The Adventures of Tintin

By Herge

Years ago, before the movie came out, a loyal customer and homeschool writer, Ana Braga Henebry, suggested we carry these books. From the very first book we obtained to present day, our kids cannot put them down. Written in the 1940’s and translated into many languages around the world these will soon become family’s favorites too! Here is an excerpt from her article on Tintin:

Although Tintin is not shown going to Mass or into a confessional, the author’s Catholic background is present in many ways. The universal values of Catholic life are clearly portrayed as right and moral and, in a famous sequence of The Broken Ear, the bad guys get sent to—well, you know where. Author Hergé started his career working for a Catholic newspaper in Brussels under a Jesuit priest. His first Tintin book—Tintin in the Land of the Soviets—was stridently anti-Communist and attempted to expose the Communist façade. While in both Tintin on Tibet and Flight 714 there is mention of telepathy, when faced with pagan rituals Tintin uses clever ways to survive, such as his knowledge of an incoming total solar eclipse in Prisoners of the Sun. The values throughout the books are the universal Catholic values of honesty, integrity and compassion.

Our son Stephen (Age 13) recommends The Secret of the Unicorn first!

AnchorThe Secret of the Unicorn

In this classic graphic novel Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn’t just any model ship-it’s the Unicorn, carved by one of Haddock’s ancestors, and it holds a clue to finding pirate treasure! (PB, 62pp.)

AnchorThe Crab with the Golden Claws

The classic graphic novel. A can of crab meat turns out to be a small clue to a big mystery! Tintin meets Captain Haddock in his escape and his plan to track down the crooks takes him to an exotic desert city.

AnchorLand of Black Gold

The classic graphic novel. Car engines have started spontaneously exploding all over the country . . . someone’s been tampering with the oil! Tintin, with Thomson and Thompson at his side, sails on an oil tanker to the Middle East to track down the source of the faulty oil.

AnchorTintin in Tibet

The classic graphic novel. One day Tintin reads about a plane crash in the Himalayas. When he discovers thathis friend, Chang, was on board, Tintin travels to the crash site in hopes of a rescue.

AnchorTintin in America

The classic graphic novel. Tintin comes to the U.S.A. to clean up the mean streets of Chicago but ends up in the wild west! Will Tintin make it back home?

AnchorTintin In the Land of the Soviets

Sent on assignment to the Soviet Union, Tintin boards a train. . . but after an explosion, Tintin is blamed for the bombing, and he must make his way to the Soviet Union by stealth. Once there, he uncovers some shocking Bolshevik secrets.


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