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Moominland Midwinter (Moomins Book 5) Kindle Edition
Everyone knows the Moomins sleep through the winter. But this year, Moomintroll has woken up early. So while the rest of the family slumber, he decides to visit his favorite summer haunts. But all he finds is this strange white stuff. Even the sun is gone! Moomintroll is angry: whoever Winter is, she has some nerve. Determined to discover the truth about this most mysterious of all seasons, Moomintroll goes where no Moomin has gone before.
This book is a marvelous new look at a time of year when many of us are huddling inside, trying to stay warm, and a good reminder during a hot summer of what to look forward to in a few short months. (The Green Man Review)
Timeless . . . Perfect for reading aloud . . . The magical adventures of the innocent Moomin family have the whimsical, surrealistic quality of Frank Baum's Oz books. (Chicago Parent)
The Moomins originated in Finland, found their way to England, and have now, happily, crossed the Atlantic. One couldn't ask for more engaging citizens. (The Christian Science Monitor)
The books . . . belong on the shelf next to classics like A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Tollbooth. (Entertainment Weekly)
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)
[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. (Riverbank Review)
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)
[Jansson was] a whiz of tomfoolery who was also a profound guide to the human heart. (Shelley Jackson, LA Weekly) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00MLMS9SK
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 2, 2014)
- Publication date : September 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 10651 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 159 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #648,579 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While many of the earlier Moomin books (Comet in Mooninland, Moominsummer Madness) are geared squarely at children, some of the later books are more melancholy and meditative -- those are my favorites (Moominland Midwinter and Moominpapa at Sea).
However, I do still recommend you go to the official moomin online store for moomkn items. The offical site donates to a great cause with purchases.
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This thus gives us a different insight into Moomin and others but reminds us all of how winter can be cold, bleak and depressing to many. Thankfully, although our little friend at first starts off lonely and afraid, so he soon comes across others, making new friends and finding out what goes on when he is normally asleep.
With Too-ticky taking over the bathing house for the winter months so Moomin finds himself in a somewhat alien world, where he is an outsider and things that would appear normal to him seem somewhat strange due to the snow and ice. This makes the book ideal for adults and children as it gives us a magical tale full of charm but reminds us all of the loneliness and dark thoughts that can lay in our hearts.
With wonderful illustrations throughout this is another great read that all will eagerly lap up. Tove Jansson whilst writing these books took in what was going on in the real world, and so this does seep through into the stories, and so there are the realities of being made homeless and being a refugee along with the stark reality that winter can be a bad time for a lot of people, and with the scarcity of food so we need to look out for others, although in this case for us nowadays this means putting out something for the birds and other animals.
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 sixth novel in the series, Moominland Midwinter, where Moomintroll wakes during the Moomin's winter hibernation and can't get back to sleep. It's again an adventure story, with Moomintroll and Little My meeting plenty of previously unknown characters that stay awake during the winter, mainly Too-ticky who now lives in the bathing-house. The difference is that you delve deeper into Moomintroll's character. It's set in a rather dark, lonely and introspective environment but because of this, shows us Moomintroll's and Moominmamma's unconditional love for each other. The final chapter, when Moominmamma awakes, is very moving. Again acceptance is the theme running throughout the book.
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 final chapter.