The Dangerous Journey (Moomin Valley Trilogy) Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010
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The gloriously vibrant illustrations together with the deft rhyming text make this picture book an absolute delight (Outside In)
Celebrating sixty years of the Moomins in English - A delightful picture book in rhyme that completes the Moomin Valley trilogySee all Product description
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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.
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.