Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

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The first Moomin novel by Tove Jansson. 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 to ask the Professor if a comet is really on its way to destroy the Earth. On their journey they meet some interesting people - such as Snufkin the super tramp, and the Hemulen who rescuesthem from an underground tunnel - and have narrow escapes from such menaces as crocodiles and giant lizards. And on their way back Moomintroll meets the beautiful Snork Maiden and is a changed Moomin for ever after. But what about the comet - and is the World Wiped Out? more

Product details

  • 8+
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 12mm | 117.94g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140302867
  • 9780140302868
  • 95,831

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They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them...a perfect marriage of word and picture -- Philip Pullman I have long been a passionate Moomin appreciator - it's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design -- Lauren Childshow 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

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)show more