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Finn Family Moomintroll (original 1958; edition 1958)

by Tove Jansson

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They had had many strange adventures on this river and had brought home many new friends. Moomintroll's mother and father always welcomed all their friends in the same quiet way, just adding another bed and putting another leaf in the dining-room table. And so Moominhouse was rather full - a place where everyone did what they liked and seldom worried about tomorrow. Very often unexpected and disturbing things used to happen, but nobody ever had time to be bored, and that is always a good thing.

The story begins with the inhabitants of Moomin Valley getting ready to hibernate and continues with their adventures during the spring and summer of the following year, which are triggered by the discovery of a magical hat on top of a mountain and a sailing-boat washed up on the shore.

It is a story full of small joys and I really enjoyed scenes such as Sniff ad Moomintroll agreeing a swap of the treasures they had found while beach-combing, Moominmamma casually putting down her axe after the family confronted the Groke, the Snork Maiden's jealousy over a beautiful ship's figurehead and Thingummy and Bob's kind-hearted wish at the end of the book. ( )
  isabelx | Apr 5, 2015 |
A little more melancholy, a little less plot-driven than Comet in Moominland. Lovely all the same. ( )
  lisapeet | Nov 25, 2014 |
Amazing how memories persist. I had strong recollections of some of the scenes of "Comet in Moominland," but more or less had drawn a blank on this one -- but then certain memories started to return: the barometer reading zero, christening the boat, the found figurehead, the ruby, and Sniff's magnificent wish. What a lovely book. Jacob adored it. ( )
  ben_a | Nov 9, 2014 |
My daughter loved this so much that she picked it out to give to friends for their kids' birthdays.

Gender: The gender roles are somewhat dated, unfortunately. But with a little discussion, that can be handled, I think, and the imaginativeness and fun of this series can't be beaten. ( )
  lquilter | Oct 13, 2014 |
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Tove Janssonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Järvinen, LailaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Portch, ElizabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One grey morning the first snow began to fall in the Valley of the Moomins.
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First published in Swedish as 'Trollkarlens hatt'
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The Moomins, creatures always ready for adventure, find a magical hat that can change anything-or anyone-into something else!

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Moomintroll and his friends find the Hobgoblin's hat, which can turn anything, or anyone, into something else.

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