Moomin 2 reviewed by Booklist

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, v.2

Booklist    |    Ray Olson    |    December 1, 2007

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, v.2. By Tove Jansson. 2007. 96p. illus. Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95 (1-894937-80-5). 741.5.

When she accepted the London Evening News' early-1950s proposal that she put her hippolike children's book characters, the Moomintrolls, into a comic strip, Jansson had become so used to writing long, leisurely stories that that's what she naturally did for the newspaper. There were four stories in the first volume collecting the strip, and there are four in the second, which drolly satirize winter sports, middle-class tidiness, building one's own home, and the folly of following secular saviors. A deep-rooted decency rather than any kind of humanitarianism undergirds Jansson's humor and makes it as wisely risible today as it was half a century ago. -Ray Olson

YA/S: This should pull more interest beyond just teens who remember the Moomintrolls from their childhoods. RO.

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