Moominsummer Madness

Moominsummer Madness

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It all began with a hot day in June, and a volcano dropping black ash on Moominmamma's washing. Then a crack appeared in the ground, and Moomintroll's toothbrush slipped straight down into the dark and yawning earth. Then a great flood wave came crashing through Moomin Valley. And that was why the Moomins found themselves a new home, and why they all had so many strange adventures, ones that were odd even by Moomin more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 108 x 176 x 10mm | 80g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140305017
  • 9780140305012
  • 101,097

Review quote

“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.” –"Wall Street Journal" “It’s difficult not to be drawn in by the adventures of Moomintroll and his family. . . . The Moominfolk face life’s odd twists and occasional disasters with philosophical calm—an unusual and endearing perspective that will hook readers of all ages.”—"Publishers Weekly"“Jannson’s invention and philosophy of life remain as appealing as ever.”—"The Horn Book"“Read this Finnish classic for Jansson’s quirky humor and lightly satiric view of life.”—"St. Petersburg Press"“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, andshow more

About Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson was born in Finland in 1914. She began her career as a cartoonist and went on to write and illustrate many books for adults and children. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, and in 1945 he became a character in a children's story. Tove became world-famous for her Moomin books, which began with Comet in Moominland in 1946, closely followed by Finn Family Moomintroll and six more Moomin adventures. Tove Jansson received many prestigious awards during her lifetime, including the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal. She died in 2001, aged more

Review Text

The odd adventures of an even odder group of make-believe characters take them through a tidal wave to the strangest house imaginable with everything made of paper, wood or plaster. They soon discover the house is a theater and they proceed with typical misadventures to write and stage a play. Optimism always reigns as Moominpapa, Moominmama, the Snork Maiden, Little My, Misabel and a host of others engage in a labyrinth of whimsy. The wit here and there may be a bit sophisticated for the age level, but the story loaded with situation will appeal to those with a preference for intricate fancy. (Kirkus Reviews)show more