Here in New Zealand we have to wait until Boxing Day to see The Adventures of Tintin on the big screen. I certainly can’t wait to see it as the trailers and clips I’ve seen so far have been amazing. While I wait for Boxing Day I’ve been checking out the cool movie tie-in books that Bantam have released. There are 6 books all together and they are all aimed at different age groups.
The Adventures of Tintin Novel by Alex Irvine is a novelization of the screenplay which was written by the legendary team of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. This novel tells the story of the movie and is aimed at children 9+. It’s a very different experience reading this than the original graphic novels because you don’t have any images to help tell the story.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Chapter Book, adapted by Stephanie Peters, is the story of the movie written as a chapter book aimed younger readers (7-9 year olds). Unlike the novel, the chapter book has photos from the movie to add some excitement to the story. The chapter book tells the whole story of the movie, but is very abridged.
There are also two Colour First Readers, The Mystery of the Missing Wallets and Danger at Sea. These two first readers take a particular part of the story and simplify it for those children who are just starting to read. They are full of colourful photos from the movie and are perfect for readers who are comfortable tackling new words and starting to read on their own. There is also Tintin’s Daring Escape, a picture book that’s perfect for sharing with young Tintin fans.
My favourite of all the Tintin movie tie-in books is the Sticker Book. It includes games and puzzles, as well as over 100 full-colour stickers. Children could stick them in the book, save them for something special, or stick them all over their school books.
I’m a huge Tintin fan so I think it’s great to see these movie tie-in books. I’m sure the movie and these wonderful books will help to introduce Tintin to a whole new generation. If you need any last minute Christmas gift ideas or just want something special to keep the kids entertained over the Christmas break, head to your bookstore and grab The Adventures of Tintin movie tie-in books.