Moominpappa's Memoirs

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When stricken with a severe cold, Moominpappa decides to set down an account of his eventful youth, which he shares chapter by chapter with Moomintroll, Sniff, and Snufkin.

When stricken with a severe cold, Moominpappa decides to set down an account of his eventful youth, which he shares chapter by chapter with Moomintroll, Sniff, and Snufkin.

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Moominpappa's Memoirs (Moomins Series #3)

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Overview

When stricken with a severe cold, Moominpappa decides to set down an account of his eventful youth, which he shares chapter by chapter with Moomintroll, Sniff, and Snufkin.

When stricken with a severe cold, Moominpappa decides to set down an account of his eventful youth, which he shares chapter by chapter with Moomintroll, Sniff, and Snufkin.

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Gr 3-6-Moominpappa has a terrible cold and decides that the best thing to do under the circumstances is to remain quiet and compile his memoirs. In a ponderous manner, he writes of his escape from a foundling home, his link-ups with Joxter, Muddler, and Hodgekins, and the escapades that follow. He reads the chapters aloud to his own little Moomintroll and to the sons of his fellow adventurers. Often they react as many readers will: ``But all those sad feelings...are a bit unnecessary. It's all so long.'' Warburton's translation retains the witty and clever tone of the Finnish writer's tales of Moominland, but the allusions and sardonic humor are often too sophisticated to appeal to the young audience this animal fantasy is likely to attract. For instance, Moominmanna responds to one of Moominpappa's readings, "`Everything'll be much more vivid if you have some passages where you aren't bragging.'" The story moves slowly and the characters, with the exception of the Muddler, don't come alive. A selection mainly for fans of the author's previous stories set in Moominland.-Suzanne Hawley, Laurel Oak Elementary School, Naples, FL
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"Stuck at home suffering from a terrible cold, Moominpappa puts his time to good use by setting down his adventures from the time he ran away from the strict and repressive Hemulen orphanage until he met and married the inestimable Moominmamma...A felicitous introduction for newcomers to the Moomin tales." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

"Completely winning." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
This delightfully original children's story is about a Moomin (who eventually becomes Moominpappa to his children and grandchildren) who runs away from the orphanage where he was raised to find adventure and disorder. As in many adventures, Moominpappa's escapades begin when he sets off on a haphazard, meandering journey on which he meets several memorable friends. Moominpappa is an endearing character who has such exalted ideas about himself that everything and everyone around him cannot help but be aggrandized as well, adding a humorously epic quality to the tale. This children's book is embedded with subtle philosophical ideas that keep the attention of an adult reader as well, although all readers would be wise to start with the first book in the Moomin collection. Background knowledge of the Moomin world will make this tale even more enjoyable. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374350451
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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, including Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    Raining On Your Own Parade

    This is a heavily revised version of THE EXPLOITS OF MOOMINPAPPA. The changes from the original are, first, to add imitations of plausibility and maturity to a work that benefits from neither, and second, to remove everything about it that was a delight. Hold out for the original version, even if it costs far more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    A bit different from other Moomin-books, but still worth a read!

    This installation of the Moomin-books is narrated by Moominpappa - as you can guess from the title. Despite having read other reviews that were less than thrilled with it, I enjoyed this book. Whether it's intentional or not, I thought the dry satire was kind of fun (that being said, I'm an adult... so it may be lost on kids). Plus, it was nice having Snufkin and Sniff's parents introduced (and Little My! I'd been waiting for her arrival!).

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