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Tintin: Land of Black Gold
Land of Black Gold

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Land of Black Gold
In this installment, the petrol used in cars has been tampered with and is causing explosions, affecting the economy and putting the country on the edge of war. Following several leads, Tintin and friends are off to investigate on board a petrol tanker headed for the Middle East, where after many hazardous incidents they finally discover who is responsible for tampering with the fuel supplies and by what means they are doing so.

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.
Homeschooling moms love Tintin! The colorful series is engaging for young readers, but especially shines as fun reading for the reluctant reader. We've been told over and over how Tintin has made all the difference for boys who initially disliked reading; but began to love it after reading Tintin.

Publisher's Information
Author: Herge
Pages: 62
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 9/30/1975
ISBN: 9780316358446
Publisher: Hachette
Size: 11.4" x 8.5"

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Five stars for this series! April 27, 2011
Reviewer: Jennifer Schneider from Rhinelander, WI United States  
This became a quick favorite in our house!  Within a year we had purchased all the collections and we frequently find these books next to every chair and bed in the house.  They are read and re-read and re-read (by our four boys especially).  They have learned a variety of information including international history and learning to pay attention to details because you never know what will be the next clue.  Normally, we don't have "just reading" books in our house, but these are ones that would be constantly checked out from the library, so we decided to buy them.  As a side note: our daughter (14 years old) is not interested in reading them, but she prefers stories about princesses, horses, or other "girly" type things so this is not quite up her alley.

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Tintin was devoured by my son July 29, 2009
Reviewer: Keeley B. from Franklin, TN  
The order arrived safe and sound - we were so excited!  The Tintin book, of course, was devoured by my son. I have almost the entire collection from when I was younger. I  can't believe those books are 30 years old now!  We read them all the time...

...So anyway, we've been having just a delightful time with the shipment of books.  I'm so very impressed with your company.  The confirmation email came immediately, the books were shipped out very quickly, and arrived in absolutely excellent condition.   Thank you so very much.

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