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Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Vol. 3

by Tove Jansson

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Format: Hardcover, 8x11, black & white, $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-897299-55-5

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
Moomin, the appealing hippolike troll, and his family and friends are back. This volume features characters from the author's well-known children's books in five short, amusingly chaotic adventures, including an errant Martian spaceship crashing in Moomin's garden, Moomin and his family moving into a haunted lighthouse, and Moomin's levelheaded and practical Moominmama joining a gang of burglars. The stories are fast moving and humorous, but also bring up thought-provoking questions such as What is romantic love? and Is it better to have security or freedom? Jansson's expressive line drawings give the Moomin family, as well as other characters like Stinky the burglar and Moomin's neighbor Mrs. Fillyjonk, unique personalities. Teens will enjoy the whimsical characters and appreciate the exploration of human nature and society through the eyes of another species.— Sandy Schmitz, Berkeley Public Library, CA