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Moominsummer Madness

(Mumintrollen #5)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  9,049 ratings  ·  393 reviews
A great flood wave threatens Moomin Valley!

When the Moomin family is flooded out of its home, the Moomins set about finding themselves a new one. And being resourceful little creatures, they soon find a very original one: a floating theatre!
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 3rd 2010 by Puffin (first published 1954)
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Apr 30, 2008 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.
Aug 16, 2014 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
Stephen Curran
May 25, 2015 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! ...more
The Moomin family wild adventures starting with a volcano and a flood which separates them - for a while


Why do volcanoes annoy us so?
Moominmamma rose with a sigh.
‘So very annoying, this volcano,’ she remarked.
‘Volcano?’ asked Little My, and thrust an interested head out of the wool.
‘Yes, it’s a mountain not so very far from here, and all of a sudden it’s begun spitting fire and smoke over the whole valley,’ explained Moominmamma. ‘And soot. It’s always kept quiet and good ever since I married. A
Spencer Orey
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Moomin book.

Disaster befalls Moomin Valley, and everyone is totally chill about it. These books are awesome. The family finds a floating theater and has to figure out what a theater is and how to put on a play. The play is hilarious.

There's a part where Moomintroll ends up in jail. I've been waiting for something bad and dated like this to happen in the series. It was a gentle jail experience, but it's striking how jail was just this normal thing in kids books so long ago. Terrible,
Paul E. Morph
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely Moomins book in which the Moomins are forced to leave their happy valley when a volcanic eruption causes a huge flood.

The only thing I don’t like about these books is that characters are constantly disappearing between books with absolutely no explanation! Where did Sniff, the Hemulen, the Snork and the Muskrat go between the last book and this one?

Anyway, that’s it for me, reading-wise, this year, as this is my last book of 2020. Happy New Year, all!
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪

Beautiful Midsummer atmosphere! Another wholesome Moomin's book :))
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
So awesome! Moominvalley floods, and they take shelter in what was actually a theatre that had drifted by. Some truly charming and hilarious moments.

Reread 2019: Truly one of the weirder of the Moomin books, and that's saying quite a lot!
Bruce Beckham
I thought I had read all of the Moomin series, when I discovered this book in a soon-to-be-pulped pile resulting from one of my wife’s ruthless playroom culls.

While it lacks the originality and some of the endearing characters of the earlier classics (such as Comet in Moominland, and Finn Family Moomintroll), it nevertheless offers a heart-warming reminder of the enduring themes of ‘safe jeopardy’ and trusting optimism that underpin Tove Jansson’s brilliantly imaginative works.

The house might be
Paula Bardell-Hedley
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moominites of every age!
“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.”
Moominsummer Madness is the fourth title in Tove Jansson’s series of stories about a family of benevolent, philosophical trolls with downy fur and soft round snouts, who reside in a rather unusual house in an attractive woodland valley by the sea.

Moominites tend to consider this book, first
Mira | I Read Like Phoebe Runs
One of my all time favorites, and perhaps my favorite Moomin book altogether. It is magical, filled with comforting wisdom about life and how to deal when a crisis hits. Moominmamma is the greatest character of all times, I just freaking love her.
I loved this as a ten year old, and I love it now as a forty-eight year old. Timeless!
J. Boo
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A volcano unleashes a tsunami that floods Moominvalley, causing the family, no more than mildly perturbed by the experience, to take refuge in a floating theater. Jansson pokes fun at the theatrical, the overly loquacious, the control freaks, and others, in way accessible to children and enjoyable to adults.

Lots of friends here are into the Moomins, and, now that I've read one, I can see why - "Moominsummer Madness" was a hoot. It's far down in the series, but it wasn't difficult to understand t
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 ...more
Jorge Rosas
The Moomin family finds a theatre and tries to perform their own play, that’s the memorable part of the book, but they end up there because of a volcano and a following flood of Moomin valley! Snufkin does some vandalism against some repressive figures and the consequences are bot fund and sad.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely positive read!
Nora Cassandra
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful and lovely summer trip I enjoyed in the middle of cold Finnish winter. Now I can't wait for summer. <3
Flood sends the Moomin family from their home during the height of June. Unbeknownst to them, they end up living in a (view spoiler), and I'll admit I'm not enamored of the dramatic irony and pastiche that this introduces; I love these books more when they're cozy/domestic or atmospheric/magical--funny/campy is less my vibe. But there's still so much cozy and atmospheric to be had. Multithreaded, coincidence-laden plots are difficult to pull off in more serious w ...more
Mathilde Paulsen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite Moomin story, but still amazing!
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried... it moved me, Bob.
No, but for real, I was so full of gladness I literally cried through the last three chapters. It’s beautiful. Tove Jansson UNDERSTANDS.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply a joy. A didn't know what was going on most of the time, but that was half the fun. ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_to_kids
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
Re-read 21.6.2020
From 3 stars to 3.5 stars.

This is the only Moomin book that I always expect to be more magical and, I don't know, more summery I guess. That's not to say that it's not. I just don't personally get that feeling or love it as much as I'd like to, even though it's set during Midsummer.

Overall, it's a fun adventure during a flood. The magic of theater turns out to be more difficult to create than the Moomin family ever thought, Snufkin tries his hand as a foster father, and some of
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I literally carried this book everywhere with me for a solid month, re-reading it over and over and ... well, you get the idea. I bought it from one of those Traveling Book Fair vans that came to my school in (I think) 4th grade. I still have that copy, and have since purchased all the others, including the complete comic strips in hard cover. I can't say enough good things about these books that kids and adults alike can enjoy. ...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. ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild! The Moomins are flooded out of the Moominhouse, washed away from their happy valley but discover a floating theatre and try out their thespian moominosity! Hilarious indeed!
Wonderful. Few things are more fun to read with my kids than the Moomins. Tove Jansson is one of a kind.
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very odd children's book, but somehow warm and appealing all the same. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
I really like the Moomin books, and found this one as delightful and charming as the others I've read. A fun summer read! ...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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Mumintrollen (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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