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The Dangerous Journey (Moomin Valley Trilogy) Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Sort of Books; Main edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954899598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954899592
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The gloriously vibrant illustrations together with the deft rhyming text make this picture book an absolute delight (Outside In)

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Celebrating sixty years of the Moomins in English - A delightful picture book in rhyme that completes the Moomin Valley trilogy

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It is delightful to have this book available after having been out of print for decades. It is a simple story told in picture book style for younger children, but as with all of the Moomin stories is full of insight. The illustrations are everything in this book and they show that Jansson was a great artist as well as an author. They appear to be watercolour, and are worth studying for their technique alone. You get the impression that the paintings came first and the story was built up around them.

The book has one quite irritating flaw, and that is the translation by Sophie Hannah. She has translated the other two Moomin picture book reprints, which she did very well, but in this book she uses contemporary slang on several occasions, which does not fit with the story and is likely to date very quickly. Phrases such as "let it go" and "high five" may be innocuous enough to a child, but are completely out of keeping with the characters or Jansson's style.
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Having only just recently got into Tove Jansson's charming Moomin Valley tales, I've jumped from her first few episodes (The Great Flood, Comet in Moominland) to what I've heard is her last, The Dangerous Journey. Sort Of books are doing Jansson proud, with a series of beautiful editions, but I have to admit, this is my first slight disappointment in Moominland. Don't get me wrong, it's still very charming and enchanting, just not quite as seductively magical, to me, as the other episodes. Perhaps Jansson too felt this, and hence left off hereafter?

The pictures are, for the most part, very beautiful, and Jansson is a great artist/illustrator - and there's one in particular I like because it has a very Tolkienian feel in places (the two have in common a certain northern-European earthiness bordering on the pagan) - but the verse form, whilst cutely disarming, isn't my favourite instance of Jansson's literary style. Perhaps this isn't helped by the translation and type-setting. Personally I don't like the use of different fonts for different characters' names, and I'm with those reviewers that feel that 'high five' sounds out of place in Moomin Valley.

Still, it remains a mostly very beautiful and enchanting work, if not quite up there with the best and most beguiling of Jansson's Moomin Valley themed output.
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Here is the last, of three, Moomin picture books written and illustrated by Tove Jansson.

Obviously inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, bored Suzannah dons a magical pair of glasses and is transported to Moominland.

Jansson's poem is translated by Sophie Hannah, who used Silvester Mazzarella's literal translation but the main draw of the book is Jansson's artwork; the use of watercolour creating a very ethereally magical setting and shows how wonderful an artist Jansson was.

Hannah does sometimes use modern terminology which is a little annoying. 'High five'? No thank you!

Otherwise, a joy!
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Beautifully written, translated and illustrated. Gentle Moomin tale which should appeal to all ages.The book looks very old fashioned and is.
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The Dangerous Journey is a wonderfully illustrated short story (ideal kids bedtime reading), about A4 size hardback, and quite thin (14 pages). Another lovely tale from Tove Jansson.
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I'm in my fifth decade and this is my second reading, for me this time, not to my (now adult) children. Can't wait for grandchildren so I can see the wonder in their eyes. Such philosophy and quirky charm. Highly recommend all Jansson's books for all ages ... eternal classics.
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Tove's books are a treasure. The illustrations are wonderful and we are very luckky that so many are available through print.
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