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Book Review: The Adventures of Tintin by Herge

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Years ago, a man named Herge put pencil to paper and created a character known as Tintin. Those who appreciate the film industry might recall there was a recent movie with this subject matter. While not based on any book in particular, the content was about what a reader would expect.

Little, Brown Young Readers has brought the story of Tintin out for a whole new generation of an audience. To ensure everyone will understand, a couple of improvements have been added.

First, there is a listing of all major characters as well as how each contributes to the story. These are rightly listed at the front of the book before the story begins. Second, a section at the back tells about inspirations and quirky touches.

Both ideas are wise. Herge draws an intricate picture of adventure. A young reporter manages to get himself entangled in various capers without trying too hard. Showing who is who uses detailed descriptions and intricate pictures so there is no mistaking one character for another. Once the story is complete, Stuart Tett shares his research of the real life influences which Herge draws upon to create the rich plotlines.

Cigars of the Pharaoh starts out with Tintin taking a vacation. Normal, right? Throw in one character named Dr. Sarcophagus, a police obstacle, two bumbling detectives, some strange cigars, and a Pharaoh trackdown. All of this is so much more than Tintin ever bargained for. Few can be trusted. Danger lurks around each corner.

The drawings are simple, while the plot is complex. Readers will find themselves intrigued by goings on and will not want to put the book down until the very end.

The Blue Lotus continues where the Pharaoh left off. Tintin is in China this time, making friends quickly and enemies even faster. Why? A criminal mastermind is still on the loose, but the real surprise is the person behind the mask.

Updated versions of Tintin tales make these more interesting to older readers, but serve the double purpose of reminding a generation just what a solid graphic novel can look like.

To keep up with the story of Tintin, Stuart Tett has created a Facebook page. Fans can find it here.

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