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Moominpappa at Sea

Tove Jansson.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780374350321
Pages/Publication Date 223/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30561
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Off on a vacation to a lighthouse on a tiny island, the Moomin family find the space to grow and to do things they couldn't in their comfortable, cluttered Moominvalley house. Moominpappa, for example, wants to learn why the ocean acts the way it does, while Moomintroll wants to know why his family acts the way it does. Moominmamma awakens artistic talents she never knew she had, and mischievous Little My—well, she doesn't ever change. And there are others on the island, including a strange, silent fisherman, and the chilling Groke, who has come to the island for reasons known only to herself. Youngsters in Northern Europe know all about the Moomins, created in the 1940s by Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Tove Jansson, and her adorably plump little trolls have now entertained kids up to 12 (and more than a few grownups) in almost every country on earth. Looking rather like a family of small, furry hippopotami in Jansson's delightful ink drawings, the Moomins and their friends live in a big house in Moominvalley, where their good humor and imagination serve them well in adventures ranging from the slapstick to the quietly profound.

"A sense of gentle mystery haunts this seventh book in the Moomintroll series. The Moomin family moves to an island where an abandoned lighthouse will not light, where frightened trees move of their own accord through the island's rocky soil, and where we remember just how good a sandwich tastes in the middle of the night."—American Bookseller

"Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children's writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over 60 and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood."—Terry Pratchett

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