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"Moominmamma and Moomintroll need to find a home for the winter, someplace where sun is plentiful and safe from the dangers of the unknown. But before they can settle down, they must cross a dark and sinister forest and find their way through a flood of epic proportions, all the while hoping that they will find Moominpappa again. Their journey seems daunting but they forge ahead, with Moominmamma''s kindness and patience giving Moomin the courage he needs to face the strange, unexplored path that lies ahead of them."--

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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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Do We Really Need So Much Stuff?
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Enchanting, creative, emotionally resonant
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2013
I just finished reading this rather short (60 pages including many full-page illustrations) story to a five year old in one sitting, and we were both enthralled. HIGHLY recommended. With her recurring Moomin characters, Jansson creates an amazingly realistic and... See more
I just finished reading this rather short (60 pages including many full-page illustrations) story to a five year old in one sitting, and we were both enthralled. HIGHLY recommended.

With her recurring Moomin characters, Jansson creates an amazingly realistic and unique emotional tone of childhood that is melancholic and comfortingly secure at the same time. Periodic frights and crises in her books are met with brave resolve both by loving, matter-of-fact Moominparents and Moominchildren who are self-assured but also well-mannered and thoughtful. There is a comparison to be made of the Babar series to the loving security of the Moomin family - but the Moomins are a bit more silly, and creative, and philosophical, more verbose, and much more sophisticated emotionally. Each of Jansson''s characters displays some complexity and mystery; faults, follies, prejudices... I find it fun to talk about these nuances of character with my kiddo.

In the Moomins and the Great Flood, you''ll encounter a boy and his mother who together face the search for a missing parent, a frightening swamp serpent, bad weather, near disasters in boats, grumpy birds, new friends, tummy aches, dark forests, a fairy creature, and a prescient Willy Wonka** character. All ends well.

There are many, many illustrations in this book. Nary a spread without at least one of Jansson''s wonderful and simple line drawings. There are numerous plates with her greyscale wash paintings beautifully reproduced with multiple ink tones. The illustrations are slightly naive, a feature I enjoy in children''s books as it is not intimidating for young artists. You can see where Jansson continued to evolve the physiology of her Moomins as the series went on.

This particular volume in the series is the very first Moomin book for children, and lacks the caustic tone and sass of her Moomin newspaper comic strips. There is a wonderful balance in her Moomin children''s books, between action and feelings.

**Read on if you are a children''s book nerd like myself!**

Having read the Moomin series in the 1970s, my seven-year-old self probably assumed at the time that it was new. In fact this particular, seminal volume in the series was started in 1939 and finished near the end of WWII. In this book Jansson, who was (in age) a contemporary of Roald Dahl, seems to invent the character Willy Wonka, describing with her delicate pen and ink/wash drawings a lonely gentleman in a top hat who has created a fanciful man-made edible universe with rivers of lemonade and sugar grass. Dahl''s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was not published until the mid-1960s. Wow! I wonder if they ever communicated, or shared some other creative connection. Jansson''s characters lack the unredeemable cynicism of some of Dahl''s creations. The Moomins, after all, while very anthropomorphized, are still animals mostly interacting in the natural world, whereas Dahl''s protagonists are usually woefully flawed human beings.
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BT Invictus
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Fun Characters, Immersive Setting, Beguiling Illustrations
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2013
What timeless and endearing creatures these Moomins are! My daughter and I both loved The Moomins and the Great Flood. As an American who has cast a longing eye over the Atlantic since girlhood, I found this book delightfully "Euro." Perhaps only... See more
What timeless and endearing creatures these Moomins are! My daughter and I both loved The Moomins and the Great Flood.

As an American who has cast a longing eye over the Atlantic since girlhood, I found this book delightfully "Euro." Perhaps only Europe-infatuated Americans can feel the weight of this term. What I mean is that the book is quirky, surprising, atmospheric and weird, in just the right ways. My American-ness seems so pragmatic and boring when juxtaposed with such splendid Euro-hood.

What really captured my imagination about The Moomins and the Great Flood is the book''s wonderful quality of creating intriguing characters and landscapes that seem simultaneously sinister and safe, hostile yet inviting. I love when books do that to me, gently urge me to enter into their worlds, at my own peril, perhaps, or maybe for my own good.

And the pictures! They are so wonderful. All I wanted to do was put on some ambient, slightly dissonant music and stare at them. (Again, Euro.) Tove Jansson''s artwork is beguiling, and there''s pretty much an image on every page.

A beautiful book.
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Penn Name
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Smudged and crumpled
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
Very disappointed in the way the book was shipped, it arrived banged up and with dirty spots on some of the pages. This was going to be a gift but I’ll just wipe it off and keep it, I suppose. Under the grime, the book itself is lovely. Beautiful illustrations and words.
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Caty
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great read
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
my 6.5 years old daughter read it as soon as she received it by herself. She finished it in one day. She loved it.
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Marjorie W.
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Beautiful art, Great story, wonderful for young children
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
Beautiful book, written in 1945, first about the Moomins. Pictures by Tove are wonderful. Now have the whole set. They are keepers.
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Robin P.
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An absolute joy!
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2015
I came across a Moomin book at a local library sale and my 8-year old son and I were intrigued. After doing some research, we discovered that The Moomins and the Great Flood was the place to start our Moomin adventure. This book is wonderful! We both loved the different... See more
I came across a Moomin book at a local library sale and my 8-year old son and I were intrigued. After doing some research, we discovered that The Moomins and the Great Flood was the place to start our Moomin adventure. This book is wonderful! We both loved the different characters and the story line. When my son and I are looking for new books to read, I am saddened by many of today''s published offerings. I believe everyone should know of Tove Jansson''s Moomin world.
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Just wonderful
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2021
Wonderful story. So imaginative and fun. We have the whole series and can not wait to read the rest.
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cat
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I love this series!
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
I can''t imagine children not enjoying these books. Sweet, funny, absolutely charming books!
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M. Dowden
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The First Moomin Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2019
Tove Jansson gave the world something special when she created the Moomins, and here we have the first Moomin book for children, originally published in 1945, and at the time for many would have been seen as some light relief after the devastation of war. Incorporating the...See more
Tove Jansson gave the world something special when she created the Moomins, and here we have the first Moomin book for children, originally published in 1945, and at the time for many would have been seen as some light relief after the devastation of war. Incorporating the wonderful illustrations by the author, so this still makes something special for children to read. Although ultimately a happy tale we as adults, are all too aware of the atrocities of war and what the Finnish people suffered amongst many others, so we can see veiled references to it in this story, with displaced people, danger, adventure and strangers trying to help others. We also are reminded that Moomnitrolls, being little, originally lived in our homes behind stovepipes. Here we start with Moominmamma and Moomintroll on a journey to find Moominpappa, as he has gone off with the Hattiifatteners. Will they be able to find him, and the family be reunited, especially as there is a flood? This is as such more of a prelude to the other books, as we only have a few characters that recur. This is great to read to little children, for them to read when they are old enough, and as for us grown-ups, it will take us back to our childhood. One thing is for sure, the Moomins will go on entertaining many way into the future, and across the world.
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D.C.
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Original, heartwarming and humorous.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2019
I hadn''t heard of Tove Jansson until recently, when I read a review of a recently published volume of her letters in The Spectator magazine. Intrigued by the description of the Moomins, I bought this book for my nieces and nephew (aged 6, 4 and 2). Before I read it to them...See more
I hadn''t heard of Tove Jansson until recently, when I read a review of a recently published volume of her letters in The Spectator magazine. Intrigued by the description of the Moomins, I bought this book for my nieces and nephew (aged 6, 4 and 2). Before I read it to them I read it myself, and was instantly captivated by the originality, tenderness and humour of the story, as well as the distinctive illustrations. Even if the youngsters don''t turn out to be fans, I certainly am!
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Mr. Howard Johnston
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The Original Moomin Story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2020
This is a marvellous addition to the range of Tove Jansson''s ''Moomin'' series. Ironically, it was the first Moomin story she wrote (1945) but was the last to see publication in the anglosphere (2005). Only a very few of the main characters are present, and this is a novella...See more
This is a marvellous addition to the range of Tove Jansson''s ''Moomin'' series. Ironically, it was the first Moomin story she wrote (1945) but was the last to see publication in the anglosphere (2005). Only a very few of the main characters are present, and this is a novella and something of a Moomin prototype or prelude story; but it is full of her evocative monochrome and sepia-tone illustrations. The story contained therein, is often referred to in its sequel (''Comet In Moominland''). It is perhaps a pity, given that it is the same publisher (Sort Of Books), that this book wasn''t incorporated into the excellent Moomin Collector''s Editions hardback range. Although it is only a novella - given the amount of illustrations - I think it would sit admirably within that collection. I do hope that the publishers read these reviews..!!
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Treehugger
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Classic, beautifully presented, quirky, a work of art
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2016
Beautiful beautiful book, perfect for reading aloud and packed with Tove''s gorgeous quirky, otherworldly illustrations. Great for small kids to read the flood story at face value, but also for older ones, to point out or look for the war allegory contained between the...See more
Beautiful beautiful book, perfect for reading aloud and packed with Tove''s gorgeous quirky, otherworldly illustrations. Great for small kids to read the flood story at face value, but also for older ones, to point out or look for the war allegory contained between the lines. I really enjoyed reading it myself and I''m 48. Gorgeous thick crisp high quality paper and a sturdy board cover as well. This is destined to be a family classic to be passed down the generations.
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Birthday Hangman
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... of the stories or series before I was extremely pleased by this
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2016
As someone who had never really heard of the stories or series before I was extremely pleased by this, the first in a series of books by Tove Jansson about her creature creations: the Moomins. The story is detailed and interesting and also quite mature. The traditional...See more
As someone who had never really heard of the stories or series before I was extremely pleased by this, the first in a series of books by Tove Jansson about her creature creations: the Moomins. The story is detailed and interesting and also quite mature. The traditional happy ending is present but you get the sense that she wrote about events in her stories with a very honest approach. Equally accessible for adults as well as for children. Can''t wait to read more of her work.
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