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Moominsummer Madness (Moomins Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Feb 2003
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"The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring." -"Wall Street Journal" "It's difficult not to be drawn in by the adventures of Moomintroll and his family. . . . The Moominfolk face life's odd twists and occasional disasters with philosophical calm-an unusual and endearing perspective that will hook readers of all ages."-"Publishers Weekly""Jannson's invention and philosophy of life remain as appealing as ever."-"The Horn Book""Read this Finnish classic for Jansson's quirky humor and lightly satiric view of life."-"St. Petersburg Press""A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece."-Neil Gaiman"Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and
A great flood wave threatens Moomin Valley! When the Moomin family is flooded out of its home, the Moomins set about finding themselves a new one. And being resourceful little creatures, they soon find a very original one: a floating theatre!See all Product description
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The story is adorable, and I remember reading a few Moomin books in my school library, back in 70s. So a lovely bit of nostalgia. Plus I recently saw a Tove Jansson documentary on BBC TV, so I got the benefit all of that lovely subtext about her 'coming out' to her family. Bless.
PS: a moan from a luddite - I know that Hugh Dennis has recorded the rest of the Moon books (as audio downloads), but I want them on CD. Come on publishers, roll out the format!
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.
There is, for me, one big disappointment with each Moomin book. Coming to the very last page.
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