Published in 1957, this bleakly beautiful wintery tale is one of the most Moomin-y of all Moomin stories. Crow is busy telling me how Too-Ticky is the most magical character. And about why the Groke has always sat atop her family Christmas cake (she has a little figurine :D)
This is the one with the Lady of the Cold, for whom Moomin and his friends build a snow horse. Little My dares to look into her eyes... .
I'm still a little existentially scared of Moomins - there's something so deep and magical and simply true in them, I see them more as mythological creatures and distant truth-tales than as a cosy children's series, and the more I learn of Tove Jansson and her incredible volume and breadth of work, the more appropriate I find that to be. These books have the full scale of possible feelings to be had when reading, and that is the very most you can have from just one, fairly quickly read, little book. .
Recommended, as always, for all, and if you haven't read any Moomin stories at all, this is, considering it's the fifth book, a surprisingly good place to start: it'll tell you all about Moomintroll and give you a marvellous introduction to Jansson's style.
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