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Comet in Moominland

(Mumintrollen #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  14,091 ratings  ·  783 reviews
When all the people of the forest started making the same secret sign - a star with a tail on it - Moomintroll, who was a thoughtful fellow, recognised it as a warning.

So he and Sniff, the small animal, set out for the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to ask the Professor if a comet was really on its way to destroy the Earth.

And on their journey they met some interestin
Paperback, 158 pages
Published 2012 by Puffin (first published 1946)
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Soili Talvi This is the first Moomin book and the main characters meet for the first time so it is a good idea to start with this one.
Minttu Original was already written in 1946. The one I have is already 7th round and they keep reprinting them all the time.
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Hannah Greendale
[Note: Rating increased from 3 to 4 stars after reading the first moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood.]

Moomintroll’s quiet life is upended when foreboding images of a star with a tail send him journeying to speak with the Professors at the Observatory. Meeting new friends along the way and forging through perilous adventures together, Moomintroll and his companions arrive at the Observatory where they learn a comet is headed towards earth. Worse yet – the comet is predicted to land prec
Moomin and Sniff explore a path which leads to the beach, they play, look at nature and find a cave, but they feel uneasy as they start to notice patterns carved into trees and objects, even seagulls arranged into the shape of a star with a tail. Moomin and Sniff set off on a journey to the observatory to find out what is happening.

We really enjoyed the details in this story, and the ideas. Before reading this for the first time as a child I had never thought what the ocean floor would look like
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who knows some German
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
Richard Derus
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an inner child still stirring
Recommended to Richard 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. ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Paul E. Morph
Many years ago I was in hospital with a suspected fractured skull (turned out to be just a bad concussion) and this book was in the hospital book shop. I was not in the mood for anything heavy, for obvious reasons, so I read this, which was my first encounter with the Moomins in book form. I had fond memories of the fuzzy felt tv show when I was a kid but had no idea at the time the show was based on a series of books, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this.

Needless to say, I loved it, and r
This here (and unfortunately also extremely rare and generally rather massively expensive if indeed even available used online) Ravensburger Taschenbücher German language translation of Tove Jansson's Komet im Mumintal (which Swedish language original title on the Goodreads database is Kometer kommer, although Vivica and Kurt Bandler's 1970 translation actually claims the original title to have been Kometjakten) was one of my favourite childhood reads (a book that I received in a large stack of ...more
Re-read 02.04.2020
No change in rating.

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.

When the 1992 animated movie premiered in Finland, my mom took me to see it. The p
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly Dunn
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just delightful! I never read these as a child, but I believe this is the beginning of a new obsession.
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dov Zeller
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics-comics, kids
Tove Jansson is a genius! Her humor is always understated and overdone -- a unique absurdist matter of fact emotionally evasive and, of course, refreshingly direct, marshmallowy slapstick.

"I can't leave my imperial snorks to the comet!"

I so love the ghost in this one, and the dance, the heroic tree-climbing incident, and the moving of things to "safer places." The disappearing ocean, the pisciculturist, his screaming shrimp, and the fantastic finale.

Jansson makes terrible fun of dramatic tens
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Moomin books are always deceptively simple. I love how Jansson balances the matter-of-fact and the bizarre, and always constructs her stories with her characters front and centre, with all their flaws and quirks and earnest humanity. I always feel like I've learned some big things after reading these. I was especially interested in checking this one out as I hadn't read it before, and it's the first appearance of Snufkin, who is in a lot of ways my favourite character. ...more
It's been a long time since I've visited the land of the Moomintrolls, and it truly has not dulled with age. Just as beautiful, interesting and odd as I remember! ...more
Jay Moran
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moomintroll thought how frightened the earth must be feeling with that great ball of fire coming nearer and nearer to her. Then he thought about how much he loved everything; the forest and the sea, the rain and the wind, the sunshine, the grass and the moss, and how impossible it would be to live without them all, and this made him feel very, very sad.

I think The Moomins are the antidote to every bad and blue feeling. Glossy with charm and sharp with Jansson’s wit, it’s impossible not to be en
Sophie Crane
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a Corker of a Read, Highly Recommended!
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the only answer is to take out your mouth-organ and play a song about the blue horizon.
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪

I can't believe this book was written 40 years after the first one!!! I can totally see the difference. A quick cute read :))
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids
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
Why am I so late coming to the Moomins? I must have been crazy. First I loved the comic strips Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1 and now, with Tove's second Moomin novel read, I have found that I adore her written work as much as her illustrations.
Comet in Moominland involves Moomintroll, Sniff and Snufkin (my fav.) going on an adventure to try and solve the mystery of the looming comet making its way towards earth. They encounter many weird and wonderful creatures on their
A fantastical, whimsical, comical, almost tragical adventure in which Moomintroll is involved in a child's-eye-view of the impending apocalypse. Along the way, he meets strange characters, some of whom will become beloved friends of both the Moomins and the reader (Snufkin, I'm talking about you!).

It's no spoiler - there's another seven books in the series - to say that everything turns out OK. The enjoyment is in the journey and the heroic and cowardly antics of the Moomins and friends and, for
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a 4.5 Stars read for me!

I received the first four newly released Special Edition Moomin books for Christmas and firstly I need to comment on how beautiful they are! The covers, illustrations and extra details are just beautiful and a great quality!

Comet in Moominland was a very fun, adventurous read which introduced all of the main characters! I loved the whimsical nature of the book, in that even with a Comet looming overhead, the Moomintroll and friends still find time to battle a cr
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moomins, fantasy
A visitor from space is hurtling towards Moominland but it isn't friendly, in fact it could cause devastation. Young Moomintroll and his friend Sniff set off to an observatory on a mountain to find out exactly when and where the comet will land.

Comet in Moominland is therefore a tale of their expedition -- but it is not really all about that, for Jansson's story is, as all good stories are, about the people involved and their relationships with each other.

For those, like me, faintly familiar or
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming and delightful. The illustrations are just as charming. If you haven't met a moomin yet, rectify that asap.
I think I like Snufkin and the Muskrat the most but Moominmamma is the mother all children's books should have, and Moomintroll is simply adorable.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sutch a charming read, and the suspense lasted trough the entire novel. Until the last page I was not sure if they would survive the comet XD.
Comet to Moominland by Tove Jansson get a 8.9/10 stars.
★★★☆☆ | sweet. pure. creative.

this was such a cute story. obviously, i understand i’m not the target audience for this book (i only picked it up because i wanted something quick and fun, and this is one of my friend’s all time favorite book) but i still feel like i can give a quick summary of what i thought. so. here are those scattered thoughts: besides the story being a bit boring at times, it was overall a really nice read that took place in a very unique and intricate world and included a tr
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
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
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too.

Comet in Moominland was a present from my lovely Finnish friend Tecsie along with some other good from Finland.

I had intended to read it straight away but I ended up being very lucky as it won the vote for Books and Tea’s read-along for January.

I don’t read a whole lot of Middle Grade books but I’ve seen a lot of art of the Moomin characters and was pretty excited to start it.

Comet in Moominland is listed a
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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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