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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  858 ratings  ·  102 reviews
In Tove Jansson’s much loved short story, The Invisible Child, the isolated Ninny is helped to regain her voice and take her rightful place in the world using a simple Moomin recipe. She is welcomed into the Moomin family and treated with equality and respect. This is one of the most touching of all Moomin stories and is paired in this unique book with The Fir Tree, the Mo ...more
Hardcover, Gift Edition, 80 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Sort Of Books (first published 1962)
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We saved this Moomin book to read over the festive period. Having previously read and loved The Invisible Child we looked forward to the The Fir Tree but we didn't enjoy this as much as we expected. I didn't like Christmas being mentioned in the moomins world, I like the moomins world to stay other worldly and not like the one we live in. The storyline felt a bit forced as if Tove had sat down to write a Christmas moomin story rather than writing about this other world she knows like how the oth ...more
Alex Borghgraef
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I may not be in the intended age group for this, but the Moomins are for everyone, and I enjoyed this very much :-) The Invisible Child is a story with lot of depth, not only for a children's book, and The Fir Tree is just hilarious. Loved it, a beautiful gift, and I wish more people would read Jansson's strange and delightfully loving stories. ...more
I adore the Moonmins and these two short, yet very different, short stories are just as lovely. The first one tells the story of a child who was so mistreated by her carer that she simply stopped being visible. Time with Moominmama and the rest of the family though is the remedy! The second story is a Christmas one and, although timely, it just didn't quite fit with the former tale (even though it was wonderful and funny). ...more
Mathilde Paulsen
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars. What can I say, Moomin stories will always fill me with a sense of inner peace mixed with adventure. I love them! This book has two Moomin stories. The first is The Invisible Child and it is about a child who has been spooked into becoming invisible and she is given to the Moomin family to see if they can cure her. Through being kind and including her and showing her that life is not so scary, she comes back piece by piece. It is a wonderful story that has stayed with me since my chil ...more
Miss Bookiverse
I've read The Invisible Child before and I even remember the anime adaption of it. It's a sweet story with a lot of subtext and Moominmamma being as lovely and kind as ever.

The Fir Tree was a new one for me. It's a super cute story in which the Moomins are woken from their winter sleep to encounter Christmas for the first time. Nobody tells them what to do and what to expect though, which is not only amusing but also makes you rethink your own behavior during the Christmas season.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-finnish
As someone who was abused as a kid, I am biased when it comes to this story since Ninny was the first character I could ever relate to.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, childrens
Lovely short seasonal read, very characteristic of the Moomins and their philosophy of kindness and being carefree. Very pretty edition too 🎄
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
First published at:

I first discovered Moomin when I moved to the UK. For some reason Moomin never made its way to South East Asia, or even Australia, though it seems to be big in Japan. I immediately found the hipo-like creatures to be adorable, and went to buy some merchandise - mug, soft toy, postcards, shirt, notebook, even when I hadn't known the stories of Moomin at all. My other encounter was when I went to Helsinki and didn't know that Finland was
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two wonderful short stories featuring The Moomins with all money raised being donated to Oxfam in supporting of women and girls worldwide.

I'd recommend everyone to buy this book.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hb, 2020
A lovely edition (not sure if Oxfam receives any funds, or was just promoting it, but I was Very Good and resisted in our local shop several times). Both stories are quintessential Jansson (Invisible Child is quite unsettling) and nicely Christmassy. (If by Christmassy you mean 'sad in a way I can't put my finger on', which I almost always do.)

(Christmas present from PJ)
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, kids, fantasy, holiday
A sweet little hardcover edition of two stories previously published in "Tales from Moominvalley." "The Fir Tree" is especially appropriate for the holiday season and I read it as a bedtime brain cleanser for sweet dreams. ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Absolutely lovely. Two of the most beautiful and heartwarming Moomin stories, printed together for the best of causes.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was so sweet and adorable!! 💛✨
Matt Shelter
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I particularly liked The Fir Tree - it's a very good commentary on Christmas from the point of view of those who have never heard of it.

And overall this lovely little book just took me straight back to childhood when I used to watch the Moomin cartoons!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two delightful Moomin short stories. A happy little read.
Catherine Jeffrey
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Wonderful reading for any age.
Stephen Curran
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two wise and warm stories from TALES FROM MOOMINVALLEY, paired up in a beautifully designed little hardback book to raise money for Oxfam. What’s not to like?
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweet and quick little read, perfect for a stocking filler. 2 very meaningful stories for this time of year.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet, magical book. Tove’s writing is so precise and her messages so loving that it’s hard not to love her works. 4 stars because the book was so slight!
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Opening lines: ‘ One dark and rainy evening the Moomin family sat around the veranda table picking over the day’s mushroom harvest.’
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The Invisible Child: 5/5 stars
The Fir Tree: 4/5 stars
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is such a beautiful little book that I was always going to display it regardless, because I love the Moomins and I adore this Scandi aesthetic. The little gallery at the end is also a really lovely touch.

The Invisible Child seems to be the most famous Moomin story and so I had high expectations - having adored every other Moomin story I've read I was really excited to read the most popular one, which would surely be the best one yet. My disappointment was probably inevitable, then. I'm not
Harsha Priolkar
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This tiny, beautifully published hardback is a delight to hold and read 😊 I picked it up in The Moomin Shop in Covent Garden. Published in support of Oxfam, it contains two of Tove Jansson’s short stories, The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree.

I’ve read both these several times before, Jansson being one of my favourite authors for the way she writes - simple prose tackling complicated themes of love, identity, friendship, family, respect, tolerance and many more. She does that again, very effect
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book for a brilliant cause. All involved parties waived their fees meaning the £4.99 spent will go far.

Although a Moomins fan I hadn't read either of these stories before but thoroughly enjoyed both.

The Invisible Child is a tale with dark undertones but a basic message of offering kindness and understanding and the difference it can make to your fellow man, woman, or moomin.
The Fir Tree can only be described as cute and is a festive tale that will become part of my annual Christmas r
Liam Berge
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Being my first introduction into the moomin book world I am very happy that I picked this up.
Even though it can be seen as a children's book even the adults will enjoy the themes of the stories teaching lessons for all who read.
One little line which I loved is how they were drinking coffee instead of tea too, it may be the first time I've noticed that a family is not sitting at the table and drinking cups of tea but coffee in a book!
With the writing not making it childish but good reading for
Anne Bergshoeff
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book contains two short, brilliant stories by Tove Jansson. The first story, The Invisible Child, is a very touching story with a psychological message. It shows clearly the kind and sincere nature of the Moomins that Tove had in mind.
The second story can be seen as a criticism of modern culture. Christmas has turned into a time to be feared due to the social pressure we perceive. However, the main message of Christmas has been lost as well as the idea that it is a time of celebration and h
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas
I love Tove Jansson's Moomin stories, and when I saw that Waterstones and Oxfam were releasing 2 of the short stories in order to raise money for projects that fight inequality and help women and girls everywhere, I had to purchase a copy.

The Invisible Child is a gentle story about acceptance and allowing others to be themselves without the necessity to conform to others' expectations. It is a lovely, hopeful tale.

The Fir Tree is the Moomins' experience of Christmas - and normally the Moomins d
Melanie Williams
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A little gem of a book - two stories from Tove Jansson about the Moomins - as charming as ever and weaving a magical spell , which transports me right back to my childhood every time.... In fact both stories are taken from a short story collection 'Tales from Moominvalley' published in my birth year - 1962. There is also an engaging 'Moomin Gallery' at the end of the book compiled by Philip Ardagh. I'll end with some words from Moomintroll in 'The Fir Tree': 'If Christmas gets angry, we can clos ...more
Julia #BlackLivesMatter
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was actually my first ever Moomin book.
I don't know how I passed all my childhood without reading a single story - I even barely remember seeing them on TV and my mom mentioning them.
It's a shame because they are magical and every child should feel the joy of reading about their adventures.
Acceptance, kindness and inclusivity are important and very easy to understand, and absolutely essential for learning about the world. Tove Jansson left us an amazing legacy and her stories will always
Tal S
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
In Tove Jansson’s much loved short story, The Invisible Child, the isolated Ninny is helped to regain her voice and take her rightful place in the world using a simple Moomin recipe. She is welcomed into the Moomin family and treated with equality and respect. This is one of the most touching of all Moomin stories and is paired in this unique book with The Fir Tree, the Moomins’ gloriously unselfish take on Christmas. Alongside these two classic stories, this gift edition also includes an exclus ...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

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