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I read my boys (ages 6 and 4) their first Tintin book recently, and an obsession ensued. For the past couple months it is the only thing they have requested at bed time; I think we are now on our fifth Tintin book.  I’m actually surprised by how much they like it — there is so much they can’t possibly understand, and so much of the humour goes straight over their heads. But still… they love the adventures of Tintin, his dog Snowy and the very funny Captain Haddock who says things like ‘billions of blue blistering barnacles!’ and makes silly mistakes.

The story behind Tintin is an interesting one. The first Tintin comic appeared in the children’s section of a Belgian newspaper in 1929. The series was so successful it was then published in Belgium’s leading newspaper, Le Soir, and then spun into its own magazine. It became one of Europe’s most popular comics and has been translated into more than 50 different languages (you can read more about the origin of Tintin here).

There is now a Tintin movie — I haven’t seen it, have you? There’s an online Tintin Shop and an actual Tintin store in Covent Garden where you can buy all sorts of Tintin goodies like posters, toys and, of course, the books .. I’m thinking of buying my boys some Tintin posters for their bedroom (don’t you love that image above with the Tintin poster and figurines?).

x Courtney

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Comments (6)

Emilie in Paris
January 19, 2012

We are also big, big fans of Tintin!

January 19, 2012

the Tin Tin movie is really good, I recommend seeing it! My husband was a big Tin Tin fan as a boy, and he loved the movie. I wish I had children old enough to take to it!!

January 20, 2012

My boys 5 and 8, LOVED the Tin Tin movie, and their gorgeous Grannie immediately followed up with books and comic in the mail a few days later which they read from cover to cover in one sitting. Such fabulous stories. I will myself not to click on the link to the store but fear my night of BIG work has been a little interrupted 😉 Thanks!

January 20, 2012

oooh, I love it, Courtney. Super cute poster!

January 23, 2012

I am huge Tintin fan (have all the books!) and funnily enough it has been my 4-year-old daughter, not my older daughter, who has really hooked on to it. She hasn’t seen the film but clocked the posters around town and clearly it tapped a nerve. She now spends every playtime at school playing ‘Tintin’ with her friends (who are all boys). When I asked her who plays the part of Tintin, she said, “Me, of course. Fred is Snowy and Max, Ivo and Sunny are the baddies!” I’ve had to buy her a notebook, so she can fully get into the role of the ‘boy reporter’…


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