The Adventures of Tintin
Recommended reading age: 9+
Lexile measure: 300L ~ 450L
Why we recommended
Set in the 20th century, each the Tintin books presents young readers with a captivating insight into various cultures and historical events. Readers are immersed in a range of settings including the Sino-Japanese conflict in 1930s China, a hidden Inca civilization in South America, and even the Space Race and moon landing. All these are presented with appealing graphics, witty dialog and vibrant characters that immediately engage both young and older readers. The wide range of historical contexts create an extensive understanding of 20th century history, culture and geography across all seven continents. This makes the Tintin books a valuable foundation for middle and high school history and geography.
Furthermore, the nature of the Tintin books as graphic novels make them accessible to beginner readers, those who prefer comic books, or even to be shown and read out loud to younger children. Compared to other comic books, the Tintin series stands out for its meaningful content and more advanced vocabulary which help to improve readers’ language skills as they match new words to the actions shown graphically. With 24 books in the series, the Tintin series is a must-read with its valuable subject matter and vivid appeal.
Specific Adventures of Tintin book recommendation:
Cigars of the Pharaoh
A particularly thrilling mystery, Cigars of the Pharaoh follows Tintin as he unravels a criminal organization among the ancient Egyptian tombs in the pyramids. Moving from cruise ship to tropical jungle to the historical pyramids, this Tintin adventure is a captivating delve into the culture, topography and history of the Mediterranean and East Asia.
Questions and activities for readers
Adapted from Marshall Memo worksheets