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Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson

Finn Family Moomintroll
Title:
Finn Family Moomintroll
Author:
Tove Jansson
ISBN:
0380003503
ISBN13:
978-0380003501
Size fb2:
1481 kb
Size epub:
1322 kb
Publisher:
Avon Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 1975)
Language:
English
Other formats:
mobi docx lrf mobi
Rating:
4.7
Votes:
734
Category:
Children's Books
Subcategory:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Moomintroll, Sniff, and Snufkin, who live in the forests of Finland, find a Hobgoblin's Hat
  • Hidden Winter
As endearing, imaginative, quirky, wise and rich in incident & character as "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this story of the great tsumani/tidal wave at Moomin Valley & what the Moomins discovered blends with a second theme: what Snuffkin's settling a deep & bitter score with the Park Keeper brought in the way of 24 small woodies who call Snufkin (Snufkin, of all people!), "Pappa.'

The drawings are splendidly suited to the text and vice versa. Never a wave so tidal, never a stage so full of high drama, and never Snufkin, Little My, the Filljonk and more brought more fully alive! This book was born to be read aloud, acted out, and literally, to be ROF & LOL at the humor, the wisdom, and the amazing what-happens-next in the perplexities.

It truly IS a Midsummer's Even madness, comedic, and the Moomins at their happiest. First off, cinders spot Moominmamma's fresh laundry, thanks to a far-away volcanic eruption. The eruption is soon followed by a tidal wave, swift and strong that drives all the family first on to their roof, then into a theater floating by. There in one of the funniest send-ups of The Theatre & iambic pentameter, the Moomins and their newest acquaintances---Emma the theatre rat, Whomper, and Misabel---enact a drama involving a lion.

Meanwhile, Snufkin pursuig a lifelong determination to put the demogagic, mean mean mean Park Keeper out of business, encounters Little My whose sister, the Mymble's Daughter, acutely says, "Little My can take care of herself. I'm worried about the people whose paths she crosses." Together, they pursue their revenge which involves---as noted---the acquisition of wandering, independent, unattached Snufkin by 24 adorable young woodies. Snufkin as an anxious pappa is a revealation & tender delight.

But wait, meanwhile, in the third strand, Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden who have been swept away in the flood encounter a depressed Fillyjonk, bringing their transformative love into creating a great Midsummer Night's bonfire than gets them into the clutches of a Hemulic jailkeeper!

And, and, and-----this just BEGINS the story! The tale so far is not a spoiler.

A joy for children of all ages, Jansson at her (and our) happiest and best! Yes, there are shadows yet while being terrified, miserable, anxious CAN be a feeling, it does NOT define one's life or one's own feelings with a little help from our friends.
  • Hulore
Based on some mega Moomin fan advice, we read this book first — and it has inspired a complete adoration for all things Tove Jansson in our five-year-old. The compelling blend of fun adventures, family bonds, diverse personalities and seasonal stories match our imaginative but very people-focused kid’s worldview. But this book also has opened up new daydream topics and curiosity about nature.

The stories in this book - from a magical hat to a quick family trip on the sea - are exciting and interesting. But beyond that, Jansson’s well-written (even in translation) text offers a kind and nuanced approach to its characters. Even in conflict, the characters find collaborative solutions. When someone’s quirks might be perceived as problematic, the characters instead accept and often embrace difference.

I just adore this book, the sweet illustrations sprinkled throughout and the wonderful writing.
  • Amerikan_Volga
If you grew up with the Moomintrolls just as I did, you'll probably be just as happy as I was to know that the books are not only available but still in print and you can order brand new unblemished copies. If you didn't grow up with the Moomintroll books, it's never too late to learn to love them or teach the kids in your life to do so. To the uninitiated, it's hard to explain what makes the Moomintrolls so great. Sometimes there are great adventures in their tales but often they are distinguished from other so-called children's literature by the quiet, philosophical bent of much of the text. Either way they're gems not to be missed. (NOTE: when I say "so-called children's literature" it's not because I disdain children's literature but rather that I disdain the idea that it's just for children. A Wrinkle in Time, the Moomintroll books, The Phantom Tollbooth, these are great books and they remain worth reading at any age.)
  • Gholbirdred
As a child, I read the Moomin books by Tove Jansson back in the 1950s and was delighted to find they are available through Amazon in excellent and reasonably-priced hardcover editions, with the wonderful illustrations intact. 'Finn Family Moomintroll' was always my favorite and is still, though they are all good.

The Moomins are small animals, like pygmy hippos except that they walk on two feet. They live near the sea in Moomin Valley, with various other creatures both real and imaginary, like Sniff, the Muskrat and the Hemulen. What is wonderful about the Moomins is that they are completely accepting of everyone and, indeed, invite anyone who turns up not only to stay with them, but to move in to their ever-expanding household. Various adventures happen to them (in this book mostly arising out of their unwitting acquisition of the Hobgoblin's Hat, which transforms anything that is put into it), but although the author never lapses into sugary sweetness, nothing ever ends unhappily, even for the fearsome Groke.

Ms. Jansson's imagination is marvelous in its inventiveness and detail, and the illustrations bring the characters to life visually. For anyone who has children in the 7-11 range, or for adults like me who are old enough to be children again, this book and its companions will bring nothing but happiness.
  • Yananoc
These books are timeless. Thank you for keeping them available for the reading world. I was introduced to them as a youngster in the early 70s. I've just purchased a set of the original six books for the neighbors' little girls. They are now well loved at their house, too. Moonintroll and his friends are right up there with Winnie The Pooh in my book.