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horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Comet in Moominland
by Tove Jansson
Age Range: 9-11
Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin’ books have become modern-day classics. They first appeared in 1945 and continued until 1971 by which time 11 titles had been published. Jansson was Finnish but she wrote the books in Swedish and did all the illustrations herself. Puffin Books have published several titles in the Moomin series.
When Muskrat gloomily explains what a comet is to Moomintroll and Sniff, they leave their comfortable home in Moomin valley to set out on an exciting trip to the Observatory in the mountains to look at the star with a tail. As it streaks towards the earth they encounter all kinds of dangers, not least in their desperate effort to reach home before it crashes.
This classic series by Tove Jansson never ages and is as enjoyable today as when it was written, and the amusing antics of the Moomin family and their friends remain undiminished. Often woven into the stories and carefully disguised are little moral lessons and philosophical observations made by the characters that add authenticity