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on 12 October 2001
I hadn't read a Moomin book in 30 years, and (like so many) started again because my own son was of an age for them.
They're quite, quite, beautiful.
As children's books, they work well. Small peculiar creatures have amusing adventures, in stories just the right size for bedtime. They're not the only series of such tales, but they're one of my favourites.
It's as an adult reading them though, that their true quality becomes apparent. Until you read something of this quality, it's hard to remember that children's fiction doesn't have to be trite. There are many little themes in these books about real fears that children have, about approaching friendship, separation and loss or bravery and loyalty.
I'm tired of reading children's books (particularly for bedtime) that are just no fun for the adult doing the reading. Moomins are so much better - it's the sort of book where you read one chapter aloud, then finish the rest of the book on your own afterwards.