Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Groove Book Report: The Adventures of Tintin - various books - Random house

The Adventures of Tintin - Tintin's Daring Escape - Bantam Press $10.99
The Adventures of Tintin - Danger at Sea - Bantam Press $10.99
The Adventures of Tintin - The Mystery of the Missing wallets - Bantam Press $10.99

The Adventures of Tintin - A Novel - Bantam Press $19.99
The Adventures of Tintin - The Chapter Book - Bantam Press $14.99

The Adventures of Tintin - The Sticker Book - Bantam Press $14.99

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the Weta Studios release that acompanies this movie (by Peter Jackson/Steven Speilberg). That book looked at the technologies behing the making of the film and whet our appetite for the movie. This series is more like a watered down version of the script with still from the film.. I was interested to see the consistency and difference in language between each book, which are designed for a range of ages. The Chapterbook is designed to be for 6-7 year olds. Where as, my 9 year old devoured the novel version in a little over an hour. Her verdict was that it was ok, but she hunkered for the original comics - the pictures and words together make it work better apparently. That is true and part of the magic of Herge's original art was that the older you got, the more detail you understood but essentially, you always understood the plot and experienced the adventures. These tie-ins will appeal this xmas to those drawn in by the film but as enduring literature you can't beat the original comic book series - which fortunately is being republished - Hooray for that!

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