Moominsummer Madness written and illustrated by Tove Jansson ; Translated by Thomas Warburton
New York : Henry Z. Walck, 1961. First American edition, first printing. Hardcover. 163 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. Price-clipped dust jacket with Hans Christian Andersen medal sticker. Red cover boards with gilt title at spine. Owner name on flyleaf. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
MADNESS written and illustrated by
SNUFKIN HADN'T COME yet, and Little My was sure the Groke had gotten him. Moominmamma tried to pass this over hastily; but still Moomintroll was worried. But soon there were new things to worry about, for the volcano erupted so that Moomin Valley was flooded. Fortunately, the Moomins found shelter in a house that floated by which turned out to be an abandoned theatre. At first, everything went wrong, because Emma, the old stage rat, didn't like them much, and Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden got left behind in a tree, and Little My got washed away. But then Emma explained about The Theatre, and Moominpappa wrote a play in blank verse, and Snufkin turned out not to have been eaten by the Groke at all, only settling accounts with the dreadful Park Keeper (and that had to be done on a Midsummer Eve).
This is an irresistible, whimsical tale of the Unbelievable, charming and fresh in text and illustrations, about creatures who always see the bright side.
About Moominsummer Madness :
"Nothing depresses these odd creatures of fantasy. To them, life is desperate but not serious. How can one fail to love them? They bring with them a spirit of hope and perpetual optimism.... If you are young in age or young in spirit you will enjoy reading this book. If you can¬not read you will still enjoy the pictures."
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Tove Jansson is both painter and author and has studied widely on the Continent. She comes from a talented family well known in Finland and Sweden. Her father is a sculptor, her mother designs, among other things, many of Finland's stamps, and her brother, with whom she lives on an island, published his first book at seventeen; They built the island house themselves and there, as the author says, "alarming and extraordinary things often happen in Moominhouse, but life is never boring — and that is a good thing."
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