author tove jansson, of the moomin books, is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the moomins. this third volume returns to moominvalley, where its beloved inhabitants get tangled up in five new stories. moomin falls in love with a damsel in distress, an unseasonably warm spell turns the valley into a tropical rain forest, and a flying saucer crashes into moominmamma's garden. moominpappa decides to live out his dream of occupying a lighthouse and writing a great seaside novel, only to discover that he hates the sea so close up and has no interest in writing about it, and a variety of curious clubs spring up in the valley. moomin and moominmamma do their level best to avoid the whole mess but, of course, get drawn into the muddle.