Comet in Moominland is a fun, simple book about a troll and his adventures. Moomintroll and his Moominparents have just discovered their blue house after a flood carried it away. As Moomintroll explores his new valley with his friend, Sniff, a rodent according to the illustrations, there come signs that a comet may be heading towards Earth. So Moomintroll and Sniff, after adequately supplied with goodies from Moominmamma, set out on a journey to the Lonely Mountains Observatory to gather information.
The novel is short on plot and tension: everyone takes in the idea of the comet blowing up Earth rather calmly. On the other hand, the novel is full of wonderful characters: Snufkin, a vagabond, nature-loving wanderer; the Snork Maiden and her authoritarian, order-loving brother Snork; the Hemulens, a race devoted to obsessively collecting things like butterflies and stamps, blocking out everything else; the air-headed Silk Monkey; and the philosophical Muskrat, whose studies have led him to think nothing is necessary.
Complementing the writing are hypnotizing, black-and-white illustrations. The design of the Moomintrolls, with their tails and huge noses, is one of the simplest and yet cutest things I?ve ever seen. They?ll make you wish these white creatures really existed.
Like I said, it's a simple book, but a fun introduction to a world worth exploring further. Jansson wrote eight books in the series, and I can't wait to try the next one.