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The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The die-cut illustrations are gorgeously rendered, with great colors and fantastic details. I can't stop staring at the beautiful art!Published 5 months ago by Owen Lake
Beautiful illustrations and as always with Janssons, a fun and well written story.Published 5 months ago by judith andersson
My nephew loves the holes in the book and wondering what happens next.Published 8 months ago by Jess
I had the original printing of this book when I was a little child,now I am 60 years of age, and I still think it is one of the most beautiful childrens books ever made,I love it... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John P.
My four year old wanted me to read it over and over again. The 3d time, his great grandmother and his mother sat and listened to it too. Everyone enjoyed it.Published 16 months ago by Ramona
My 2-year-old grandson lives several states away from me. Our primary communication is through Skype. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
we love this book! the peek throughs are clever. the adventure is epic, scary, and funny. i thought it was a bit long the first time i read it but after a couple of reads i can... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Zeke Koch
I grew up with the original translation of this text, which was slightly dark, beautifully evocative, and suspenseful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by E. Lund