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Comet in Moominland (The Moomins #2)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  4,661 ratings  ·  238 reviews
When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 22nd 1986 by A & C Black (first published 1946)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Feb 29, 2012 Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an inner child still stirring
Recommended to Richard Reviles Censorship by: the librarian at Pillow Elementary School in Austin, Texas
This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
As I've said many times on this site, I dislike translations on principle - but I am trying to do something about my miserable German, and when I saw this book at Foyles last week it immediately seemed like a good idea. I know the Swedish original well, and I figured that it should be easy to read and would improve my sketchy vocabulary. That worked out even better than I had hoped, and I already feel measurably more confident.

What surprised me, though, was that for once I experienced the trans
A beautiful, ironic parody of the Armageddon-style killer meteorite movie, written before any of them existed. There are so many brilliant little details. I particularly loved the out-of-touch astronomers at the observatory, who have calculated exactly when the comet will strike ("possibly four seconds later," they add scrupulously), but seem completely uninterested by the fact that it will wipe out everyone in Moomin Valley.

In case you're worried, though, the Moomin family is more than a match
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 13, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Pippi Longstocking, Beezus and Ramona, and other children's books that speak to adults
How can it be that, unlike in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, the Moomin sagas never caught on in the United States? Finnish author Tove Jansson's tales of the white, hippo-like Moomintroll and his parents, Moominmamma and Moominpappa, would delight children and parents alike, the latter probably enjoying them even more, as adults can get the sly humor. I simply don't understand how Moominmania could possibly have bypassed the United States when it swept through Europe?

Comet in Moomin
Just revisited this book for the first time in a long while by reading it aloud to my 6 year-old. Two main thoughts:

1. I love Tove Jansson. She always writes with a slightly off-beat charm (one of my favorite bits in this book is the title of the butterfly collecting Hemulin's book, Moths of the Eastern Hemisphere: their Behavior and Misbehavior) and her stories tend to swing uneasily between the surreal (Hattifatteners, anyone?) and the comforting (coffee and cake), a style which I found somew
Like so many Finnish children of a certain generation, I grew up watching the Moomins tv-series (there are still reruns every once in a while, and the magic has never faded) and visited Moomin World. Now, to honor Tove Jansson's centenary, I started a project of reading all her Moomin books. Maybe the rest of her body of work as well, if I have the time or enthusiasm.

I read The Moomins and the Great Flood a while back, so I started from this one, which got things going on a larger scale. When th
The Moomins, a family of trolls, have appeared in my life in various ways; I vaguely remember having read (or having been read) one of the novels as a young child - as an older child I remember the animated series on television. I happened across it by accident and spent much time in enjoyable confusion about the names and natures of the seemingly infinite cast of characters. This year I decided I wanted to find out more than my hazy memories could tell me and in the process stumbled across the ...more
Well, well, well. A while back, I was originally wary about starting this book because I thought the idea was weird for a children's book. (A comet about to destroy the world.) Comets destroying the world are on my top ten "Scary" list....

Anyway, after months of forgetting about this book and then remembering it, I don't know what made me start it after surving a huge earthquake in real life. (Not very smart of me.) I think that somehow (despite the title) I forgot it was about a comet hurtling
Beth Sniffs Books
I’m on page 52 of the 173 page narrative and I can’t make myself continue. My initial impression was quite positive — the table of contents is fun, the Moomin gallery of characters is darling, the drawings throughout the book are quite nice, and the premise of the story did seem interesting. But it hasn’t turned out to be a positive reading experience for me….

Over the past week I’ve picked up the book, read a page or two, and set it back down. The story just seems really long and drawn out. Plus
The story in this book is all right. It's not amazing, but it's written for small children, so I guess I'm not the target audience.

What I really didn't like about this book is that there are two women in this book. Both are extremely silly. One, Muminmamman, is a housewife who thinks that when the world is about to end it's important to save the flowers. She is also the only person in the house who cooks, cleans, and decorates.

The other woman, Snorkfröken, is a self-obessed idiot who insists tha
These books are big classics here in Finland, but it had been ages since I'd last read them, so I felt like picking them up again. I'd half forgotten what a charming, unique fantasy world Tove Jansson creates here, with her lovely characters and her use of language (though I read these in Finnish translation from the original Swedish). Somehow books like this comfort me and make me believe that life will be all right. At the same time the books subtly say a lot of things about life and people, w ...more
Vít Kotačka
Jak už jsem zmiňoval ve své recenzi Tatínek a moře, byla mi v dětství většina muminích příběhů upřena. Tedy i ten nejzásadnější, jak se všechny stěžejní postavy potkaly.

Na Muminí údolí se řítí apokalyptická pohroma a Muminek se se svým kamarádem Čenichem vydávají na výpravu do hvězdárny v Opuštěných horách, aby o tom zjistili něco konkrétního. (Je s podivem, s jakou lehkostí je muminkova maminka vypraví na cestu.) Muminek cestou poprvé potkává svého (budoucího) nejlepšího přítele Šňupálka a poz
A fun read. Jansson creates a jovial set of offbeat characters who are fun to tag along with. The travel companions' adventures are mostly pleasantly quirky with flashes of brilliance, enough to excite anticipation for later books in the series, by which time hopefully Jansson has elevated the randomly, sprightly whimsical into the bizarrely, wistfully, comically melancholic--which seems to be what she strives after here, but only occasionally fully achieves. The characters in this first (some s ...more
Все вокруг читали Янссон в детстве, помнят эти картинки, а я вот пришла к ним только будучи уже взрослой теткой с грузом всякой чепухи в голове. Может, если бы я росла на таких книгах, я была бы еще упоротее 8)
У Туве я читала только ее «взрослую» прозу. Так зачитывалась, что мир казался не мил, причем в самом хорошем смысле. Она — маэстро недосказанностей, когда после каждого короткого пассажа хотелось остановиться и понаслаждться приятным ощущением щемления в сердечке.
Потрясающее имя — Туве. Та
I have heard of the Moomins because I keep running across them on blogs. People love the Moomins. It turns out the stories were written in the 40s and 50s by a Finnish author. I discovered a Moomin memorabilia display and a handful of her books for sale at a store in the Twin Cities and I decided I needed to explore. After all, one of my favorite authors is Astrid Lindgren and she was Swedish... it turns out that Lindgren and Jansson have something in common. They both have a remarkable wit and ...more
Like comfort food in book form—every bit as non-cloyingly sweet as I remember from my childhood. It's that combination of gentleness, bluster, melancholy, boisterousness, and unconditional love—Jansson said she set out to write about a functional and happy family—that just gets me where I live. The protagonists are both children and little animals, and the adults are all either mildly quirky or unflappable and kind. And the black-and-white illustrations are marvelous—beautiful and spooky and ful ...more
Nate D
Jan 25, 2012 Nate D marked it as read-in-2012
Recommends it for: little animals
Recommended to Nate D by: Maya
Shelves: finland
After reading some of Tove Jansson's later excellent work for grown-ups, I had to swoop back and check her children's books. I actually remember seeing all of these at the liobrary as a child, but being uninterested for whatever reason. But now I wish I had looked closer then, as Jansson has a pretty fantastic touch here, light, brisk adventure stories, nonetheless imbued with real insights into how people behave and what the important things are. Not so different from her later stuff, just a bi ...more
Dette er virkelig en bok som hentet frem barnet i meg. Glad den var på pensum.
Jon Hewelt
All I knew of the Moomins was an entry on an article on, and I was suitably freaked out enough to further seek them out.

I'm glad I did.

A Finnish comic by Tove Jannson, Moomin contains all the innocence and joy of a kids' comic with the subtle darkness of a Lovecraft short story. Perhaps I'm being hyperbolic in making that comparison, but the whole universe the Moomins inhabit is possessed of a creeping horror, a sense of something lurking underneath the surface.

The plot in this quick
Istället för att recensera den här boken så ska jag ge ett citat ifrån den som jag tycker både visar på det unika sätt Tove Jansson skriver på, och på hur det skenbart banala och oskyldiga i hennes böcker kan betyda så väldigt, väldigt mycket mer:

”Hej, sa Sniff. Jag har hittat en alldeles egen väg. Den ser farlig ut.”
”Hur farlig?” frågade mumintrollet.
”Jag skulle närmast säga enormt farlig”, svarade det lilla djuret Sniff allvarsamt.
”Då måste vi ha smörgåsar med oss, sa mumintrollet, och saft” …
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 thi
I've never been clear on the right order for reading the Moomin books so I've started my re-read with this one, because it was the one I had as a child and I loved it. Moomintroll and Sniff travel to the Lonely Mountains to ask the astronomers about the comet, and along the way they have adventures with crocodiles and underwater streams, and fall in with Snufkin; and on the way back they meet the Snork and the Snork Maiden, and have more adventures. There are hemulens and woodland creatures, and ...more
A re-read, after just a few years. Even after reading some friends' comments and being encouraged to try again, I just don't feel it. I understand what people are saying, as for example the professor's cluelessness, and the silliness mixed with the adventure, but I'm not moved. Maybe it's because I don't feel empathy with any of the characters.
This was the first Moomin -book I've read, and I did it in the age of 23. I strongly believe I've been debrived of a lot of joy and enjoyment having been in hardly any contact with any of the works of our wonderful lady Jansson. Happy to finally get to know this fantastic world and its imaginative, interesting, well-characterized inhabitants!

Comet in Moominland contained some important encounters and introduced a couple of the most important characters in the life of Moomintroll, the iconic lit
K.n. Listman
I started reading this series because I'm trying to write a Swedish adult who retains some of her childlike qualities. I did not think I would become so interested reading a child's book. However, Jansson's characters have more depth than many adult novels I have read. The imaginary creatures are sometimes caricatures, but the from the viewpoint of the naive Moonmintroll they become amusing. It captures the essence of the hero's journey book for adults while still being quite entertaining to chi ...more
Monk Fish
although children's stories i find there is plenty to contemplate when reading any of the moomin series. and in this one there is an unsettling comet on the way
If you're a fan and you can find them (some are always in a state of flux at various publishing houses) try to grab the entire collection, as they are all delightful!
Robert Adam
Jan 08, 2013 Robert Adam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Robert by: Meri
Shelves: young-minds
A wonderful introduction to Moomin Valley!
After having Tove Jansson's "Moomin" books recommended so often, I decided it was time to read one.

Comet in Moominland works on a couple levels. First, as a slightly crazy children's story, featuring a host of distinct characters. I don't really know what a "Snufkin" or "Hemulen" or "Snork" are. I'm not sure what kind of animal Sniff is, and Jansson just introduces these creatures as if they need no explanation. Which is annoying at first, but then just becomes kind of cute.

The story itself fit
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Tove Jansson was born and died in Helsinki, Finland. As a Finnish citizen whose mother tongue was Swedish, she was part of the Swedish-speaking Finns minority. Thus, all her books were originally written in Swedish.

Although known first and foremost as an author, Tove Jansson considered her careers as author and painter to be of equal importance.

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Other Books in the Series

The Moomins (9 books)
  • The Moomins and the Great Flood (The Moomins, #1)
  • Finn Family Moomintroll (The Moomins, #3)
  • Moominpappa's Memoirs (The Moomins, #4)
  • Moominsummer Madness (The Moomins, #5)
  • Moominland Midwinter (The Moomins, #6)
  • Tales from Moominvalley (The Moomins, #7)
  • Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8)
  • Moominvalley in November (The Moomins, #9)
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