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Cigars of the Pharaoh (The Adventures of Tintin: Young Readers Edition)
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Cigars of the Pharaoh
(The Adventures of Tintin: Young Readers Edition)
Cigars of the Pharaoh is the first Tintin installment in which Thomson and Thompson appear. While on a cruise, Tintin and Snowy encounter Dr. Sarcophagus, an Egyptologist who owns a papyrus which he believes will lead him to the undiscovered tomb of the Pharaoh Kih-Oskh. When Tintin discovers a cigar which bears the symbol of Kih-Oskh and goes to show Dr. Sarcophagus, he finds that the doctor has disappeared. Searching for Sarcophagus by following pieces of his clothing which were strewn about, Tintin and Snowy wind up being drugged and barely escape mummification. Though Tintin is rescued, he is then captured, falsely accused of smuggling guns, and forced to enlist. Later, after being believed to have been executed, he is buried and then dug back up by those who want to capture him alive and so have faked his death. Tintin flees the city, and eventually the proceedings lead to the capture of an international gang of drug smugglers, the discovery of the tomb, and Tintin's innocence being proven.

New historical photos, original sketches, timelines, and more!
Now some of the most beloved titles are available in a popular, easy to pack standard paperback size. What makes this especially appealing is that there are now character biographies at the start of each book, so new Tintin readers can get to know the players in each episode. Even more exciting are the additional twenty-five pages of back-story. Parents who want more than a gutsy tale will be thrilled to find the global history of Tintin, with character and story inspirations, historical photos, original sketches, actual diagrams upon which the vehicles in the books were based, timelines, and more included in these newer reprints!

About the Tintin Series:
The most revered graphic novel series in the homeschool community is the venerated Tintin series. Countless mothers have told us that their son's pivotal point in reading came when he was introduced to Tintin.

One of the Most Popular Graphic Novel Series of All Time
Originally a series of comic strips created by Belgian artist Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin first appeared in a children's supplement to a Belgian newspaper in 1929. The success of the series saw the strips collected into a succession of books, which are still hugely popular eighty years later. In fact, Tintin is one of the most popular graphic novel series of all time, with translations published in over 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date.

Wide Variety of Genres
The hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian investigative reporter who travels the world in search of the next notable event. One of the most astonishing features of the Tintin series is how it so effortlessly includes a wide variety of genres: brash adventures along with mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction. Some Tintin stories feature slapstick humor, while others are invested with political and cultural satire, but each will draw your child like a magnet.

Story is More Than the Pictures
Unlike some graphic novels, where the text and the pictures are redundant, Tintin's plots are so engagingly complex that the text both amplifies and explains the neat, lively drawings, a balance that remains a benchmark for graphic novelists even today. This means your child will quickly discover that the story is much more than the pictures; even the most reluctant of readers may for the first time be willing to exert effort to decipher the written word. As a teaching parent you will appreciate the author's painstaking research, which adds to the credibility of each adventure, and your children will gain a glimpse into a world of which they are just beginning to become aware.

Please Note:
Tintin is printed by a secular company and may contain occasional scenes depicting false cultural assumptions of the time and excessive use of alcohol. The author does use these scenes to depict the foolishness of drunkenness.
Author: Herge
Pages: 96
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 7/19/11
ISBN: 9780316133883
Publisher: Hachette
Faith-Based: No

Additional titles in The Adventures of Tintin: Young Readers Edition:
Tintin in America
Cigars of the Pharaoh
The Blue Lotus
The Broken Ear
The Secret of the Unicorn
The Shooting Star
Red Rackham's Treasure

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

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It was DEAD quiet for an hour... October 29, 2013
Reviewer: linda s.  
I ordered this after ordering the rest of my curriculum, and my children were thrilled when it came. Particularly my 3 year old and my 5 year old who don't read yet, but who love looking at pictures. Those two sat on the couch and were dead silent for more than an hour. It was so quiet, I came to check on them - only to find them surrounded by ALL the Tintin books we had (we ordered the set) and pouring over the pictures. These are the favorite books to look at - and, if it wasn't a family rule that they need to stay with the rest of the school books, I'm sure I would find them under pillows in ALL the beds!I love that there is a lot of information for you to discuss with your child at the end of the book - and that the kids don't really care if it's not in traditional book form. They seem to gravitate towards the comic strip approach anyway!In full disclosure, I am writing this based on what I have observed with my children - I have yet to sit and read an entire book - but I love that it can cause such peace in my home. And - the stories give me an opportunity to discuss with my children our own standards, while emphasizing that other cultures may live differently than we do, the author has made it easy to show my children the follies of drinking and other behaviors that my husband and I do not support.I recommend this entire series to anyone who has young (or older) children! Mine love it!

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