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Comet in Moominland (The Moomins #2)

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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 April 27th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (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.
Manny
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...more
Manny
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...more
Emily
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...more
Robert
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
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...more
annik
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...more
Kirei
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...more
Ula
My most beloved childhood memory regarding literature;
Moomin stories hold such fantasy, mysterious nostalgia and melancholy that i can not describe. Yet i remember that mild pain of being a child, especially on summer nights, when i would be told to go to bed early and it's still light outside. I would watch the sunset in our garden , wishing for that summertime to never end. This story is my childhood melancholy in a written state. It's so beautiful that there are no words to put it right, anyw...more
J
Not as deep and philosophical as Moominland Midwinter, which I read first, but this book, the official First Book of the Moomin series, is whimsical and lovely. It's a quick read for most adults but pretty satisfying; the characters, with their wide variety of personality traits and the way they adapt to each other, make the book particularly enjoyable.

A common characteristic of Jansson's books is the idea that all types of people are okay, and that an ideal society will understand and appreciat...more
Katri
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
joey
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
Carm
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
Nate D
Jan 25, 2012 Nate D marked it as read-in-2012  ·  review of another edition 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
Deborah
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
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
Cristin
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!
Noah
Even though this book is supposedly for children, I found this book to be a little sinister. It was enjoyable and full of Tove Jannson's trademark wisdom and small yet endearing moments, but I couldn't shake the sensation of fear and helplessness that accompanied the characters everywhere. The story itself is frightening; perhaps it wouldn't have frightened me as a child as I might not have fully grasped why it was scary. Perhaps it's because in adult age, having seen many apocalyptic movies abo...more
Robert Adam
Jan 08, 2013 Robert Adam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Meri
Shelves: young-minds
A wonderful introduction to Moomin Valley!
Karl Orbell
The first book in the Moomin series, The Moomins and the Great Flood, was quite short and mainly served to introduce some of the primary characters and how the Moomins got to Moomin Valley. As such there wasn't much to it. This book is the first full length, albeit reasonably short, adventure.

The main premise is that a comet is heading to destroy the Earth, Moomin and Sniff are on the case, investigating here and there. Indeed they are away from home and in mortal peril a surprisingly large amou...more
Sally906
Opening Sentence: “…The Moomin family had been living for some weeks in the valley where they had found their house after the dreadful flood (which is another story)…”



COMET IN MOOMINLAND is the second in Finnish author Tove Jansson’s nine book Moomin series. The first book ‘The Moomins and the Great Flood’ referred to in the opening line, to my knowledge, has not been translated into English.



The Moomins are a family of trolls who are white, round and furry in appearance, with large snouts which...more
Teresa
Although I had a REALLY hard time getting into this, it was really funny once I did. It's a great mix of silly and whimsical, and homey and comforting. The Moomintroll and his friends Sniff and Snufkin set off to find out about the comet which they have heard is set to strike. So they go to the observatory to talk to the astronomers, who tell them exactly when it will strike, but don't seem to have thought about what that might mean (like lots of experts?). They realize they have to get home to...more
Nora
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...more
Erika Maruo
-Kodansha English Library I do not know the revel.
-10/27 = 45 minutes 11/1 = 35 minutes
-7words summary: bridge - exploration - cave - rain - Muskrat - raft - Snufkin
Discussion Question
1.If you can go somewhare you like, where would you like to go?
I want to go Neverland because I want to meet to Peter Pan.
2.When you go picnic, what food would you bring?
I would bring juice, sandwich and some sweets.


-11/4 = 30 minutes 11/5 = 45 minutes
-7words summary: harmonica - hot spring - Hemulen - comet - Snor...more
Anton Channing
Nothing quite compares to the experience of reading a book ostensibly aimed at children as an adult. I was always quite intrigued by the 1980's felt animation of Moomin and its strange characters. Who and what were they? But I never read this book as a child. Nor did I know it existed back then.

I think I would have enjoyed this book as a child a lot. However I can't regret as it was very enjoyable discovering it now, and it feels good for my inner child to discover something it never knew before...more
Kim
Hooray, my library seems to be getting in the new editions of the Moomin books! So you can expect more reviews of them from me by and by.

Comet in Moominland was the first full-length Moomin novel, published nearly 65 years ago. (The very first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood came out in 1945, so the Moomins celebrate their 65th anniversary this year.) The Moomin books in general are self-contained enough that the reader can start with any one of them, however, Comet in Moominland in...more
Oskar Nassar
Maailmas pole eriti palju toredamaid ja südant soojendavamaid raamatuid, kui muumide seiklused Muumiorus. Alustasin taas teisest osast "Sabatäht Muumiorus" (esimest osa "Muumid ja suur veeuputus" pole siiani saanud lugeda, kuna pole see ilmunud eesti keeles ega leidnud ka inglise keelset versiooni). See oli esimene muumide raamat mida ise väiksena omasin ja räägib kõigi peategelaste kohtumise loo. Inglise keelset tõlget lugedes ei tulnud osad kohad kuidagi tuttavad ette ja siis uurimise peale Wi...more
Phillip
After getting the sense from reading book number 7 in this series that it was something of a departure from the preceding six books, I felt I should start at the beginning to get a more rounded feel for these books. What I did not expect to find was an apocalyptic tale of how a set of whimsical characters deal with the end of the world. Although these whimsical creatures approach their dire circumstances with a charming naivete, they stand tall in presenting the truth that tribulation does not b...more
Zemkat
How had I never heard of the Moomin books before??

In this second (arguably first) book of the series, Moomintroll and friends travel far and wide to discover why they are seeing omens of a star with a tail.

This gentle, wandering, slightly non-sensical story reminds me very much of the Winnie-the-Pooh books. The illustrations are simple but amazing; I keep going back and looking at the one where Snufkin is escaping (on stilts) from an erupting volcano while little fire creatures soar overhead.

All...more
Laura
Vertasin Muumipeikkoa ja pyrstötähteä tahtomattani edelliseen lukemaani Muumi-kirjaan eli Muumipapan urotöihin. Pyrstötähti hävisi. Vaikka se onkin Urotöitä jännittävämpi ja nopeammin etenevä, se ei pärjännyt huumorissaan ja niin söpöissä hahmoissaan. Pyrstötähdessä hahmot, ne uudetkin joiden kanssa Muumipeikko ja Nipsu ystävystyvät, ovat jo hyvin tuttuja meille kaikille, Urotöissä Muumipapan nuoruudenystävät taas eivät niinkään.

Nipsu on kenties kirjan hauskin ja ylipäänsä parhain hahmo. En osaa...more
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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.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin...more
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