March 21, 2017
But in the meantime, here's me, once again giving a public service announcement on Tove Jansson's Moomintroll books. I've mentioned them again and again and again (to lazy to link this evening, but take my word on it) and I'll keep on talking about them because someone may stumble across my blog who hasn't heard me yammering away on the topic and then they'll read my latest Moomin post and be amazed at the world of Moomins and off happily away they'll go, getting their Very Own Moomin book, and I'll have done a MIGHTY FINE THING for the world. Did you get all that?
The main family that anchors the series is the Moomintroll clan, which consists of Moominpapa, Moominmama (who carries her purse everywhere because everything but the kitchen sink is in it) and their son, Moomintroll. Although there are only three of them, they have some permanent friends who reside with/near them - Snuffkin (Moomintroll's bestie), the Snorkmaiden (who looks just like Moomintroll only she's a girl with bangs. Also she loves Moomintroll.), Mymble (a nervous girl who likes to clean, oh wait no, the one who loves cleaning is the Fillyjonk) and her tiny sister, Little My, who I'll follow up on further down.
There are loads of other assorted friends and frenemies who feature in the stories - including characters like Too-ticky and Sorry-oo, and Thingumy and Bob. And even someone named The Ancestor, who lives behind Moominmama's stove.
He had no clue what the deal was about Moomins. He was amazed to discover "this stuff was everywhere!". Uh, YEAH. Moomins are hugely popular in Europe, less so in the States. I'm not sure why.
Anyway, he brought us back (yes I claim 50% ownership along with Julia) stickers, a pillow case (ah young love! isn't it adorable?), and a Moomintroll stuffy and BEST OF ALL -- a tiny Little My doll.
I think these books really hit the sweet spot for kiddos ages 8-10. Although they look like little creatures that a 5 year old would enjoy, the subtle humor exhibited throughout the books is really best suited to a slightly older kid - 3rd through 5th grades.
So please. Hear my plea again. And if you don't, you can hear it next year, because I do some kind of Moomin post every year and I'll do so as long as I keep up this blog.....go get yo-self some Moomin books!