Comet in Moominland, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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?...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780140302868



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The Moomin books are either frivolous childish fluff or profound philosophical treatises; personally, I see no reason why they shouldn’t be both.

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Halfway up the hill on their way grew a clump of blue-trees covered with big yellow pears, and of course they couldn't get past that without Sniff deciding that he was hungry.“We'd better only take the windfalls,” said Moomintroll, “because mamma makes jam from these.” But they had to shake the tree a little so that there were some windfalls.Sniff was very pleased with their haul. “You can carry the provisions,“ he said, “because you haven't got anything else to do, have you? I'm too busy to think about things like that when I'm the Path Pioneer“The Moomins arrived in Moomin Valley after s great flood, and have been living there for a few weeks when Moomintroll and Sniff start noticing the same pattern appearing again and again, a pattern that looks like a star with a tail. When the Muskrat tells them about comets, they begin to worry that the pattern is an omen, and Moomintroll and Sniff decide to go on an expedition to visit the Professors in the Observatory on the Lonely Moutains, and find out if they know anything about a comet heading for earth.This is a very cute story. The Moomins are a very hospitable family, inviting various waifs and strays to stay with them, and Moomintroll himself is a very appealing character, being a bit naughty, but also adventurous, caring and romantic.

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