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The Calculus Affair
Set in the 1950s, a short time after Tintin and his friends' return from the moon, The Calculus Affair begins with baffling events taking place during a storm at Marlinspike. Gunshots are heard outside but no one injured is to be found. Later, however, Professor Calculus shows up with bullet holes in his cap, though he is strangely unconcerned. Tintin rightly concludes that something is afoot, and with his friend he begins to investigate. Upon commencing their investigation in Professor Calculus's laboratory, they quickly stumble upon a strange sonic device and are promptly attacked by an intruder. Tintin and his friend Captain Haddock, concerned about Professor Calculus's safety, decide to follow him to Switzerland. The intruders from the professor's laboratory discover them again in Switzerland, which as you may imagine leads to more calamities for Tintin and Haddock. Eventually tracking Professor Calculus to the home of Professor Topolino, who is an expert in ultrasonics, they arrive at Topolino's only to find Calculus' umbrella but no sign of either he or Topolino.

Tintin is soon able to piece together that all the trouble revolves around one of Professor Calculus's inventions, the sonic device. This device is capable of not only breaking windows, but also of destroying metal, including buildings, tanks, etc. Concerned about the ramifications of such an invention, Calculus contacts Topolino to consult with him. Through Topolino's shady servant, what once started as mere consultation grows to include the Bordurian country's intelligence service. A struggle has thus commenced between the Syldavian and Bordurian intelligence service teams to try and capture Calculus. Calculus is captured at first by Bordurians; Tintin and Haddock pursue them through the countryside trying to rescue their friend. Calculus is being pressured to turn his plans over to the Bordurians, but an elaborate scheme by Tintin leads to Calculus's rescue and the team's narrow escape. To find out what finally happens to the sought after plans, you will have to read this book!

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.
Features
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: 9/30/1976
ISBN: 9780316358477
Publisher: Hachette
Size: 11.4" x 8.5"

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