Thoughts on Tove Jansson’s ‘Finn Family Moomintroll’

Moominpappa's new hat

Yes, I know that this is technically a children’s book. However, as I’ve said before about Roald Dahl, I think it’s fine to read children’s book when adult if they are classics, and Jansson’s Moomin books fit that label magnificently.

Finn Family Moomintroll is the third Moomin book, published in 1948, but was marketed as the first in the series when published in the UK in the 1961. I honestly can’t remember whether I’ve read it before, as I did read several of the stories when I was younger, and remember that I really enjoyed them. Upon reading this book now, I was impressed by the fact that it is not all light and airy, and indeed the series gets progressively darker in the later books Moominland Midwinter, Moominpappa at Sea, and Moominvalley in November. Strangely, this darker tone appeals to me, and I would be interested to read these volumes.

Finn Family Moomintroll revolves around the discovery of a magician’s hat which can transform anything placed inside it into something else, and this makes for some inspired and entertaining exploits. I particularly liked the clouds that appeared from an eggshell placed in the hat, and found the entire plot extremely satisfying.

There’s very little else to say about this, but I did enjoy it, and hope to read more, with the eventual hope that I can introduce my children to this series, and have a new excuse to buy them all!

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