Most Helpful First | Newest First
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More beautifully haunting adventures from Moominvalley,
By A Customer
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) (Paperback)Although this book isn't the strongest in the series, it still makes for a great read. The Moomins take up the life of actors (bizarrely!)during a flood of Moominvalley and Jansson, as always, shows this in a light that sets her apart from other authors of the same genre. It never ceases to amaze me how I could appreciate her books as a 10 year old and now nearly 20 years on I'm reading the same novel in the same way but with a completely different spin. This is an excellent read for adults and children alike. Don't stop here though, there's a wealth of Moomin related adventures to discover. This book and it's companions will entertain for years to come.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful whimsy!!!,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) (Paperback)I grew up with the Moomins on tv, but I never actually read any of the books. Untill now. And what fun and whimsical stuff this is. So much better than tv. T. Jansson's wonderful illustrations, the utter madness and whimsy of it all. It is just pure fun to read.
I reckon you have to be a bit mad and whimsical yourself to "get" these books, and they're all about. But wow, they will be around forever!
Moominsummer Madness tells the story of when the Moominvalley is flooded by a huge tidal wave. The Moomin house is lost and the family, with some new friends, move into a floating, abandoned theatre! Great fun for all of the family!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moomin fun guaranteed to please any child.,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Moomintroll) (Hardcover)This book is wonderful. The world Tove Jansson created is a complete one-off, an enchanted and enchanting place for children to escape to in their imaginations.
According to the publishers, this book is aimed at readers 9+ in this translation, but really I wouldn't hold your child back if they are ready for it. My seven year old son is currently reading it, and while I'd say it's certainly the most difficult book he's read so far, he is lapping it up. Every time he puts it down after a stint of reading he cmes to tell me what has been going on in Moomin valley.
In addition to the exciting story, the book contains many illustrations of the many weird and wonderful characters, and these serve to bring the story even further to life. My own childhood experience of the Moomins was that slightly weird but oddly charming Polish animated seires that ITV put on the in the early 80s. That was good, but you can't beat the real deal, and I'm so glad my son is reading the books for himself.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that this book comes in a very nicely made hardback format. It seems you pay a little more to get this particular edition, but I'd say it's well worth it. Not only does it mean it'll last longer (I have two other children who doubtless will get round to reading this book) but the hardback is really well made, giving it a classic feel which matches the contents.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) (Paperback)Daughter loves this book - arrived speedily and in immaculate condition. Highly recommended read for kids - fun unusual light read for young readers :)
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) (Paperback)Made the perfect gift for family member, a classic read for a keen young reader. The book arrived on time and in good condition.
5.0 out of 5 stars children love this,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) (Paperback)my small daughter love Moomin books, I love them too, it keeps her busy while I watch the news. They are a real treat for kids.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Moomins,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) (Paperback)My 9 year old son and I are working our way through the Moomin books - we love them. This book is an exciting adventure for Moomintroll, we loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Misabel! How I adore you!,
This review is from: Moominsummer Madness (Moomintroll) (Hardcover)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 fifth in the series, Moominsummer Madness, where a volcanic eruption causes Moomin Valley to flood which forces all the Moomin family to take refuge on a floating stage along with new characters such as Misabel, by far my favourite character from the Moomin series.
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 joy that is Misabel.
Most Helpful First | Newest First
Moominsummer Madness (Puffin Books) by Tove Jansson (Paperback - 27 Feb 2003)