Recuperating from a bad cold, Moominpappa finds time to record his youthful life of adventure and intrigue and ponder the experiences which have made him the remarkable Moomin he is.
This delightfully original children's story is about a Moomin (who eventually becomes Moominpappa to his children and grandchildren) who runs away from the orphanage where he was raised to find adventure and disorder. As in many adventures, Moominpappa's escapades begin when he sets off on a haphazard, meandering journey on which he meets several memorable friends. Moominpappa is an endearing character who has such exalted ideas about himself that everything and everyone around him cannot help but be aggrandized as well, adding a humorously epic quality to the tale. This children's book is embedded with subtle philosophical ideas that keep the attention of an adult reader as well, although all readers would be wise to start with the first book in the Moomin collection. Background knowledge of the Moomin world will make this tale even more enjoyable. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop