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In a delightful, curious game of what comes next, Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma. A simple trip turns into a colorful adventure as Moomintroll meets Mymble, who has lost her sister, Little My. Along the way, they endure the hijinks of all the charming characters of the Moomin world, including the Fillijonks and Hattifatteners. WIn a delightful, curious game of what comes next, Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma. A simple trip turns into a colorful adventure as Moomintroll meets Mymble, who has lost her sister, Little My. Along the way, they endure the hijinks of all the charming characters of the Moomin world, including the Fillijonks and Hattifatteners. Will Moomintroll ever make it home safe and sound?A beautiful and boisterous story by internationally acclaimed children's author Tove Jansson, this picture book is sure to tickle the fancies of parents and kids as well as Moomintroll fans everywhere!...

Title : The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
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ISBN : 9781897299951
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 24 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My Reviews

  • Greg
    2019-03-21 03:55

    I love the way this book looks. The format is beautiful, the die-cut pages are wonderful, the words are written in a whimsically non-uniform script. The book is great to look at. I'm not so big on the text. It's not that it's bad, it's just not really Moomins. It's the characters but not the feeling (except for the Moominmama part, that is what one would expect). Normally Mymble is one of my two favorite Moomin characters, but what I like so much about her character isn't here. Instead this is just kind of a game of guess what happens next for kids, or maybe not game, is entertainment a better word? I'd rather if this game of what happens next were played with Mymble and Snufkin traveling along with the question of what sweetly melancholy event will they encounter next. Once again I have inadvertadly deleted a review while writing it, so this is a little shorter than I mean for it to be. Going to this webpage has a very nice splash page taken from the pages of this book. It's really cute actually...

  • Manny
    2019-03-01 07:29

    In this brilliant nonsense poem, which easily stands comparison with Lewis Carroll, Mumintroll is on his way home with a can of milk when he enters the dangerous-looking woods around nightfall:Från mjölkbutiken, klockan femEtt litet mumintroll gick hemEn kanna full med mjölk han barOch vägen lång och kuslig varOch vinden suckade och venI skogens alla mörka tränDet var ej långt från skymningenVad tror du att det hände sen?As on all the pages, the last line is Vad tror du att det hände sen?, "What do you think happened then?", and a piece of the next page has been cut away so that you can guess.It looks like the chimney of a house... but it's not! You turn over and discover it's Mymlan, who's sitting and weeping (she's a very weepy character) because her little sister, My, has got herself lost. The kind and practical Mumin suggests that they look for her. And their bizarre advantures continue, as they, among other things, get sucked into a Hemul's vacuum cleaner, frighten a Filifjonk out of her wits, and are nearly electrocuted by Hattifnatts. It all rhymes and scans perfectly, in the most charming way.In the end, they find their way back to Mumindalen. But... oh no! The milk's gone sour. Muminmamma isn't bothered, and says they're going to have raspberry cordial instead.I cannot overstate what a wonderful book this is! I must know nearly the whole thing by heart, having read it about a million times..

  • Hilary
    2019-02-24 10:54

    A moomin story with rhyming text. Little my is missing so moomin helps her sister Mymble search for her. On the way they meet lots of characters from Moomin valley. The illustrations are full page and very good, each page has a cut out part to look through to the next page and the reader is invited to guess what happens next. Great colours and a really fun read. We loved the page where the hattifatteners are having tea.

  • KatRi
    2019-03-18 09:54

    Ihana! Kuvitus ja kirjan aukot kiehtovat pikku lukijaa loputtomiin, eikä aikuinen lukija voi olla pitämättä kirjan kotoisasta kielestä, jossa Mymmelillä on "kolttu juovikas" ja Hommuli "käyttää pölynimijää".

  • Lusitarius
    2019-03-19 11:46

    Tämä kirja se vain paranee jokaisella lukukerralla !Tämä oli yksi lapsuuteni suosikkikirjoista; jaksoin kuunnella tämän uudelleen ja uudelleen väsymättä tarinaan, riimittelyyn tai kuvitukseen. Mitä ilmeisemmin myös oma jälkikasvuni on ominut saman piirteen, sillä lapset nauliutuvat kirjan ääreen samantien kun se kirjahyllystä nostetaan luettavaksi.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-25 11:57

    I have been thinking a great deal lately about the relationship between text and illustrations in children's literature. I can name three examples off the top of my head where the pictures go far beyond the words they ostensibly illustrate.In the first, Robert Frost's poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, is illustrated by Susan Jeffers, whom I can only assume has no relationship whatsoever to Mr. Frost. I had always found the poem itself beautiful and slightly wild in a somber sort of way: what in the world is this New Englander doing stopping in the middle of a forest in a snowstorm? My answer was always that the woods and the snow compelled him to stop. He pauses on his way and then, with a certain sadness, forces himself to resume his journey to home and hearth. Ms. Jeffers, however, creates an entirely different story with her pictures to explain this man's stopping in the woods. He is a Santa Claus figure with a jolly stomach and a long white beard, who brings hay and seeds to the friendly woodland creatures. In Ms. Jeffers' version, the trip to the woods to feed the animals mid-winter becomes the whole raison d'etre for the man's journey. In my opinion, Ms. Jeffers' illustrations sentimentalize the poem and diminish all power it has.In the second, Peter Spier (Caldecott-winner) illustrated the old song The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night. Instead of changing the story with his drawings, Mr. Spier illuminates it with a delightful surfeit of detail. We are immediately transported to a very distinct time and place: the New England countryside (I myself think it's probably the Berkshires) at harvesttime. The Fox who is the main character has an impossibly cozy den, populated by his wife and his little ones. Where I wholly applaud Mr. Spier's drawings, and deplore Ms. Jeffers', they are similar in that the poems which they illustrate are perfectly capable of standing alone without the drawings.The drawings in Tove Jansson's book, The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My, are entirely different. The text is not stand-alone; it is entirely dependent on the illustrations. I understand that one major difference between Ms. Jansson's illustrations and Ms. Jeffers' and Mr. Spier's is that Ms. Jansson both wrote and illustrated the book. However, not all author-illustrators make their pictures play as much of a pivotal role as Ms. Jansson does hers. Her book is an example, I think, of the highest symbiotic heights to which an author-illustrator can aspire.Ms. Jansson chose to use her pictures to explicate that which her words do not - and uses her words to explicate that which her pictures do not. This book tells the story of the journey of Moomintroll, an innocent little troll who looks quite a lot like a hippopotamus made out of marshmallow, his worried and tearful friend Mymble, a little girl, and Mymble's mischievous younger sister, Little My. Ms. Jansson uses her pictures to create a mood -- to evoke fear or radiate comfort, for example -- and also to tell us things about her characters we would otherwise not know. A great deal of her character development for "Little My" is done entirely through pictures and not through words. And the pictures themselves are wonderful: colorful and bleak at the same time, exciting, terrible, and -- at long last -- comforting. The text is often more fun than the pictures, with some very clever rhymes in English (Wikipedia informs me that Ms. Jansson was one of a Swedish minority in Finland, and that her books were originally written in Swedish; this book was very skillfully translated into English). Finally, I have to talk about the holes in the pages. In each page, there is a hole through which you get a glimpse of what's to come. The holes play another, more important role: it is through the holes that Moomin, Mymble, and Little My clamber through and move forward on their journey. And as you turn the pages and look back through the holes, your attention is focused on an entirely different portion of the pages you've left behind. Ms. Jansson is stunningly adroit at making it all fit together. This book is well worth reading and re-reading.

  • J.V. Seem
    2019-03-10 07:58

    I hadn't realized André Bjerke, my favorite poet, had translated Tove Jansson. That's brilliant.This is one of her Moomin picture books, written in rhyme, with holes cut in each page, showing a teaser of the next page, making this grown kid eager to find out what hides behind.This is the story of how Moomin, on his way home to his mother with milk, is led astray on a quest to find a missing friend.It's true, it's not a *ton* of action exactly, but the verse, translated by Norway's (in my opinion) best poet, and the wonderful pictures and simply stunning colors, along with Tove Jansson's menagerie of strange creatures, saves the book, and more than makes up for it.I really liked it.

  • Anna Nesterovich
    2019-02-23 05:56

    This is a wonderful book! First, it's about our beloved characters - Moomin Family. Second, it is well made, interactive, with flowing rhyme. Perfect for children from 3 years up.

  • Aniiee
    2019-03-03 04:33

    Jag älskar mumintrollet.... Som barn älskade jag att hitta på själv vad som "hände sen". Kan man få den liiiite längre.... =P

  • Tiia
    2019-03-11 09:41

    Tove Jansson läser hela "Hur gick det sen?"

  • τλιϓλ
    2019-03-17 06:58

    Last night before sleeping, I decided to read it, it was a very nice book, written in a poetic way, simple words, excited adventure and the characters were nice as well, I enjoyed the book fully and couldn't stop till I finished it. It wasn't a long one though but you find your self attracted to it since the first page, the way the words were written, shaped and the little artistic things they made in the book gave it a very lovely look. It deserved the full stars.

  • Alison
    2019-03-06 06:36

    This is beautiful. The art work and cut outs work beautifully with the rhyming text to help the child or children predict what will happen next. This book would work best for sharing in a small group or with an individual child, preferably ones who know the Moomin characters so that they can interact fully with the text. A pleasure to read.

  • Tosh
    2019-02-27 09:45

    From Finland, a national treasure - and why this book gets five stars is because of the design work. It's superb. Almost a 3D affect by the cut pages and by seeing the other page via a whole on the previous page, etc. Graphic design is the perfect medium for books. And this little killer of a book kicks a certain part of my body into a thrill.

  • Marci
    2019-03-16 07:57

    I love this book so much. The progression of the story is so engaging with the reader asked to guess what happens next at every page turn. The illustrations and cut pages are wonderful, and the fact that it's a product of Finland just puts it over the top. I love everything Scandinavian!

  • Anne
    2019-02-21 07:43

    As always, a completely charming Moomin story. A great read aloud for kids with beautiful art and cutouts.

  • Snufkin
    2019-02-21 09:44

    Absolutely awesome, a beautiful and creative book from cover to cover (literally), and the start of my cravings for raspberry moomin Arabia mugs...

  • Charlotte
    2019-02-28 09:54

    I love when the children pick this book to read. The illustrations and construction of this book truly create a world of wonder and surprise.

  • Heather
    2019-03-17 04:46

    This was my first introduction to the children's books by Tove Jansson and it's just as charming as hell. My daughter absolutely loves it! Will be investing in more.

  • Regina
    2019-03-12 07:37

    This one book is representational of my adoration of all things Moomin.

  • Katie Cat Books
    2019-02-25 05:45

    Poetic. Long. Windows.Story: Moomintroll is walking through the forest to home with a milk pail in his hands. The reader is asked "what do you think happens next" and so follows the adventure from one twist to the next all the way home.Language: The book is filled with full page illustrations that gave cut out windows in them. The readers can get a hint as to what or who will show up on the next page, and be able to answer the repeated question of what happens next. A small block of rhyming cursive text accompanies each page. The rhymes differ from normal Moomin story and flow but are still whimsical and enjoyable. Characters: Aside from Moomintroll, Mymble and Little My, we come across Gaffsie, a Hemulen, a fillyjonk, Hattifatteners, and Moominmama. You don't need to know who the characters are to enjoy the story, but fans will delight at each segment.A bit long poem for little readers, but enjoyable for older children and above fans.

  • Anna
    2019-03-05 08:36

    The first picture book in the Moomin series, The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My, captures the unusual and entertaining world which Tove Jansson has become so famous for. The beautiful picture book tells the story of little Moomintroll, on his way back home after collecting some milk for Moominmamma. On his travels he finds a distraught Mymble, who asks for Moomintroll's help as she has lost her little sister, Little My. The two set off to find Little My, and meet many unusual creatures along the way - but will they find Little My and will Moomintroll return home safely to Moominmamma? This enchanting text is an example of how words and pictures can work together to enhance and lift a narrative. The two aspects of the text work together simultaneously - using different fonts, text sizes, layouts and shapes to support both the story and illustration; keeping it very interactive, aesthetically pleasing and engaging.The layout of the book incorporates the use of small windows and cut-outs to reveal sections of the next page. This, used in conjunction with the repetition within the text, is an excellent device to develop children's prediction and inference skills - key skills within reading comprehension. In addition to this, it creates excellent opportunities for book talk, shared or guided reading. The text reminds me of the work of Dr. Seuss, using similar literacy devices (rhyme, nonsense words and rhythm) and illustrative techniques (dark, block colour, line drawings) to transport you to the fantasy world of Moomin valley. I loved this book - the unusual and nonsense characters, the tactile nature of the book, the interconnected text and illustration and the story were enjoyable from start to finish.

  • Sofie
    2019-03-18 06:33

    Though it is classified as a children's book, I think that the Moomin books are fit for all ages. Even on a bleak day, they always manage to bring a smile to my face and make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They are like a warm blanket, a steaming cup of hot cocoa or a crackling fireplace ... a must-read for anyone.

  • Mary
    2019-03-20 09:30

    From the die cut pages to the illustrations and hand lettering, the book itself is simply beautiful. The story is, of course, very sweet, but the die cuts and clever layovers make this book an experience.

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-02-21 06:56

    I see these Moomin books everywhere at the library and have wanted to read them, so I picked up this picture book. Perhaps I shouldn't have started with this one. It was alright. The cut outs of each page were neat, but otherwise, it wasn't the greatest thing ever.

  • Markku Kesti
    2019-02-26 09:58

    Tämä kirja tappoi kaiken kiinnostuksen Janssonin tekeleisiin noin neljännesvuosisadaksi. Onhan se klassikko, mutta minä en innostu vieläkään. Tunnistan toki taiteelliset ansiot, mutta henkilökohtaisesti pidän sekä kv tessiä, että valtion tulo- ja menoarviota kiinnostavampina kuin tätä kirjaa.

  • Nina
    2019-02-20 06:42

    Lovely for a bedtime story.

  • Claire
    2019-03-08 07:40

    So wonderful!!

  • Magdalena
    2019-02-24 09:54

    Niezwykłe wydanie wierszowanej powiastki o poszukiwaniach Małej Mi - powycinane części książki kryją różne krajobrazy.

  • No Books
    2019-02-24 05:46

    Il primo libro illustrato dei sei che la Jansson ha dedicato ai Mumin, pubblicato nel 1952.Come recita il sottotitolo, i protagonisti sono il troll Mumin, Mimla, e la piccola (e in questa occasione non particolarmente pestifera) Mi. Nella prima tavola Mumin attraversa il bosco per tornare a casa dalla latteria, e incontra Mimla sconsolata per la perdita della piccola Mi; i due partono alla ricerca della sorellina smarrita, e la sequenza di personaggi che incrociano lungo la strada rappresenta forse una delle migliori introduzioni alla valle dei Mumin: Gaffsa, Emuli, Filifiocche, perfino i Fungarelli, e alla fine mamma Mumin, che come sempre incarna la serenità casalinga a cui tornare alla fine dell’avventura.Le tavole sono colorate quasi esclusivamente in viola, rosso e arancione, con dettagli blu e gialli; il risultato è un’atmosfera psichedelica e scura, che non mancherà d’infondere una sottile, deliziosa inquietudine nei lettori più piccoli, mentre gli adulti finiranno per ammirare gli splendidi disegni. Le illustrazioni sono pannelli a tavola doppia dallo spettacolare effetto widescreen, e il tratto, nel caratteristico stile della Jansson, è pulito ma anche ricco di dettagli, ed ha una profondità assente dalle strisce a fumetti dei Mumin di quegli anni. La prima tavola è diventata la homepage del sito ufficiale dei Mumin: attenzione all’animazione iniziale! Ciascun pannello presenta un nuovo scenario, legato al successivo dal refrain “E ora prova a immaginare: cosa sta per capitare?”, ripreso anche dal titolo, sostanzialmente fedele all’originale Hur gick det sen? ovvero “e poi cos’è successo?”Felice l’intuizione di Roberto Piumini di abbandonare la struttura in metrica rimata del testo svedese nell’adattare l’ottima traduzione di Laura Cangemi, evitando i manierismi che appesantiscono il successivo Piccolo Knit tutto solo, e concentrandosi invece sulla calligrafia, nel dare un carattere diverso per ogni personaggio, con una resa grafica molto accattivante.Ma al di là di questi aspetti, a rendere il libro un gioiello sono le finestre ritagliate in ogni pagina, in posizioni e forme ingegnose e imprevedibili, studiate con intelligenza per affacciarsi tanto sul pannello precedente quanto sul successivo. Una sorpresa continua, e una meraviglia ben più duratura dei pochi minuti necessari a sfogliare queste 28 pagine. Anche perché l’ultimo buco è troppo piccolo per poter uscire dal libro!Più volte mi è capitato di chiedermi, quando si danno pieni voti ad un libro per l’infanzia? Ora ho la risposta.

  • Allison
    2019-03-18 04:50

    The format and style of this book were really cool. There were cut-outs on every page (including the covers) giving the reader a look into the next scene and a reflection upon the previous scene. The cut-outs were of differing sizes, shapes and locations throughout the book and complimented the artwork beautifully. For me, the delightfulness of book itself overshadowed the story itself.The text of the story looks like a little hand-written note on the pages and each section encourages the reader (or readie, as the case may be) to think ahead as to what will happen next. I love this tool in children's literature because it encourages their skills of prediction and deduction. And, by having that suggestion actually in print within the text, reminds the reader to encourage that process when they are reading it to someone else or to themselves.It's a fun little book that I wish I'd discovered when my children were little and I will recommend it widely.