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by Tove Jansson

More delightful tales from the legendary Finnish artistDrawn & Quarterly's bestselling Moomin series, created by the legendary children's author Tove Jansson, is now in its fourth installment. The series is the winner of the Harvey Award and has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards.

Download Moomin Book Four: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip epub
ISBN: 1897299788
ISBN13: 978-1897299784
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Graphic Novels
Author: Tove Jansson
Language: English
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (May 26, 2009)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1300 kb
FB2 size: 1197 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 682
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My kids love Moomins, and the comic strips have been so engaging for both of them, a 7 year old boy and a 12 year girl. I love sharing my favorite childhood fictional characters with my children, and finding that they find them every bit as endearing as I did!
My kids love the Moomin Comic Series and will reread them over and over again.
All the Moomin books and comics are just wonderful!
Kids in all countries should read the Moomin collection. Luckily, there is this English translation.
This is going to be a weird review. I am currently building my own computer to place on a very low table at the end of my bed. I will not be able to see the monitor from my bed with the way it sits on the table. I ordered some of these Moomin books to use to stand the monitor on because they are one of the few book series that are all the same size. Plus I really like Moomin and I've always wanted these books.
This book marks our first insight into Lars Jansson's take on the Moomin world, as well as his sister Tove continuing to dispel the charming, witty and often jabbing Moomin world from her pencil. Only loyal fans can tell that the first two stories are Lars's, the remaining three Tove's - from the choice of subject matter as well as the subtle (but still present) style differences. At this point, Tove's contract at London Evening News was about to expire and she declined to continue, so her brother Lars/Lasse stepped in.

Lars's stories are about how Moominpappa builds a time machine by complete accident, when cleaning a clock and a sewing machine. He and his family see this as cause for adventure and so they go back in time to the Wild West. I've always loved Moominpappa, and his desire for action as well as his frustration at the lack of authenticity of the "Wild West" is so heartwarming, it's downright entertaining. Things don't go much better for the family in the second story, when Snork Maiden suggests they go back to Rococo times. Lasse and Tove clearly shared this world and its wittiness and jabs at life.

The jabs at life are perhaps even fiercer in the three stories by Tove. One is an adaptation of her "Comet in Moominland" novel, but naturally with its own little witty characteristic twists. The other two stories, "The Conscientous Moomins" and "Moomin's Golden Tail", however, could hardly be more a satire of human behaviour.

In "The Conscientous Moomins", a social worker tells the Moomins how irresponsibly they have been living. Moominpappa is worried and puts his new sense of duty above his sense of pleasure, to the unhappiness of his wife and son. Snork Maiden is quickly convinced, though, and so a big chain of events is set in motion where the concept of 'responsibility' sweeps Moominvalley. Yet it never completely wins the characters over; they are constantly in doubt over this new lifestyle, yet can't find a reason to go back to their good old ways (Moominpappa's adventurous spirit kicks in as he thinks the Inspector has caught a crook, only to find that it's a bug eating his roses).

"Moomin's Golden Tail" takes this subject even further, to the point when it rings so true that it becomes almost uncomfortable to read. Of course, the story starts out innocent enough; Moomin's tail is losing its tuft, for unknown reasons. One thing leads to another until eventually he has a tail of gold. This turns his life and those of all around his completely upside down. A manager imposes himself upon Moomin to control his fame and image, so the Moomins must get new furniture as well as a butler and maid, and Moominpappa's childhood friend is forced to move out. Moomin hates his fame but just can't bring himself to give it up.

Snufkin is the sole voice of reason throughout, as are the occasional musings of Little My. Yet the stories do have good endings, and the characters learn lessons that are so simple, yet so hard for us to adopt in our chaotic world. All of the aforementioned dances from Tove Jansson's fingertips; she delights in playing with the three-panel limit she had for each story sequence, with composition and linework. Her Moomin characters and the world around them is more beautiful than ever thanks to her talent - there is a clear distinction between her drawings here and in the first volume of this series.

Definitely recommended for Moomin fans and those who love witty stories with simple but great art and heartwarming characters.
In this fourth Moomin book the strip becomes a family business. Tove Jansson's brother Lars starts helping out with the the scripts for four out of five stories (two years later Lars would take over the entire strip, doing both the art and scripts for a decade and a half.)

While it's certainly no disaster, it has to be admitted that the first two Lars-scripted stories in this volume really don't amount to that much, and the second one seems to more or less have been abandoned midway through. The third story is better, so I suppose Lars was slowly learning how to tell a continuing story in a daily strip. The fourth story is really good. It's also scripted by Lars, but it's an adaptation of Tove's book "Comet in Moominland", so it's not all new material. The final story is done by Tove by herself, and it's a good one.

So basically, while this volume contains great Tove Jansson art all the way through, some of the scripting is a little awkward compared to the first three volumes. But it's still worth buying for the wonderful art and for the few good stories it contains.

UPDATE: apparently D&Q has confirmed that there are two concluding strips missing from two stories in this volume.... so the second story WASN'T quite 'abandoned midway through'. Still not quite a great story though. The missing strips will be printed in the next volume.
As a moomin fan, I just had to add this to my collection. The book is as wonderful on the outside cover as it is throughout the inside of the book.

I would think that the translations may be off in some sense, as translating another language is often difficult, but it's still a very enjoyable read, with the many lovely pictures. I can't wait for the next book to come out.