Moomin Builds a House, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The debut appearance of everyone's favorite pest, Little My!"""Another classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format."After Mymble's family comes to visit the Moomins, her littlest and most badly behaved sister, Little My, is left behind.

She promises to behave if she is given Moomin's bedroom; Moomin, tired of being forced out of his room, decides to build a house where all the rooms will belong to him.

With Little My helping out, things are sure to go awry, but in the end, Moomin's house-building misadventures teach him the value of a home. Tove Jansson's flawless cartooning is brought to life in a whole new way within these pages.

A delight for the whole family!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Full Colour
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books: character books
  • ISBN: 9781770461086



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Moomintroll decides to build a house for himself after losing his room to a new arrival, and hijinx ensue. I enjoyed the Moomin books when I lived in the U.K., and I was surprised that they weren't really known in the U.S. This is a collection of strips which originally ran in British newspapers in the fifties (and were published in the original Finnish before that), but they're pretty much timeless and I'm glad more kids will have the opportunity to read them. There's a lot here on every level; it would take a Simarillion to fully explain all the background of the Moomin universe (which is all cozy drawing rooms one minute and genuinely creepy monsters the next), but you don't need all that to be able to follow the story. Moomintroll's story a great wish-fulfillment fantasy about just being able to go off and build a house all by yourself and having it be, if not exactly symmetrical, at least functional as a house, while the gloriously destructive Little My revels in being 100% pure obnoxious brat. The Moomin books also (without being explicit about it) model a multicultural society where many unique creatures with radically different likes and values strive to get along harmoniously.

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