The Moomins are known--and beloved--in all of teh world, from their native Finland, to Russia to Japan. Hopefully, the States will come around at some point--and Harry Potter (no offense, I love HP) will tremble in his shoes.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1998
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Having grown up in Scandinavia this was one of the first books I ever read, and I have read it many times since. It is a poetic wonderfully bizarre book, and when you read it along with the rest of Tove Jansson's books you realize that her magical world of mumins isn't really all that different from the one we live in. Best of all, Tove Jansson opens a window to the reader's soul in her writing, and you recognize yourself in her books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Obana on February 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For some reason, I had a copy of the original Finnish version. I couldn't read it, but I just LOVED the pictures! I still have fond memories of looking through the little cut-out holes from page to page; the hole on one side turns out to be an element on the next page! I remember it really had my imagination going -- since I couldn't understand the text, I got to make the story up as I went along. Moomin was a favorite among Japanese kids (I grew up there), so it was an extra treasure to have the original characters (bearing their original names) all beautifully illustrated in Tove Jansson's own hand.
Truly a must for any kid's library, or even an adult's! I just ordered one again for myself, having long lost the Finnish copy. There's something special about the use of cut-outs and the colors that makes it extra-wonderful for firing up any child's imagination, even if you can understand the text!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NYer family on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps because we've read it so many times, I felt cheated when I picked up what turned out to be a new translation (so new that Amazon doesn't have it but a local children's bookshop did). Although prepared by a respected British poet, I missed the lyricism of the original and my children did to. I can barely bring myself to open our new copy (which I purchased as insurance in case anything happened to our beloved original). That being said, the cuts (by Schildts!) are there as well as the wonderful drawings and the whole surreal moomin world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Dyer on November 20, 2010
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This Moomin Book and I go back a long way. I have been a Tove Jansson fan since the early 1950's when I was first introduced to her books. This picture book is colorful and pleasing to eye, the art work clear and concise and imaginative. The storyline progresses through holes on each page. I have read the text in its original Swedish as well as the first English translation. This new edition retains the artwork and the individualzed lettering which describes each character. We follow the adventures of Moomintroll, Mymble and Little My as they meet other Moominland creatures. In this new 2001 translation by Sophie Hannah the language flows nicely without the occasional awkwardness of the old edition while still maintaining the whimsy so characteristic to Tove Jansson. As a teacher I have introduced Jansson books to countless American children and of course my children and grandchildren all have their own copies! I am delighted this book and others now are available at Amazon. P.K.Dyer
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