Youth Services Book Review gives The Moomins and the Great Flood a starred review

“Starred Review ” / Youth Services Book Review / Katrina Yurenka / August 27, 2018

What did you like about the book?

This is a reprint of the first Moomin story that Tove Jansson ever wrote, written in 1939 and published in 1945. In all the years between then and now, the magic has not dimmed in the slightest. Moomintroll and his Mother, Moominmamma, are traveling through the forest looking for a sunny place to make their new home. Finding magical flowers that illuminate the dark forest, they meet up with a little creature who joins them in their quest. The find that the flower they have been using to light their way contains a lovely lady, with blue hair, the source of the light. They get a ride on a ship with the tiny Hattinfatteners. The story is pure magical fantasy. There are black and white illustrations on nearly every page that are just as charming and magical as the story.

Anything you did not like about the book?


To whom would you recommend this book?

To Moomin lovers, to lovers of Tove Jansson and anyone else who wishes to enter a magic realm of strange and wonderful creatures.

Who should buy this book?

Public and elementary school libraries 

Where would you shelve it?

Juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?

Yes, especially if you love the Moomins and Tove Jansson. 

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