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The Black Island
Originally published in 1937, The Black Island includes many aspects that mirror popular movies of the time, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Thirty-Nine Steps and King Kong. It also mentions the Loch Ness Monster, which had been the subject of recent newspaper articles. The plot is as follows: While trying to help an unregistered plane that was making an emergency landing, Tintin is shot. Upon his recovery he learns of another such plane that crashed in Sussex, England. Tintin launches an investigation that brings him into contact with a criminal gang who frames him, a band of money counterfeiters, and reports of an evil beast on the island to which he decides to travel. Find out what happens to Tintin in this exciting episode!

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: 4/30/1975
ISBN: 9780316358354
Publisher: Hachette
Size: 11.4" x 8.5"

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

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Just try to drag your child away from this! October 12, 2010
Reviewer: Kirsten Kilcup from Tacoma, WA United States  
My son read through this in one sitting, and often rereads it.  This and other TinTin titles have been loaned to neighbor boys who'd rather play than read, and they can't get enough, either!  I am very impressed with the way the pictures and text work together--graphic novels often irritate me, but not TinTin ones!  This is a great way for a child to get a slice of history (albeit from an early-mid 20th century perspective), learn new words, and relish the good guy winning in the end.  Highly recommended in this paperback format--the hardback sets have rather small font.

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