The Exploits of Moominpappa (Moomins Fiction) CD – オーディオブック, CD, 完全版
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Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Exploits of Moominpappa by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis.
'I decided to run away. There simply wasn't anything else to do.'
From being abandoned in a newspaper parcel on the doorstep of a Moomin orphanage to running away to see the world, Moominpappa's life story is full of excitement, humour and more than a smattering of danger. Here is the promised tale, in Moominpappa's own words.
They seem to grow in wisdom and delight every time I read them... a perfect marriage of word and picture--Philip Pullman It's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design--Lauren Child Beautiful words. Anarchic illustrations. Tove Jansson is a genius.--Jenny Downham
This is a wonderful book to read aloud, chapter by chapter, to the whole family. Parents and older children can enjoy a sly wink together while the younger ones can just enjoy the story. Many surprising twists enliven the plot which begins with Moominpapa as a child in a stern orphanage. He escapes and soon finds true friendship with the laconic Hodgkins, the rebellious Joxer and the confused Muddler.
They set to sea in the wonderful boat/submarine that Hodgkins has made, evade a monster, pick up a stowaway and ride out a storm. They encounter a king and a ghost. They undertake an undersea voyage. Periodically, Moominpapa is overcome by emotion as he tells his story.
Both the story which he tells so seriously and his breaks are funny. The moral of the story is that Daddy was young once, but he's young no longer. Read it to your kids using funny voices for the different characters, then savor it yourself after they have gone to bed.