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The Moomins and the Great Flood: Tove Jansson (original 1945; edition 2012)

by Tove Jansson (Author)

Series: Moomintrolls (1)

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Comic and Graphic Books. Juvenile Fiction. Moominmamma and Moomintroll need to find a home for the winter, someplace where sun is plentiful and safe from the dangers of the unknown. But before they can settle down, they must cross a dark and sinister forest and find their way through a flood of epic proportions, all the while hoping that they will find Moominpappa again. Their journey seems daunting but they forge ahead, with Moominmamma's kindness and patience giving Moomin the courage he needs to face the strange, unexplored path that lies ahead of them. Written during the 1939-40 Finnish-Soviet Union conflict, or The Winter War, Jansson uses the unusual setting of a natural catastrophe to provide the background of her first children's book and the first appearance of her beloved Moomin characters. She wrote this as her escape from the horrors of war and its many consequences, but rather than avoiding the problems that war raises, she uses these as a basis for the many obstacles that the characters face, from separated families to forced displacement. With beautiful black and white artwork interspersed throughout the text and curious, playful prose, you find yourself rooting for the Moomins and their quest to find Moominpappa and a place to call home.… (more)
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Title:The Moomins and the Great Flood: Tove Jansson
Authors:Tove Jansson (Author)
Info:Sort of Books (2012), Edition: Main, 64 pages
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The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson (Author) (1945)

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Although I came across the moomins as a child and read a couple of the books, this first in the series, in a recent English translation, was new to me. This presents the moomintroll world in a prototype form. The illustrations show them as less well rounded than their familiar later incarnations, and the Sniff character joins them for the first time but is unnamed, and is just 'the little animal' or similar throughout. There is also a nice dryad type character who bows out before the strory ends, and who I have not encountered in the others I've read. However, some of the background is sketched in, with mentions in passing of some of the weird characters that populate moomintroll world: Hemulens and Snufkins for example.

Where the book has weaknesses, they are in both characterisation and plot. Moomintroll and his mother are on a sometimes perilous quest, but their motive changes. They start off looking for somewhere to make a warm home to hibernate over winter, but along they way their journey turns into a search for Moominpapa who went off with the Hattenfatteners, another strange creature I'd previously encountered in other tales. He seems to have left their original home, behind the stove in a human home, for no really defined reason other than wanderlust.

The other problem is that the flood of the title is a bit of a damp squib when it finally happens. However, the illustrations which include sepia paintings as well as the usual line drawings make up for that, and the production of the editon by 'Sort ofBooks' is very nicely done, so overall I'm rating this at 4 stars. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Like others have said, not the greatest Moomins thing but an enjoyable enough kids fantasy adventure thing. Moominmama is great and the illustrations are charming as ever ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
Delightfully odd children's story. Just dark enough to be engaging. I don't normally like things this random but it rides that fine line between absurd and compelling. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Such a sweet little book! I love the Moomins and Tove's stories. I decided to start reading them again because I need something light hearted right now. Love Moomintroll and cannot wait to reread the other books too. ( )
  klcarmack | Nov 12, 2021 |
Been trying to get my hands on this one for ages. it is exactly as good as I'd hoped, which is *very* good. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
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Jansson, ToveAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kicherer, BirgittaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDuff, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Comic and Graphic Books. Juvenile Fiction. Moominmamma and Moomintroll need to find a home for the winter, someplace where sun is plentiful and safe from the dangers of the unknown. But before they can settle down, they must cross a dark and sinister forest and find their way through a flood of epic proportions, all the while hoping that they will find Moominpappa again. Their journey seems daunting but they forge ahead, with Moominmamma's kindness and patience giving Moomin the courage he needs to face the strange, unexplored path that lies ahead of them. Written during the 1939-40 Finnish-Soviet Union conflict, or The Winter War, Jansson uses the unusual setting of a natural catastrophe to provide the background of her first children's book and the first appearance of her beloved Moomin characters. She wrote this as her escape from the horrors of war and its many consequences, but rather than avoiding the problems that war raises, she uses these as a basis for the many obstacles that the characters face, from separated families to forced displacement. With beautiful black and white artwork interspersed throughout the text and curious, playful prose, you find yourself rooting for the Moomins and their quest to find Moominpappa and a place to call home.

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