“Must you be so poetic?” said Sniff.

November 30, 2017 @ 8:55 am | Filed under: Books, Commonplace Book

“Tell me some more about your valley,” she said to Moomintroll.

“It’s the most wonderful valley in the world,” he answered. “There are blue-trees with pears growing on them, and chatterfinches sing from morning till night, and there are plenty of silver poplars, which are wonderful for climbing—I thought of building a house for myself in one of them. Then, at night, the moon is reflected in the river, which tinkles over the rocks with a sound like broken glass, and pappa has built a bridge that is wide enough for a wheelbarrow.”

“Must you be so poetic?” said Sniff. “When we were in the valley you only talked about how wonderful other places were.”

“That was different,” said Moomintroll.

“But it’s true,” said Snufkin. “We’re all like that. You must go on a long journey before you can really find out how wonderful home is.”

—Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland


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  1. I think this is love at first sight! How has this series escaped me? Evelyn adores books with sketching throughout (think Mr. Popper’s Penguins or Roald Dahl books); I think she would really enjoy these. Any suggestions on which one to try first? It looks like there are also picture books and graphic novels. Can’t wait to dive in.

    • I read Finn Family Moomintroll to Huck & Rilla first (I’m writing a Bravewriter Arrow on it) but technically Comet in Moominland comes first. I’d start with that one. They are all sooooo good — Tove Jansson is one of the best. Moomins forever!!!