Moominland midwinter

by Tove Jansson

Other authorsThomas Warburton (Translator)
Paper Book, 1971





London : Puffin, 1971


When Moomintroll wakes up in January, he finds that winter has changed all his favorite places in the Valley.

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LibraryThing member jennyo
Another read-aloud to the kids. They really like the Moomins. Especially Moomintroll. In this one, Moomintroll, who usually hibernates all winter, wakes up and can't get back to sleep. He meets lots of new friends and learns what snow is really like. Sweet and gentle and perfect for bedtime.
LibraryThing member mooingzelda
Moomins hibernate every winter with a bellyful of pine needles... but what happens when one of them wakes up before the spring? This book explores Moomintroll's adventures in Moomin Valley after he awakens from his slumber to a sunless world.

The book follows the style of the previous titles in this series in some ways, introducing us to quirky new characters, churning out line after line of brillantly quotable dialogue, and raising more than one smile with some eccentric author's notes at the bottom of some of the pages.

However, the happy-go-lucky life normally associated with Moomintroll is drastically changed, and in this sense we realise that Moominpappa's and Moominmamma's beloved son is starting to grow up.

It's both amusing and slightly sad to see how Moomintroll reacts to the new world around him - with denial, anger and a heart-rending longing for the spring.

But, as you might expect from a Moomin book, there's lots of adventures to be had nevertheless, meaning that the reader is carried away on a rather wonderful ride filled with endearing squirrels, sculptures that come to life and lots and LOTS of lovely, lovely jam.

A brilliant read for young and old Moomin fans alike.
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LibraryThing member JapaG
Taikatalvi (Moominland Midwinter) is the best of the moomin series. It starts as Moomintroll wakes up in the middle of the winter from his usual winter slumber. All the rest of the family is still asleep, leaving Moomintroll to discover the new season all to himself.

And what a beautiful journey it is. Like the best of stories, it is at least as much a tale of self-discovery than it is of finding out things outside. Moomintroll makes new friends, finds out that the things he used to think of as frightening are just different and not that scary anymore, and grows as a moomin in all aspects.

Taikatalvi is a great story for all ages, and we all can look at the world a bit differently once we have read it. Especially during the winter. :)
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LibraryThing member JimmyChanga
A quirky kids book, seemed kinda aimless and random for a while but the last 50 pages or so were more focused and I liked it more. I think I would've liked it more if I read it during winter, while waiting for spring; but I read it in the middle of summer. You can really tell a Scandinavian author wrote this one.
LibraryThing member jmattas
Winter reveals a literally darker side of Moominvalley and brings a whole new dimension to the Moomin stories. This book is not nearly as funny as the previous ones. There's no wacky humor this time -- "Midwinter" deals with themes such as death, loneliness and sadness. At first the seriousness is a mild disappointment, but once the new wintery characters have been introduced, the book proves itself one of the best of the series.

It is metaphore of growing up, taking responsibility, having a look at life -- also the darker side of it -- on your own, and having your first entirely own experiences. Too-Ticky's character is great as a realist, introducing Moomintroll to the winter.

The atmosphere is magical, I especially loved the mysterious winter creatures, "too shy or weird to come out in the summer, or nobody believes in them". This makes you look at the other Moomin books in a whole new light. Perhaps as a stand-alone story this wouldn't deserve all five stars, but knowing the characters and the Moominvalley in the summer, this is definitely great.
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LibraryThing member MagisterLudi
These are just wonderfully twisted little tales. Maybe they are particularly odd to an American so far from the geography and culture of Jannson. Maybe Jansson is particularly twisted.
LibraryThing member flydodofly
Read Moomins because of other Tove Jansson's books, and because of so many people who love them. I like her books, but do not think I will become one of the Moomins fans. They remind me of Winnie the Pooh books, with their philosophical simplicity. Not sure I appreciate it.
P. 17 That would take some time, but at least the decision was made. And that's always a good thing.
P. 25 All things are so very uncertain, and that's exactly what makes me feel reassured.
P. 48 It's very hard to tell if people take any pleasure in their tails when they're dead.
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LibraryThing member PhilSyphe
I used to like the "Moomins" TV show when I was a boy and remember being excited to receive a copy of this book.

Can't remember much about the story now though. Reckon it was around 1984 when I read it.
LibraryThing member greeniezona
It wasn't at all consciously deliberate, but it was so entirely perfect reading this book to Jefferson in January, just when Michigan gave up holding out on winter and started with the snow and cold like a proper winter. Moomintroll, you see, is supposed to hibernate through winter, but this time he wakes up and cannot go back to sleep. And poor Moomintroll is so shocked and distrustful of this winter which has transformed his familiar world into something entirely alien.

Moomintroll is a wonderful protagonist, especially for the introverted reader (or listener!) He has this complicated inner world and we can see when he gets hurt or when other people drive him absolutely around the bend, but despite his frustration tries always to be polite and kind. And as a result often ends up friends with those very people.

Of course, as his polar opposite we have the fierce Little My, who also unexpectedly awakens this winter. Little My says what she wants and does what she wants and could mostly not care less what anyone else thinks, but then every once in a while shows that she is as fiercely loyal as she is independent -- however that works out. As much as I love and identify better with most of the other characters, Little My is always my favorite.

Well, Little My and the Dweller Under the Sink.

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LibraryThing member melydia
The Moomins usually hibernate for half the year, but one day Moomintroll wakes up to discover a snow-covered world he's never known. Being a longtime Moomin fan, I was predisposed to enjoy this book. The characters and illustrations are simply charming, depicting an innocence without ignorance. It was not my favorite of the Moomin adventures (I'm not sure it could be without Snufkin), but it was still a fun little tale. I particularly liked Moominmamma's comments upon waking. She's my hero.… (more)


Original language


Original publication date

1958 (English)
1957 (Swedish)

Physical description

138 p.; 20 cm


0140305025 / 9780140305029
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