Waiting on Wednesday--The Moomins and the Great Flood

I first met the Finn Family Moomintroll books by Tove Jansson years and years ago, and fell hard for them.  Moominland Midwinter is one of my top ten books of all time.   But I was always vaguely confused as to which book counted as the first in the series...because there was a reference to a book that didn't exist, that came before all the published adventures.

Finally my confusion will end.  There will be a clear first book.

Shamelessly quoting the whole press release from the Guardian:

"Written in 1945, The Moomins and the Great Flood comes out in Britain this November

Tove Jansson's first ever Moomins book, a quest to find the lost Moominpappa which has never been published in the UK before, is set for release next month.

Written in 1945, The Moomins and the Great Flood sees Jansson using a mix of sepia washes and pen and ink line drawings to tell the story of Moominmamma and young Moomintroll's hunt for the long lost Moominpappa "through forest and flood". On the way, they meet a little creature – an early version of Sniff – and what publisher Sort Of Books described as "the elegantly strange Tulippa".

The translation, by David McDuff, was published in Finland in 2008, but will be released in the UK for the first time on 1 November. "We delayed the UK publication as we wanted to launch it in the approach to Tove Jansson's centenary year (2014) and did our best to make it a lovely possession," said publisher Natania Jansz. "I now wish we had similar works for all our great children's titles – the earliest Pooh, or Alice. It offers such a fascinating insight into the creative process."
Jansz called the book "a revelation … showing how Jansson's ideas and artworks evolved as she developed the Moomin themes and series".

"Written in the dark days of war – and as an escape from them – she uses a mixture of beautiful sepia and ink washes and pen and ink line drawing," she said. "It would take another decade before the Moomins could burst into full colour with The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My."  "

I am so there.

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. I've never read these books, but a couple of my European-born friends spoke as fondly of them as classics we both knew, like Heidi or Pippi Longstocking. One of these days I'll check these out. Great pick!

    1. Yes, yes! You can start with Moominland Midwinter, because it really is lovely....

  2. I hadn't heard of these before so thank you for spotlighting them! Not sure that I will read them but thanks for sharing! ^.^ If you would like to check out my Waiting On Wednesday you can do so here. :)

  3. Thanks for this news! I fell in love with the Moomins as an MG reader years ago (my public library had the entire series) and I've been putting together my own collection of the books more recently. I, too, wondered as a child about that mysterious first book. You'll probably laugh at this, but when a relative of mine took a Baltic Sea cruise last year and asked what she could bring back for me, I requested a plush Moomintroll from Finland. (And yes, I got it.)

  4. My brother adored these books and really didn't like reading much. I may just have found the perfect gift for him! Thanks so much for posting.

    1. You're very welcome! I hope if you end up getting it for him, he's as pleased as I hope my sister will be when she gets her copy!


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