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Moominland Midwinter (Moomins) Paperback – August 31, 2010
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“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.” ―Wall Street Journal
“This book is a marvelous new look at a time of year when many of us are huddling inside, trying to stay warm, and a good reminder during a hot summer of what to look forward to in a few short months.” ―The Green Man Review
“Timeless . . . Perfect for reading aloud . . . The magical adventures of the innocent Moomin family have the whimsical, surrealistic quality of Frank Baum's Oz books.” ―Chicago Parent
“The Moomins originated in Finland, found their way to England, and have now, happily, crossed the Atlantic. One couldn't ask for more engaging citizens.” ―The Christian Science Monitor
“The books . . . belong on the shelf next to classics like A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Tollbooth.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece.” ―Neil Gaiman
“Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and completely universal.” ―Philip Pullman
“Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children's writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over sixty and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood.” ―Sir Terry Pratchett
“Clever, gentle, witty, and completely engrossing.” ―Jeff Smith, author of Bone
“[Tove Jansson] is a master.” ―The Times Literary Supplement (London)
“The most original works for children to be published since the Pooh books, and possibly, since Alice.” ―Saturday Review
“You will declare yourself a citizen of Moominvalley and call the stories your own--the Moomin world is that compelling.” ―Riverbank Review
“It's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design.” ―Lauren Child
“[Jansson was] a whiz of tomfoolery who was also a profound guide to the human heart.” ―Shelley Jackson, LA Weekly
Original Language: Finnish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I agree with the reviewers who lament that many children are now deprived of these books and this one in particular. I have read almost the entire series but this book has been a life-long friend in fact one of the two books I would most treasure to read and read again. The other is DC Lau's translation of Tao Te Ching.
This is my first review and could be my last but I'm glad to share this in particular as how the morning radio intones that Atlas Shrugged is now an Amazon top seller. A tome for our age but only for the lost and confused.Read more ›
The creatures may be strange and wondrous, but somehow we feel as if we might have met them before someplace. Haven't we all known someone like the Hemulen: large, cheerful, energetic without a mean bone in his body who always wants us to enjoy the cold brisk air and strenuous sports with him-and why is it we don't exactly like him very well?
The descriptions of Moomin world are lovely and fanciful. Early spring clouds are "scatterbrained" rushing along. The Great Cold is beautiful, but ominous. This is a book for all ages. It saddens me my children are not young enough to be read to anymore. The Moomins, like Winnie the Pooh, are perfect read-alouds with assured discussions afterward.
A lovely book. Highly recommended.
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I read this as part of a spirituality book group and loved it so much I read it to my kids. We enjoyed reading it and talking about the psychological characters and their... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jim
It was a gift. I read another of hers that I enjoyed. I'm hoping the child and the parents enjoyed it.Published 11 months ago by Petra
My favorite Moomin book. Tove Jansson gets the long northern winter just right.Published 13 months ago by Ila Treat
I'm 66, and I loved Moominland Midwinter and its wonderful cast of characters!Published 14 months ago by Michael J. Hamer
Nice book, seemed pretty standard, not sure what the library binding was about, seemed like a light duty book to me....Published 18 months ago by Cuda340