Published in 2017 by Rabén & Sjögren / Originally published in 1948/1968 / The Moomins #3 / Four feathers
On a spring day, Moomintroll, Sniff and Snufkin find a mysterious top hat on the top of a mountain. Turns out that it’s the Hobgoblin’s hat, that turns anything and Everything you put in it into something else. Naturally, adventures ensue!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I am a big fan of Tove Jansson. Therefore, you probably won’t be surprised by the fact that I ended up enjoying this one quite a lot. It was funny and clever, and I found myself giggling various times throughout the novel.
However, I do find that I prefer the later books to the earlier ones. From Moominland Midwinter onwards, the books become more melancholy and introspective, which I like. Not that I dislike the earlier ones, obviously not, but I like the direction the later ones take better.
Also, it ended up surprising me, because there are parts that are noticeably different from the second half of the series. For example, they’re not that afraid of the Groke – instead, she’s much smaller than she is later on, and they actually end up talking to her, which came across as slightly strange to me considering how scared they are of her later. I will probably end up rereading the entire series in the right order at some point in the future, just to get the timeline right.
Anyway, I liked this a lot. If you’re into Tove Jansson and haven’t read this yet, you definitely should.