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Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins) Paperback – April 27, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
The initial volume in the Moomintroll series of Finnish fantasy, which dates back more than 40 years, opens as three of the fabulous folk in the Moomin Valley find the Hobgoblin's top hat. Ages 7-10.
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“There is, in short, everything in the Moon books: giant comets and secret caves and tree houses and stilts and magic-carpet clouds and amusement parks run by despotic practical-joking kings and time machines and ski instructors.” ―Harper's
“We need Moominland for its gentle pace, its sense of beauty and awe, and its spirit of friendliness and empathy―now more than ever.” ―The Horn Book
“These charming fantasies are propelled by a childlike curiosity and filled with quiet wisdom, appealing geniality, and a satisfying sense of self-discovery.” ―School Library Journal.com
“If you had no shame reading Harry Potter on the subway, there's no need to hide Tove Jansson's witty, whimsically illustrated Finnish series.” ―Daily Candy
“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.” ―Wall Street Journal
“It's more than forty years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“The adventures of the easygoing Moomintrolls have all the crispness and tart surprise of a lingonberry, thanks to Jansson's ineffably light touch, her uncanny sensitivity to universal childhood emotions, and her gift for terse, naturalistic dialogue.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“A gentle, offbeat fantasy.” ―The Horn Book
“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
“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
“[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
Top customer reviews
I love how the Hobgoblin choses to give wishes when he cannot 'snatch' the ruby. A touching statement to the good that can be in everyone...the scary and frightful enemies in our lifes can, and should, be humanized and empathized with.
The book is a wonderful adventure where the Moomin family in good spirits makes the most of a flood which forces the folks in Moomin Valley out of their homes. They will take refuge in an abandoned theater and proceed to put on a play with the guidance of a grouchy theater rat, Emma. Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden get separated from the rest. Further interest is provided by Little My who also gets lost and is found by Snufkin. Snufkin has his own agenda of revenge against the Park Keeper but in the process he inherits the guardianship of 24 little woodies. Hilarity and mayhem ensue, with gentle humor -- and no violence! Also included are some Finnish midsummer traditions. Trademark Tove Jansson ink drawings add to the enjoyment.I'm sure that when the word is spread, these books will also become favorite reading, akin to A.A. Milne, here in the US.
This particular book is one of my long time favorites. The characters are a bit absurd, but it's amazing how you don't really notice that as you get to know them better.
Jansson is able to weave life lessons and psychology in a brilliantly subtle fashion into the stories.
This book isn't about happy endings or the world having to be a certain way; rather, I think it embraces the world the way it is without being pessimistic.
I wish I could give this book six stars.
Extremely enjoyable, quick read. I'm going to order the entire series right now.