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Moominpappa’s Memoirs by Tove Jansson

Moominpappa’s Memoirs by Tove Jansson: I admit to being a little disappointed when I discovered that this was not the story of Moominpappa’s adventures following the Hattifatteners, but I soon came round to embrace this strange tale of fathers: Moomintroll’s, Sniff’s, and Snufkin’s, respectively. I was a little concerned that Sniff and Snufkin appeared to have never even met their parents, but I guess in Moominland that’s not such a crazy notion. Anyway, this is Moominpappa’s somewhat embellished account of his early years, from his abandonment at a Hemulen-run orphanage to the day he met Moominmamma. I was truly entertained by the Autocrat’s speeches, and the art was wonderful as always, but this was not my favorite Moomin book. Moominpappa’s inflated sense of self-importance was amusing at first, but became tiresome by the end. Luckily, it’s a very short book, and does not overstay its welcome.

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Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson: 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.

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