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Tintin Volume 7
Age Range: 9-11
The internationally successful ‘Adventures of Tintin’ are Belgian comic writer and artist Hergé’s most well-known and beloved works. Tintin Volume 7 contains three classic Tintin graphic novels available in one deluxe hardcover edition.
The Calculus Affair When Professor Calculus is kidnapped by the Bordurian secret service Tintin, Captain Haddock and Snowy are caught up in a tale of intrigue and espionage. Professor Calculus has invented a machine capable of destroying objects with sound waves. Although it is only at a prototype stage the machine has already come to the attention of Borduria, a fascist country ruled by the dictator Marshal Kűrvi-Tasch who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Tintin and his friends travel to Szohôd, the capital of Borduria to try and rescue their friend. Unfortunately, they quickly become the target of the entire Bordurian army. The Red Sea Sharks Through a chance meeting with General Alcazar, Tintin finds himself on the trail of international arms dealers. He tracks down a smuggler of military aircraft who turns out to be Dawson, the corrupt ex-police chief formerly responsible for the International Concession in Shanghai in The Blue Lotus. There is also another old foe who appears in this adventure — Doctor Müller, who first appears in The Black Island and Land of Black Gold, who is now working under the name Mull Pacha.
The trail eventually leads to the Arab state of Khemed where the King of Khemed, Emir Ben Kalish Ezab, has been dethroned by his old enemy, Sheik Bab El Ehr. The coup was supported by another old enemy: Rastapopoulos who is now working as an arms dealer.
Tintin in Tibet
A newspaper headline – “NEPAL AIR DISASTER — NO SURVIVORS” transforms Tintin’s holiday into an extraordinary adventure. He learns that his friend, Chang, was in the aircraft that crashed. Despite there being reports of no survivors, the strength of their friendship and some powerful and vivid dreams convince Tintin to set off to look for Chang, whom he believes is still alive. Accompanied by Captain Haddock, Tintin sets out for the site of the crash which takes them on a treacherous trek through the Himalayas. Despite several major setbacks Tintin’s faith is unshakable. Unfortunately, finding Chang is made even more difficult by the presence of the ‘Abominable Snowman’.
Tintin in Tibet is a particularly interesting book as it was written 25 years after the author worked with his friend Chang Chong-chen on The Blue Lotus. Hergé lost contact with Chang during World War II, and his deep friendship with Chang is reflected in Tintin in Tibet. This was Hergé’s favourite book, and was probably the most personal adventure for the author.
These three-in-one volumes of Tintin stories are convenient and excellent value. Although they don’t quite match up to the big print of the individual comics making it harder to enjoy the detail in Hergé's layouts, they still provide hours of entertainment as the reader becomes absorbed in the Tintin adventures.