Finn Family Moomintroll, Paperback Book

Finn Family Moomintroll Paperback

Part of the Moomins Fiction series

4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Finn Family Moomintroll is the second book in the cult classic Moomin series by Tove Jansson.

A must-read for adults and children alike. Poor little chap! He had been turned into a very strange animal indeed . . .Although they're small, fat and shy creatures, Moomins have the most amazing adventures.

It all begins when Moominpappa tries on a magic hat that makes exciting and funny things happen . . .'They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them' - Philip Pullman'A beautifully strange world, excquisitely illustrated' - Lauren ChildTove Jansson was born in Finland in 1914.

She began her career as a cartoonist and went on to write and illustrate many books for adults and children.

She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, and in 1945 he became a character in a children's story.

Tove became world-famous for her Moomin books, which began with Comet in Moominland in 1946, closely followed by Finn Family Moomintroll.

Tove Jansson received many prestigious awards during her lifetime, including the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal.

She died in 2001, aged 87.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780140301502

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My favourite book in this excellent series for primary school children. I still enjoyed it when I was too old for it - I remember re-reading it when I was as old as 11! I read it so many times, my copy (which I still have) is falling apart and looks mangled enough that if someone said it had been through a washing machine, you would have to believe it!Bought this series for my daughter too, and she loves it. (I didn't give her my mangled copy!)

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I loved Moomin novels when I was a child, but never managed to get my elder daughter enthused. Finally, after two years of nothing but Rainbow Magic, my seven-year-old has branched out and now demands "Moomintroll" at night - even reading to ME after I claim that mummy's voice is tired and besides, it's past your bedtime. Looking forward to making our way through the series. Can't believe these were written in the 1940s - they haven't dated much at all. Kudos to the translation.

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They had had many strange adventures on this river and had brought home many new friends. Moomintroll's mother and father always welcomed all their friends in the same quiet way, just adding another bed and putting another leaf in the dining-room table. And so Moominhouse was rather full - a place where everyone did what they liked and seldom worried about tomorrow. Very often unexpected and disturbing things used to happen, but nobody ever had time to be bored, and that is always a good thing.The story begins with the inhabitants of Moomin Valley getting ready to hibernate and continues with their adventures during the spring and summer of the following year, which are triggered by the discovery of a magical hat on top of a mountain and a sailing-boat washed up on the shore.It is a story full of small joys and I really enjoyed scenes such as Sniff ad Moomintroll agreeing a swap of the treasures they had found while beach-combing, Moominmamma casually putting down her axe after the family confronted the Groke, the Snork Maiden's jealousy over a beautiful ship's figurehead and Thingummy and Bob's kind-hearted wish at the end of the book.
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A delightful and fun story by Jansson - one of the most accessible of her Moomintroll stories to start with in English.

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