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Moominsummer Madness (Moomintrolls)


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ISBN13: 9780312608910
ISBN10: 0312608918
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When a flood sweeps through the valley, the Moomins must find a new house. And with typical Moomin good luck, one just happens to be floating by. It looks normal enough, but there are curtains where one wall should be, strange rows of lights, and other odd amenities. Then Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden disappear, and the family realize that the house may hold the answers to more than they ever dreamed.


Flooded out of their old home, the resourceful Moomin family readily take to life in a floating theatre where many strange things happen, odd even by Moomin standards.

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TOVE JANSSON grew up in Helsinki, Finland. She is the author of nine novels and four original picture books about the Moomintrolls which have been translated into 34 languages. She was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Children’s Book Medal for her body of work. Jansson died in 2001 at the age of eighty-six.

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Home School Book Review, January 19, 2015 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Do you know what Moomins are? They are a family of white, roundish fanciful creatures with large snouts like hippopotamuses and are the subjects of a series of nine children’s fairy tale like books written and illustrated by Tove Marika Jansson (1914��"2001), a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator, and comic strip author. There are Moominpappa, Moominmamma, their son Moomintroll, his girlfriend the Snork Maiden, and a host of other eccentric characters. The first such book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, in which they come to live in their present home of Moominvalley, appeared in 1945, though it was the next two books, Comet in Moominland (1946) and Finn Family Moomintroll (1948), that brought the author fame. Moominsummer Madness is book number 4. The English translation was made by Thomas Warburton.

When a flood sweeps through their valley around midsummer time, the Moomins must find a new house, and one just happens to come floating by. It seems to be normal enough, although there are curtains where one wall should be, strange rows of lights, a revolving stage, and other odd amenities. So they hop on board and go riding down the river. Then Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden disappear. Can the Moomins ever make it back to their home in Moominvalley? Or has it been completely destroyed? And will they be able to find Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden? Other than references to drinking palm wine and smoking a pipe, there is really nothing objectionable or inappropriate in this story. However, it is a book of silly nonsense with a somewhat bizarre plot and a lot of rather random conversation. If one is looking for a children’s version of “theatre of the absurd,” this would fit the bill. However, anyone who is wanting a story that makes sense and follows a logical sequence would probably not care for it.

Another reader reviewer well captures my reaction. “For me this book was a mess ��" disjointed, self indulgent, and self important, with so many characters it left my and my child’s heads in a spin. Finally managed to struggle through it, but in hind-sight, the book had little that was coherent about it, and left me wishing we had read something else.” However, if awards impress you, for her contribution as a children’s writer Jansson received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966. The other books in the series are The Exploits of Moominpappa, or Moominpappa’s Memoirs; Moominland Midwinter; Tales from Moominvalley; Moominpappa at Sea; and Moominvalley in November. In addition to the novels, there are five picture books (The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My; Who Will Comfort Toffle?; The Dangerous Journey; An Unwanted Guest; and Songs from Moominvalley), and the Moomins have since been the basis for a comic strip that ran between 1945 and 1993, some comic books, numerous television series, several films, and even a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland. If this kind of thing floats your boat, then have at it, but it isn’t my cup of tea (to mix metaphors badly).
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Jansson, Tove
Square Fish
Warburton, Thomas
Warburton, Thomas
Fantasy & Magic
Family - General
Action & Adventure - General
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Series Volume:
No. 4
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Grade Level:
from 4 to 7
Black-and-white illustrations
8.26 x 5.49 x 0.485 in
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