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The Moomins and the Great Flood

The Moomins and the Great Flood [Kindle Edition]

Tove Jansson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Product Description


Tove Jansson was a genius (Philip Pullman)

Book Description

Essential reading for any lover of the Moomins. This is where it all began.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4704 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Sort Of (13 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQX3CR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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TOVE JANSSON (1914-2001) is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated Moomin chapter books.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! 4 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Tove Jansson's 'The Moomins and the Great Flood' was her first book about Moomins, originally published in Swedish in 1945. It has only been translated into English since 2005 and now, lovingly, by Sort Of Books in 2012.

Told simply yet magically in just 46 pages, Moominmamma and Moomintroll are searching for Moominpappa and a warm place to live before winter arrives. Along their adventurous way they meet a host of characters; a 'little creature' (a precursor to Sniff), the Great Serpent, blue-haired Tulippa, an 'old gentleman' (who may have inspired Roald Dahl!!!), an ant-lion, the Hattifatteners, mermaids, sea-trolls, a red-haired boy, a mother cat and her kittens, a hemulen, a marabou stork and angler fish.

It's interesting to see that 'Sniff' bears some resemblance in character to that shown in later books; a little timid and a lover of things that glitter!

The book itself looks similar in style to Sort Of Books' other Moomin titles; 'The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My','Who Will Comfort Toffle' and 'The Dangerous Journey'. It's lovingly produced with the author's trademark pen and ink drawings and sepia watercolurs which are more ethereal in style. Also featured is a preface from the author written in 1991 and a little history of about her.

A real gem of a book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Mooniin fan 3 Nov 2012
By Pip Bin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Finally the first ever Moomin story is available in English.
It is a beautiful, tactile, hard bound book, with a subtle, ethereal colour front cover.
The story is full length with inset original illustrations from Tove Jansson and full page sepia coloured plates. As this story was first written in 1945 it is interesting to see how Moonin and the other characters have evolved, both is their character and their appearance. It also includes a short introduction by Ms Jansson herself from 1991 when the book was rereleased in its original language.
A joy to own and an absolute must for anyone who loves the Moomins.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 18 Jan 2014
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I didn't grow up with the Moomins, but have got into them rather late, in my early forties. I was dimly aware of the TV version when I was a kid, although we didn't watch it. And later on a band-mate called one of his slightly strange instrumentals 'Snufkin In The Forest', leaving me intrigued to know more. But I never followed that up, until now.

I was buying a book for a niece when, browsing through the kids book section, I was seduced by Tove Jansson's work, in particular by her wonderful illustrations, which combine naivety and sophistication in a perfectly balanced and deeply enchanting manner. In the end I bought my niece some gifts, and then decided to treat myself to The Moomins & the Great Flood.

I didn't consciously choose the first Moomintroll adventure, but on getting home and reading it, was delighted to discover that I had chanced upon the first chapter in this beguiling story. The Sort Of edition is very nicely put together, as a medium format hardback with a yellow cloth binding to the spine (not shown on Amazon's product page photo, for some reason). Print and paper quality, font choices, design and layout, etc., are all of a piece with Jansson's gorgeous aesthetic.

The story and the artwork combine perfectly, and can be enjoyed either in their own right or together, and both, like the aforementioned art that drew me in, are a perfectly judged balance of simplicity and artfulness. As a writer and illustrator myself Jansson is now both a pure pleasure to be enjoyed and an inspiration to be learned from. I find almost all of her writing and artwork, albeit to differing degrees in differing instances, entirely and intoxicatingly wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 10 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Definately a five-star rating - fantastic picture quality, really good size, it arrived incredibly promptly and in a good state, and I enjoyed reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New experience for Moomin fans 9 Dec 2012
By Maygirl
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought as a gift, but had to read as my children knew and loved the Moomins. I thoroughly enjoyed it,
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moomins and the Great Flood 25 Nov 2012
Recent years have seen the publication of some beautifully bound and produced Moomin books, such as The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My and Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley by Sort of Books. Now we have the gorgeous "The Moomins and the Great Flood". This was, in fact, the very first Moomin story, published in Finland in 1945 and out of print for many years. It is a stunningly beautiful book, nicely bound and complete with original sepia watercolours and pen and ink drawings.

The story is about 60 pages long and begins with Moomintroll and his mother arriving at the deepest part of the great forest, searching for a snug, warm place to build a house in for the winter. It is a well known fact that Moomins cannot stand the cold, so their search is an important one. Along the way they have many adventures, encounter many other creatures and discover the valley they make their home. Tove Jansson created a magical and beloved world and it is a delight to read this first story, so lovingly produced. My children adored it and this would make an ideal addition to any child's bookshelf.
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Published 2 months ago by A. V. Baik
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy first entry into the Moomin world
Easy first entry into the Moomin world. Drawings beautifully coloured and reproduced in our hardback version. Not too many characters yet so my 8 yr old loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Lovely little story with delightful characters. Highly recommended for the young and old alike and a must for any moomin fan.
Published 4 months ago by Rach
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moomins and the Great Flood
All the Moomin books and Comic strips are great fun also for adults. To read again and again! Invest in the hardbacks
Published 4 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars moomin world
I've read the whole stories as a child. I felt like reading again after my recent trip to Finland. Timeless piece.
Published 4 months ago by K N
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
This was bought as a gift for a 40 year old Moomin fan who was absolutely thrilled to bits with it.
Published 7 months ago by SPat
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic trip into the past with my girls!
Love, love, love! I read these books when I was little and watched the TV adaptation in the early 80s. My girls (aged 4 and 5 1/2) sat transfixed whilst I read to them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice read
Very nice story, nicely wrote. I bought it ,because I remember the cartoon from my childhood, and I wanted to compare it with the book. Very good read!
Published 8 months ago by Ewa Nowok
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