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Summary

If you haven't met a Moomin yet, you're in for the most magical fun! The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Tove Jansson's endearing classic, Moominpappa at Sea, read with warmth (and some lively character voices) by the comedian Hugh Dennis. A Moomintroll is small and shy and fat, and has a Moominpappa and a Moominmamma. Moomins live in the forests of Finland. One day Moominpappa is feeling at a loss. He has no idea what to do with himself because it seems everything has already been done. So he takes his family off to start a new life in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It's rather quiet and lonely at first, but as they begin to explore their unusual surroundings the Moomins discover some funny and surprising new things about themselves.

©1974 Tove Jansson (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them." (Philip Pullman)
“Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children’s writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over sixty and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood.” (Sir Terry Pratchett)
“A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece.” (Neil Gaiman)

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A darker Moomin...

Overall very enjoyable - although it took a while to get used to Moominpappa's Yorkshire accent...
This is a darker story - of loss, discontent and loneliness - well narrated and very engaging.

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Hmmm not my cup of tea/contains spoilers

Although I love the work of Tove Jansson, I can't say that I enjoyed this book as much as the other ones. I didn't quite manage to get drawn into the story and I thought that nothing quite significant happened. Plus that cliffhanger at the end of the book, as the Moomins don't return to their own home in the end, was a bit of a disappointment for me.

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Not just for kids

These Moomin books are delightful to listen to and can be enjoyed by children and adults. The characters are wonderful and the settings of the stories are magical. Hugh Dennis does a great job narrating - especially his use of different accents for the characters. There are universal themes running through the stories about being the hero, feeling abandoned etc... So beautifully written and a quality production.