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Moominsummer Madness (The Moomins #5)

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The bright and optimistic Moomins find themselves forced out of their home by a flood and take shelter in an old floating theater.
Paperback, 163 pages
Published April 1st 1976 by Avon Camelot (first published 1954)
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Miriam
Aug 17, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tove Jansson is really kind of amazing.

This is only the second books of hers I've read, the other being The Summer Book. I was impressed then by the subtlety of her writing and her nuanced depiction of complex, contradictory human beings, but I wasn't entirely surprised -- it was an adult book, written about people Jansson knew well personally. I was not expecting a short children's book about cute made up creatures to display the same level of insights into human nature and behavior. But it to
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Katie
Apr 30, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the young at heart
When life gives you lemons, find an abandoned floating theater and make your absurdist masterpiece.
Stephen Curran
May 26, 2015 Stephen Curran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take all the self help manuals and holy books in the world, chuck them off a cliff, and replace them with this. The Moomins hold the key to a happy life. Volcanos? Great floods? Natural devastation? Separated families? To the Groke with them! Let's all light a lamp and have some marmalade with our tea!
Vea
Mieleen muistui selkeästi muumijakso, jonka olen nähnyt lapsena.
Pidin paljon, muumikirjat selvästi osaavat lumota iästä riippumatta.
Laura
Jun 24, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Ei ehkä lempimuumikirjani, mutta tykkäsin kuitenkin.
Deborah O'Carroll
Ack, I love it! *huggles book* Snufkin is my FAVORITE EVER! <3 He's so awesome and just the best! And what he did about the signs . . . and his twenty-four little woodies -- GAAHH SO CUUUUTE!!! <3 I about died from the adorableness and awesomeness of this. Also, I love Little My. She's hilarious. XD All in all, great little book! <3
Laura
I've liked all Moomin books this far, but somehow this one appealed to me even more than usual. The writing style and the atmosphere of the story are exactly as magical as they should be on a Midsummer night, and despite the rather absurd and adventurous happenings the book left me with a very peaceful mood. There's almost something Shakespearean in this, even though there are no fairies. The play within the story is hilarious, and the whole theatre thing just made me laugh so much. I also fangi ...more
Dane Martin
This book seems like it was written by an angel. I love the Moomin comic strip, as reprinted by Drawn and Quarterly, but I was not prepared for a dense, epic, beautiful journey that I was given here. This is as close as we're going to get to the world where Dr. Seuss wrote a novel. What a great thing this is.
Vít Kotačka
Jun 07, 2015 Vít Kotačka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, nordic
Tohle léto bylo skutečně bláznivé. Považte - výbuch sopky, zaplavené Muminí údolí, rodina žije v plovoucím divadle přineseném povodní a Muminek ve vězení! A nikdo nedokáže čelit těmto katastrofám s větším klidem, než Muminkova maminka. I ty největší protivy pozve ke stolu a pohostí je tím, co zrovna má.

Ačkoliv výše zmíněné nepřízně osudu uvrhnou celé Muminí údolí do chaosu, není to truchlivý příběh, ba naopak - je to snad nejsrandovnější Muminí kniha, která si nezadá s bláznivýma francouzskýma k
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Drew
Apr 30, 2015 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these stories. They're ostensibly for children, but there's so much deep wisdom in these books that an adult mind will relish them. As I have been doing.

The book kicks off with the eruption of a volcano which causes a tsunami which floods Moominvalley, swamping the Moomin house up to the second floor. The reaction by the Moomins and their friends is one of resigned whimsy. Why not cut a hole in the floor in order to look down into the kitchen from above and see what it looks like underwat
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Vasha7
May 29, 2011 Vasha7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among warm and comforting books for children, this has to be one of the warmest. It takes its character from Moominmamma, who greets every new event (however seemingly problematic) as a delightful experience; for instance, when a rising sea floods her house, she's charmed by how unfamiliar the kitchen looks seen underwater from the ceiling. Furthermore, she has a supreme lack of worry, saying, "Only bad people fare badly." This faith is of course entirely justified in this book's world; in fact, ...more
Mia
Dec 29, 2014 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Moomin books for the first time when I was about eight, and eighteen years later, I love them more than ever. These stories are sweet and silly, but they also explore existentialism and melancholy, and Jansson's prose is so good! Looking back, I really think she was one of my first writing teachers. And she saved me from seeing everything literally.
Karl Orbell
Half way through the Moomin series. Another pleasant little adventure, if a tad weird. The Moomin family et al are flooded out by some volcano activity and take to the seas, somehow catching a lift in an adrift theatre. Certain family members get lost and go bobbing about elsewhere and, well, the usual weirdness ensues.

Snufkin wasn't in this until over half way through, though he does have a memorable criminal encounter with the despicable park keepers and has to hone his parenting skills, and t
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Carmyn
I just love this book. It's a fine juxtaposition to be reading two Scandinavian authors at once... Jansson of Moomin fame and Stieg Larsson, who wrote the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They are quite opposite and both fascinating in their own right.

I find the Moomins charming, funny, and always surprising. If you've never read them and enjoy a good children's story (along the lines of Winnie the Pooh with the wit of Pippi Longstocking) then you might enjoy these wacky and wonderful books.
Sally Flint
Sep 22, 2015 Sally Flint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I came across this series on the bottom shelf of the library and it immediately took me back to my childhood, I am sure it used to be a series on TV. My purpose for reading the book was to see whether or not we should withdraw the books from the library. They are infrequently borrowed, but I was loathe to just throw away. It turns out that they are completely nuts, but with a bit of promotion to the students could be a very popular read. First published in 1955 the language is very dated, which ...more
Hanna
Jun 21, 2015 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svenska
Mysigt. Många fina citat
"Ett litet allvarligt djur makade sig ivrigt närmare de andra och sa: Jag tror inte det var ungdomen som gjorde den stora vågen. Vi är säkert för små i den här dalen för att göra större vågor än dem man kan röra upp i en hink, en pott eller ett handfat. Eller varför inte ett vattenglas." s.28

"Emma svarade inte. Hon tittade på osten... Hon sträckte ut tassen och stoppade osten i fickan. Sen vandrade hennes blickar vidare och fastnade på en liten bit pannkaka.
Den är vår! s
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Wayne S.
Do you know what Moomins are? They are a family of white, roundish fanciful creatures with large snouts like hippopotamuses and are the subjects of a series of nine children’s fairy tale like books written and illustrated by Tove Marika Jansson (1914–2001), a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator, and comic strip author. There are Moominpappa, Moominmamma, their son Moomintroll, his girlfriend the Snork Maiden, and a host of other eccentric characters. The first such book, The ...more
S,
Feb 18, 2014 S, rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember this story very well from the animation series, and it wasn't my favourite back then, so unsurprisingly, it wasn't my favourite now. As a child, I guess, the story was just too gloomy for me, and even though I liked it a bit better now that I could see how masterfully Jansson had set up everything, this just won't be my favourite Moomin-story.

However, it is well written and structured - and it definitely had its moments. The best thing in the whole book for me is probably the hilarity
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Nelly
Jun 16, 2015 Nelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Så söt!
Siri Wohrne
Mar 08, 2015 Siri Wohrne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mycket rolig och charmig, mysig och underhållande!! :D Boken hade också sina stunder av spänning! ...more
Tuomas Saloranta
Aug 22, 2016 Tuomas Saloranta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nokkelasti rakennettu tarina kaikkine eri käänteineen ja näkökulmineen. Keskeiset hahmot ovat saaneet mukavasti syvyyttä persoonaansa, ja uusia jänniä tyyppejä riittää myös, vaikka näin lyhyessä mitassa osa suuresta hahmogalleriasta harmillisesti jää hieman sivuun etenkin kerronnan jakautuessa useampaan eri juonilinjaan. Miskasta ja Homssusta olisi mieluusti kuullut enemmänkin.
Megan Kirby
May 04, 2016 Megan Kirby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a flood chases the Moomin family from Moominvalley, they find a mysterious floating house--where all is not what it seems, obviously. During the voyage, Moomintroll and Snorkmaiden are lost, and what follows is a beautiful and funny weaving of plots until the reunion at the end.

The interwoven structure of this book, with three main groups of players (Snufkin, Moomin & Snorkmaiden, and the Moomin family in the floating theater), is done so expertly, with each group moving steadily forwar
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Mänsomläser
Nov 10, 2014 Mänsomläser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grafiska-romaner
Återigen drabbas Mumindalen av en naturkatastrof. Den här gången är det ett vulkanutbrott som orsakar en tsunami som översvämmar hela dalen. Familjen får ta tillflykt till hustaket, men inser snart att de behöver något slags farkost. Som tur är flyter ett övergivet hus förbi, ett hus som saknar ena väggen, men som har en del andra förtjänster till exempel ett praktiskt utrymme under golvet som de använder som skafferi. Det visar sig med tiden att det är en teater.

I den här boken är det fullt av
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Bistra Ivanova
Dec 04, 2009 Bistra Ivanova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
това ще ми четат в леглото в близките месеци :-)
засега е супер!

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ами както обикновено - мила и сладка книжчица, която разсмива, натъжава, замисля и създава детски уют в сърцето
Isabel (kittiwake)
Moominmamma nodded. She was dipping her snout in the water and looking at the bottom.
There’s a nice gleam down there,' she said.
'It’s your golden bracelet,' said Moomintroll. 'And the Snork Maiden’s necklace. Good idea, isn’t it?'
'Splendid,' said his mother. 'We’ll always keep our bangles in brown pond water in the future. They’re so much more beautiful that way.'


Another Moomin book, another natural disaster. This time a volcanic eruption causes a flood and the family has to take shelter in a fl
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Eleanor
Sep 26, 2015 Eleanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 90s cartoon keeps very close to this one, but with some added narrative complexity. Snufkin, always a favourite, particularly charmed me. First of all it was nice to see him pining for Moomintroll a little, since it is usually the other way round, and yet who wouldn't love Moomintroll? His stint as foster father was also very interesting and a prominent example of the depths of these "children's" books. But the main thrust of his storyline, his interaction with the Park Keeper, really resona ...more
Qt
Sep 11, 2013 Qt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fantasy
I really like the Moomin books, and found this one as delightful and charming as the others I've read. A fun summer read!
Les
Wonderful. Few things are more fun to read with my kids than the Moomins. Tove Jansson is one of a kind.
Sofia
Jan 31, 2014 Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farlig Midsommar är, och har alltid varit min favorit utav muminböckerna.
Jag tror att det har att göra med karaktärsutveckling och identitetsproblematik, som är det mest intressanta i just detta muminbok.

Vi får se Muminmamman som fnissande barkbåtsbyggare som finner nöje i att se sitt kök förstört, en filifjonka som kastar av sig släktskuldsoket och lever ut, Snusmumriken som ovillig pappa för att inte tala om personförväxling och förklädnad (för vad annat är en teater). Boken tycks söka efter s
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Ape
May 08, 2016 Ape rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia
I thought it might be fun to re read all the Moomin books this year. I loved them when I was younger, and they are so well-written that they are just as good to read as an adult. I love her imagination - all the curious little characters and the mischief they get up to, and the illustrations are fantastic.

In this tale, a volcano on a small island near the coast blows its top, sending some kind of tsunami wave up into Moominvalley. The Moomin family are flooded out of their home and end up moving
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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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The Moomins (9 books)
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“A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world, because that's where people are shown what they could be if they wanted, and what they'd like to be if they dared to and what they really are” 96 likes
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