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Mumins lange Reise

(Mumintrollen #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  13,367 ratings  ·  568 reviews
Die Mumins - längst haben diese liebenswerten Trolle aus Finnland Weltruhm erlangt. In unglaublich phantasievollen, lustigen und poetischen Geschichten erzählt die finnische Autorin Tove Jansson von dem unvergesslichen Mumin und seinen Freunden. Sie schafft damit Abenteuer, die von Kindern und Erwachsenen wieder und wieder gelesen werden. Ein Klassiker der Kinderliteratur ...more
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published by Arena (first published 1945)
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i got this wonderful book from connor for my birrrtthhddaaayyy!!!

and it is yet another book that is beautiful enough that even had its contents been crappy, i would still love just to hold it and heft it and appreciate the texture and weight of it. it is from a small publisher whose motto is "publish few but wonderful books."

see for yourself:

this is the first ever moomin book, published in 1945. it was out of print for forever, then reprinted in 1991, and then re-reprint
Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

A playful introduction to the world of moomins, replete with charming illustrations.

Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, czech
I know that I'm going to sound strange, but as a kid, I was terrified of moomins! And my mum always kept reading it to me. And it terrified me! 👻😱😱 ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-childhood
On no account should anyone trying Tove Jansson for the first time start with this book, the original Moomin story, published in 1945 and recently translated into English for the very first time. Because of course there's a reason why it was untranslated all these years (and, additionally, out of print in the original Swedish); it's just not that good. The art work is charming, but the story, which is quite short, is just kind of random, helterskelter, and unsatisfying. That being said, it's a m ...more
Spencer Orey
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
A wandering first adventure. A bit scattered, like a fairytale, but the language is delightful and the lovely illustrations do a lot of descriptive work.

This is my first Moomin book! What are your favorites?
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard of Tove Jansson and her Moomins, but that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge. It was therefore a lovely surprise to discover this fairy tale, featuring Moomintroll and Moominmamma in their search for a place to live and their long lost Moominpappa.

The writing is simple but not devoid of lyricism. Being a translation, I can but wonder at how the original text feels, and if this is even more pronounced. The story follows a ‘typical’ search with mini adventures punctuating the
When I was a child and read Tove Jansson's evocative and adventurous tale of how a comet threatens the Moomins and their valley (Comet in Moominland, although I actually read it in German), I was rather annoyed and frustrated with and by the fact that while there were all these textual allusions and hints at the beginning of Comet in Moominland of there having previously been a massive flooding, the novel where this so-called Great Flood occurs had never been translated from its original Swedish ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moomin fans
We loved reading this first moomin book again. Lovely to see the first tentative drawings of the moomins. We were really shocked how this book must have hugely influenced Roald Dahl, this story pre dates charlie and the chocolate factory but has too many similarities to be a coincidence.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loves me some Moomins!
This is the original story, coming in 1945 before the comic strip or the first of the famous novels, Comet in Moominland. It has none of the satire of either of the former but it does have the same bizarre, delightful, magical world of strange creatures and peculiar adventures, featuring everybody's favourite troll family. Speaking of delightful, Jansson's illustrations are as wonderful and playful as you would expect. This edition is an inexpensive fairly large format ha
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪

As far as my memory goes into my childhood, I've always loved Moomins. My copy of Moominland Midwinter was not only my most prized possession when I was a child but probably the reason why I became a reader in the first place. So it's very weird for me to read this book for the first time as an adult, considering that this was the first Moomin novel ever published. I can't believe this book was published back in 1945! The difference between this and the newer volumes is very easily spotted, esp
Bam cooks the books ;-)
#2016-aty-reading-challenge-week-30: A fairytale from a culture other than your own.

The first of the Moomin fairytales by the Scandinavian author, Tove Jansson, is quite charming. Moomintroll and his mama set off on an odyssey to find a nice sunny place where they can build a house. Along the way, they make new friends, face dangers and reunite with Moominpappa. A timeless children's classic.
Paul E. Morph
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, charming, little story about a family of cute trolls and their friends who are looking for their lost papa. Heaps of childhood nostalgia and still enjoyable as an adult (although my adult self found the plot a little random, if I’m honest).
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember Moomintroll from TV adaptations and Jackanory readings from when I was a child, but I've never read any of Jansson's Moomin stories until now. I liked it!

The story has its interesting points, but what makes this book for me are Jansson's illustrations - very strange, phantasmagorical and other-worldly.

The slim story is a series of episodes in the journey made by Moomintroll and Moominmamma, searching for the missing Moominpappa who, for no good reason that I can discern, has left his
Smitha Murthy
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children, fiction
Awww, I hadn't even known of the existence of Moomins until yesterday. These are short, delightful reads - I wish mine was an illustrated one, though! ...more
As someone who grew up in Sweden, the Moomins have always been a part of my childhood. I watched the TV series with my parents because they were a bit too scary sometimes. I went to the library to borrow the computer games and sat in our closet, building ice castles with Moomin. I ate my cereal with a moomin-spoon, actually I still do. Even my wallet has Moomins on it. But I realised that I never read the books, therefore I decided that I should read them.

This is the first in the series and it'
As with all of Tove Jansson's work, The Moomins and the Great Flood is an absolute delight. I chose to reread it during the summer, and gloried once more in its beautiful illustrations, and its inventive story. The artwork here is both whimsical and dark, and sets the tone wonderfully. Immersive and glorious. ...more
Is there a better quarantine read than the moomins? I don't think so ...more
Girl with her Head in a Book
For my full review:

2017 has been the year of my Moomins Renaissance , inspired in no small part by my visit to the exhibition in the Southbank Centre which really helped to put the background mythology of the series into context.  Like all of the best literature written for children, it can be just as easily enjoyed by adults.  As long as you can actually get hold of it of course - despite being the first story written, The Moomins and the Great Flood was
I can't tell what I like better: Tove Jansson's writing or her illustrations. They go so well together like sunshine and water on a bright summer day. ...more
Read now because of the blog event Women in Translation Month.

I don't really know Moomin characters like many of you do: I didn't see a Moomin book until the age of 7 or 8 (and remember realising these were the Moomin things some of the other kids had been talking about) By then, they looked a bit 'babyish'. I read the then-available books very quickly and often once only.

So reading this - recently translated to English for the first time - I had little to no idea of how different the character
Tove Jansson's first novel for children, published in '45 carries with it the sense of tension and foreboding that she herself felt at the dawn of war. Moominmamma and Moomintroll enter the dark wood in the hope of finding a new home and some sunlight. Their journey takes them to some magical places where they meet some wonderfully original and vivid creatures until they hear word that Moomintroll's father, who had gone missing, may be close by. This story powerfully evokes a sense of danger and ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being a massive Moonin fan when I was a kid, for some reason I never ended up reading the books. I'm trying to fix that now. And what's a better start than the first Moomin book ever?

The Moomins and the Great Flood is a short story of Moomintroll and Moominmamma searching for Moominpappa, who's gone off adventuring with Hattifatteners. Along their journey, Moomintroll and Moominmamma meet curious creatures and persons, and find themselves in scary as well as in peculiar places. Tove's dr
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Miyazaki fans
Delightful, charmingly illustrated little story. The first time I was introduced to Moomins was by a uni friend only about 5 years ago. I watched one episode and thought it was bizarre, a little scary and intriguing. After that brief introduction, I thought I'd look into this Moomins fairytale and I can't help but feel a little sad that Moomins were not part of my childhood. Like a Scandinavian Miyazaki, Tove Jansson's Moomin characters and world feel both real and fanciful. Though simple in sty ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I happily started the Moomins serie! It is adorable and so so nice to just get to know their story and adventures!
I'm looking forward to reading the following books for I know they're going to be happy reads
A.E. Shaw
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

I know I tried to read the Moomin stories when I was little, but something about them felt very bleak, and very scary, and I just couldn't. And then the TV series really gave me the fear. It wasn't until I went and spent a considerable amount of time in Finland and Sweden that I thought I ought to give them another go, for they are so very beloved, even by my nearest and dearest, and still I'd refused to read them. So, after watching the lovely, lovely BBC4 documentary about Tove Jansson the oth
Stephen Curran
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aside from hazy memories of the animations being on television when I was a child, I am a new arrival in Moominland. I read elsewhere that even though The Moomins and the Great Flood is the first book in the series, it is not recommended as an introduction: the main characters arriving fully formed later on. This was the first story to be written but the last to be translated into English. Nevertheless, I was won over.

Given that it was written in 1945, it is perhaps unsurprising that it is a tal
Krista Claudine Baetiong
This tells the great adventure of two Moomins, Moominmamma and her child Moomintroll, as they search for Moominpappa and a warm place to build their home. They meet new friends, small creature and Tulippa, who decide to come with them on their journey and help carry out daring exploits at the heart of a great flood.

This is a very creative and enjoyable children’s story, even stirring a few memories of my own whimsical juvenile adventures. Too bad I haven’t heard of the Moomins when I was a kid.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite in every way - the feel of it in my hands, the illustrations (pen and ink as well as beautiful sepia washes), the slender and rather endearing noses of these early versions of Moominmamma and Moomintroll, the quest for Moominpappa, the endpapers, the design. Also a steal at half the cover price.
Chavelli Sulikowska
Who could not love the Moomins? Jansson’s desire to escape the bleak realities of the war spawned a nostalgic and comforting world to which to retreat. A simple dawdle in the wind, a distraction, a hark back to the forests and valleys of childhood resulted in the Moomins family, who filled the hearts of children with a fuzzy warmth during a time of great cold.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Moomin since I was a child and decided to re-read the books. This brought back so many memories and I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read!
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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

Other books in the series

Mumintrollen (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, #2)
  • 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)
  • The Adventures of Moominpappa
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