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  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (26 July 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140305025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140305029
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into over 40 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Moomin series is sophisticated and anarchic, with enough depth for adults to enjoy reading, and wild invention for the children, all laid on a very deep appreciation of the good things in life.
In this book, Moomintroll wakes up in winter - the first Moomin to do so. He faces up to loneliness, and dealing with strange new people on his own - and then with Little My, which can be even harder. Winder includes death, and rebirth and partying, as the seasons move round.
the book has two wonderful Moominmamma moments - even sound asleep with the rest of the family, she manages to sort out one of his problems. And then when she wakes up, to find him ill and the house ransacked, she takes it in her stride.
Great for reading aloud - Moomins have become part of my family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mouse on 2 Mar. 2010
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This book is really great. I read it when I was a child and had forgotten about it then suddenly remembered and bought it for my 7 year old twins. They are perhaps a little young for it, they would have struggled to read it on their own and no doubt would have given up. However, they have enjoyed me reading it to them. There are many different characters in the book, some of them a little menacing and some just odd but the main character, the childlike but resouceful Moomintroll, is adorable, you just want to cuddle him. He is an invented creature as are some of the other characters. The book is illustrated by the author and the pictures are fantastic and in fact the pictures are part of the reason I liked it so much when I was young. They are simply drawn but really capture what's going on in the story and the feelings of those involved. The story can be quite surreal, a horse made of snow comes to life and gallops off - that kind of thing, and not everything is explained, how is it that the horse came to life, we are not told. It is basically the story of Moomintroll who should be hibernating but has woken up, how he discovers winter, the people he meets and how he spends his time until his family wake up. The book is extremely imaginative, very funny in places and a great tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2010
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Tove Jansson was the mistress of the whimsical, dark and mysterious. Her fantasy sequence about the strange and beautiful creatures that inhabit Moomin Valley never disappoint, and I have been reading them for over thirty years. In this volume, Moomintroll, who usually hibernates through the winter with the rest of his family, wakes up and spends the winter season with new friends and acquaintances. He meets an early ancestor, who decides to live in his stove, Too Ticky who inhabits the summer bathing hut with a family of musical instrument playing, invisible shrews, and many other strange and truly wonderful creatures. Funny and surreal, dark and melancholy, this book is shot through with layers of ideas and meanings which ensure its lasting appeal to adults and children alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Greenland on 17 Dec. 2012
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I'm 41 and long have I loved the Moomins and are perhaps my favourite of all children's stories.

Tove Jansson created lovable and quirky characters, characters that you instantly feel reflect your own personality, with a simple message that a simple way of life and a life of acceptance is best, set in a beautiful land where nature is also a leading character.

Here is the sixth novel in the series, Moominland Midwinter, where Moomintroll wakes during the Moomin's winter hibernation and can't get back to sleep. It's again an adventure story, with Moomintroll and Little My meeting plenty of previously unknown characters that stay awake during the winter, mainly Too-ticky who now lives in the bathing-house. The difference is that you delve deeper into Moomintroll's character. It's set in a rather dark, lonely and introspective environment but because of this, shows us Moomintroll's and Moominmamma's unconditional love for each other. The final chapter, when Moominmamma awakes, is very moving. Again acceptance is the theme running throughout the book.

While it doesn't quite compare with most people's favourite Finn Family Moomintroll it does have it's magical moments and deserves five stars from me purely for the final chapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frostycat on 2 Feb. 2013
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Most of the familiar characters are sleeping their winter sleep, but the fabulous pageant of winter creatures which Moomintroll meets for the first time is mysterious and amazing. Set against a background of midnight sun and northern lights, Moomintroll's initial distrust of the strangers of this new world contrasts with his determination to remember his manners (how will he feed all the new visitors?) and his childish delight in their tales and their lifestyles. Some are just great fun, some are tragic and some truly terrifying- who is The Lady of the Cold? Everyone hides in the beach house when she comes apart from the foolish squirrel who pays with his life. And the snow horse with mirrors for eyes, which gallops away. What's that all about?? So glad The Groke made an appearance - my fave character, who is so tragic. She craves warmth and companionship but only succeeds in putting out the fire with her coldness. Shunned by everyone, she retreats into the dark and cold from which she came. I love her.

The coming of spring is a relief for Moomintroll - however, we feel he has learned something about the ways of the world and the cycle of the seasons. Moominmamma, as engaging as ever, takes the chaos of the untidy house and the decimation of the jam store in her stride. A lovely book, definitely as much for adults as for children. I certainly thought so, anyway,
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