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“There is, in short, everything in the Moon books: giant comets and secret caves and tree houses and stilts and magic-carpet clouds and amusement parks run by despotic practical-joking kings and time machines and ski instructors.” ―Harper's

“We need Moominland for its gentle pace, its sense of beauty and awe, and its spirit of friendliness and empathy―now more than ever.” ―
The Horn Book

“These charming fantasies are propelled by a childlike curiosity and filled with quiet wisdom, appealing geniality, and a satisfying sense of self-discovery.” ―
School Library Journal.com

“If you had no shame reading
Harry Potter on the subway, there's no need to hide Tove Jansson's witty, whimsically illustrated Finnish series.” ―Daily Candy

“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.” ―
Wall Street Journal

“It's more than forty years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch.” ―
The Washington Post Book World

“The adventures of the easygoing Moomintrolls have all the crispness and tart surprise of a lingonberry, thanks to Jansson's ineffably light touch, her uncanny sensitivity to universal childhood emotions, and her gift for terse, naturalistic dialogue.” ―
Entertainment Weekly

“A gentle, offbeat fantasy.” ―
The Horn Book

“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 completely universal.” ―
Philip Pullman

“Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children's writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over sixty and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood.” ―
Sir Terry Pratchett

“Clever, gentle, witty, and completely engrossing.” ―
Jeff Smith, author of Bone

“It's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design.” ―
Lauren Child

“[Tove Jansson] is a master.” ―
The Times Literary Supplement (London)

“The most original works for children to be published since the Pooh books, and possibly, since Alice.” ―
Saturday Review

“You will declare yourself a citizen of Moominvalley and call the stories your own--the Moomin world is that compelling.” ―
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About the Author

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books, including Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll. Born into an artistic family―her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator―Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Square Fish; Reissue edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312608888
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312608880
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years, from customers
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 4 - 6
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.32 x 0.51 x 8.22 inches
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Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was born in Helsinki, and was an illustrator and political cartoonist for the left-leaning, anti-Fascist magazine Garm. She created a long-running comic strip and a series of children's books featuring the much-loved hippopotamus-like character, Moomintroll. She is also the author of eleven novels and short-story collections for adults, including The Summer Book and The True Deceiver. In 1994, she was awarded the Prize of the Swedish Academy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the way the stories model how to accept differences
By Kirsten on March 26, 2018
The first book written in the series, this introduces the core characters through several vignette stories. Tove Jansson’s text is punctuated by illustrations — one every few pages — that help little readers of listeners to visualize the story.

Our five-year-old loves the adventuresome characters, the unique personalities and the connection to nature. I love the way the stories model how to accept differences, help friends with projects and welcome those who need help.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate shortcuts taken
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2021
This is not a review of the book's literary merit or specific translation, just the quality of the particular edition.

My first impression was full of mixed feelings but disappointment over a lost chance was the most prominent one. The book is a delightful size, barely bigger than an adult's palm, almost as if inviting a kid to crawl under a blanket fort on a lazy Sunday afternoon and hungrily pour over the text in all sorts of acrobatic, yet for kids somehow comfy, positions. The dustjacket, the minimalist print on the face of the hardcover itself, and the colourful endpapers were designed with obvious fondness. The font is just the right size, clear and easy to read, the paper an off-white colour.
However, for the following reasons I will not be purchasing other books from the collection:

1) These books aren't made to last. There will be no passing this on as a family heirloom to the kids of your kids as that beloved story you read a thousand times. Unfortunately, the binding is glued despite this being a hardback. As a result, the book doesn't lay flat so brace yourself for some workout for your hand muscles, fighting the book on every page as it attempts to shut itself.
2) The paper is so thin, not only do the illustrations bleed through but so does the text. On every page, you can entertain yourself trying to read ahead backwards.

I've learnt already that in the UK I can't expect more for the price but the real letdown is there aren't (m)any alternatives. Surely, there must be more people who love books enough to wish them to last a lifetime and would be willing to cough up a couple Starbucks coffees’ worth to get them in decent quality.

That being said, this might still be the only way to get to read the stories at all and the illustrations are of course lovely so as long as you don't expect longevity or quality above that of a paperback, you should still be in for a treat.

Reviewing the edition published by Sort of Books in 2017, ISBN: 978-1-908745-65-1., priced £9 at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danger in the Skies
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Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars and enjoy the story as something like an innocent romp
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime enchantment
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy!
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