by Tove Jansson
The fifth book in the sweet, heart-warming adventures of the little trolls, or Moomins, begins with a
flood. The Moominfamily and their houseguests find themselves swept away in a strange, floating
house that is entirely open on one side, except for some huge, heavy curtains. The Moomins, you see,
have never heard of theatre; but they are about to get a strange, first taste of stage life.
This book is often funny, full of perilous encounters, and touched here and there by a spirit of
satire. Consider the terrible price Moomintroll pays for violating the custom about whistling on
stage, and the delight Snufkin takes (and we along with him) in fooling the Park Keeper, abolishing
the rules posted all over the park, and liberating small children from their joyless, regimented
existence. Of course Snufkin too pays a price for his mischief, by becoming responsible for a gaggle
of little creatures.
It is a hard heart that cannot warm to these characters, such as the smart-mouthed Little My, the
serious and inquisitive Whomper, the melancholy Fillyjonk, and even the officious Hemulens. To say
nothing of the ruggedly independent Snufkin, and the Snork Maiden with her silly notion about
picking nine kinds of flower on Midsummer Eve.
Would that everyone had childhood memories as carefree as the adventures of these little animals and
their fuzzy troll friends! Why, you'll just have to put such memories into your head. How? By
reading this book and others in the series!
Recommended Age: 10+
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