The Moomins and the Great Flood
|The Moomins and the Great Flood|
|Original title||Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen|
|Published in English||2005|
|ISBN||ISBN 951-50-1550-2 (English)|
|Followed by||Comet in Moominland|
The Moomins and the Great Flood (in the original Swedish it is The Little Trolls and the Great Flood) is a book written by Finnish author Tove Jansson in 1945, during the end of World War II. It was the first book to star the Moomins, but is often seen as a prequel to the main Moomin books, as most of the main characters are introduced in the next book.
Moominmamma and Moomintroll are travelling through a dark and scary forest looking for Moominpappa, who has gone off adventuring with the Hattifatteners. They meet a little creature, who joins them (in later books he is named Sniff). They use a tulip to light their way, and are attacked by a giant snake. They are saved when a beautiful young girl with shining blue hair called Tullipa comes out of the tulip and scares the snake away.
They later find the home of an old man, who invites them to live in his garden, which is made entirely of sweets. However when they find out that the sun is made of shiny paper, they leave and continue their journey.
Their mother then gets attacked by an ant lion whilst on a beach! They struggle but eventually get her out of that mess, after walking (at a slightly faster pace now) down the beach, they find a group of hattifatteners about to journey to a different island! Unfortunately, the flood strikes whilst on the boat, and the hattifatteners don't know how to control a boat that well.
Luckily a sea troll boards the ship and saves our main protagonists.
They take refuge in a lighthouse after being washed ashore, and are taken in by a boy roughly tullipa's age. The kind boy helps them, he says he always helps people when a flood like this happens.
The main protaginists go forth while Tullipa stays behind.
They come across many castaways from the flood, and being the nice people they are, help them.
Our main protaginists then come to find their father.
This was the last Moomin book to be translated into English, in 2005, to celebrate 60 years of the Moomins. It was published by Schildts Förlags Ab publishing house in a limited hardback version. This book is still published by Schildts and could be bought on their website as of February 2011. The book gained a good reception from the Guardian.
- Flood, Alison (16 October 2012). "Moomins' first adventure reaches UK". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- Freud, Esther (7 December 2012). "The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson – review". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 December 2012.