Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland

by Jansson, Tove Jansson
     
 

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When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley.

Overview

When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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."—Michele Landsberg, 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

"This book in Jansson's series about the Moomins and their friends-small, indescribable Scandinavian creatures-tells of their adventures in trying to save themselves from a comet. A gentle, offbeat fantasy." —The Horn Book

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Tove Jansson (1914—2001) is a legend in Finland. This Moomin book was first published in English in 1951; the Moomin series went on to become a cult in many languages, inspiring a comic strip, a play, a television puppet series, a Japanese animated series, and a theme park in Finland. Tove Jansson won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966. Since 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the Moomins' appearance, there is a new American edition with bright covers, the same translation, and all of Jansson's strikingly original pen-and-ink illustrations. Comet in Moominland has a strange, almost prophetic resonance: there have been warnings of a comet heading straight for Moomin Valley. As Moomintroll and his friends Sniff, Snufkin, and the Snork maiden—an illustrated cast list is provided—set out on a journey to find a faraway observatory, the flaming comet comes steadily closer. The friends encounter a desert, overgrown animals, shrinking seas, barren mountains, a poisonous bush, and a tornado. Their adventures are a child's dream of freedom and enabling parents, but, as a good adventure should, this one ends with the adventurers safely home just in the nick of time. About the comet, Jansson tells us that "if it had come a tiny bit nearer to the earth I am quite sure that none of us would be here now. But it just gave a whisk of its tail and swept off to another solar system far away." Though some critics find the Moomins a trifle whimsical—they do evoke the ambience of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows—there are sure to be readers and listeners who will adore their magical, amusing, very Nordic world. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374413316
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Series:
Moomins Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books. Born into an artistic family—her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator—Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu.

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