The Moomins and the Great Flood – Tove Jansson

     The Moomins and the Great Flood – Tove Jansson, translated by David McDuff,  Enfant, (9781770463202), c1945, 2012, 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Fantasy

 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?  Perfect!

 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.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/27/2018

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