Comet in Moominland
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Comet in Moominland

By (author) Tove Jansson , Read by Hugh Dennis , Illustrated by Tove Jansson , Translated by Elizabeth Portch

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A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do!Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll decides to find out. So, with Sniff, he sets out on an expedition that promises to be packed with adventure and excitement!

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 12mm | 117.94g
  • 22 Feb 1990
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PUFFIN
  • English
  • 0140302867
  • 9780140302868
  • 54,702

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Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into over 40 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.

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“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 masterpie

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Moominpapa has settled down to his memoirs but Moomintroll is on the road with the same adventuresome spirit and snowballing gregariousness as his retired father. Learning that a comet will soon collide with the earth, he sets out across the sea to the observatory to find out when, Sniff at his side. They gather up Snufkin and the Snork Maiden on the way, get the information so easily it's hardly worth a chapter and trek back across the dried-up ocean bottom. The journey seems pointless (though imaginative in the Jansson manner) especially after the quick letdown end (the comet misses the earth, all goes back to normal) and the Ingenuous childishness of the bestiary is beginning to get cute. Moomin-addicts won't complain though, and this episode is more suited to children than the last one was. (Kirkus Reviews)

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