Moominsummer madness

by Tove Jansson

Other authorsThomas Warburton (Translator)
Paper Book, 1971





London : Puffin, 1971.


A flood hits Moomin Valley and triggers a series of adventures for the Moomins.

User reviews

LibraryThing member melydia
Simply delightful. I am a longtime fan of the Moomins, a collection of unusual-looking critters whose calm and pleasing outlook on life is a pure joy to read. This time around, a flood washes through Moominvalley, forcing the Moomins to find a new home in a floating theater (though they don't know what a theater is). The humor is gentle but fun. I can't wait to read more of Jansson's books, including the comic strip collections.… (more)
LibraryThing member sirfurboy
A book that evokes images of long summer evenings, where all is well with the world. A perfect book for children. I loved this one and read it three or four times as I grew up.
LibraryThing member jmattas
A more dramatic, diverse adventure in Moominwalley with multiple storylines and a host of delightfully funny new characters. The beginning is not as catchy as in some other Moomin books, but once they get to exploring the theatre the usual wackyness appears and it's once again a pleasure to read.

I especially liked the characters Whomper (Homssu) and Emma, who gave some "outsider" observations on the Moomin family (let's face it, they are a bit strange). The theatre performance is also hilarious, and all over-enthusiastic lines spoken by little My.… (more)
LibraryThing member tripleblessings
The 4th book in the fantasy series of Moomin family adventures, written and illustrated by Tove Jansson. Strange fantasy creatures, funny adventures, endearing cartoon drawings. A bit hard to understand if you don't know the characters from previous books. (The first book is called Finn Family Moomintroll, in which a family of fantasy creatures discover a magical hat.)… (more)
LibraryThing member JapaG
This is another lovely romp in the Moominworld. This time they are forced to leave Moominvalley, because a giant wave has flooded it. They find an empty, floating theater, and much nice things and hilarity ensues.

I just love the Moomin books. They are easy to read in one night, and always put you in a good mood. You just have to love all the characters, even the "bad" ones. :)

Moominsummer madness may not be the best place to start with Moomins, though. The book sets out right in action, so you kinda have to know something about the characters already.
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LibraryThing member isabelx
Moominmamma nodded. She was dipping her snout in the water and looking at the bottom.
There’s a nice gleam down there,' she said.
'It’s your golden bracelet,' said Moomintroll. 'And the Snork Maiden’s necklace. Good idea, isn’t it?'
'Splendid,' said his mother. 'We’ll always keep our bangles in brown pond water in the future. They’re so much more beautiful that way.'

Another Moomin book, another natural disaster. This time a volcanic eruption causes a flood and the family has to take shelter in a floating theatre. I didn't enjoy it as much as the others in the series that I have read recently, as the supporting characters weren't as interesting.… (more)
LibraryThing member Crown-of-daisies
Delightful in every sense of the word.
Such a charm this book has that cannot be explained.In its simplicity and philosophical tone, the book tells a wonderful story.A pure,original work of art.It is one of those books which lead you to believe anything they might contain, however different. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the Moomins came out of the pages, so much like quirky real-life neighbors they are.It was a truly enjoyable read with a sweet and fun story. And the best part- age is no barrier for this book ! It can entice anyone !… (more)



Original language


Original publication date

1955 (English)
1954 (Swedish)

Physical description

143 p.; 20 cm


0140305017 / 9780140305012
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