Herge (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. His pseudonym comes from his initials backwards (R.G., as pronounced in French). Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Herge died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children's fiction.
Gr 1-3-- Carrot-topped Tintin and companions travel to the Moon in Professor Calculus's spaceship and, thanks to bumbling stowaways Thompson and Thompson, have barely enough air to get back. The story itself was published some years ago, but readers can enjoy here a set of amusing, if fragile, flaps, wheels, sliding tabs, and other pop-up effects--the only sort of dimension this vanishingly slight adventure features. The herky-jerky narrative, laughable science, contrived disasters, and heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages are excellent reasons to pass this up, and Tintin fans will certainly forgive you if you do.-- John Peter, New York Public Library
It was bound to happen. Having journeyed everywhere from America to the Congo to Tibet, Tintin blasts into outer space. Together with his faithful pooch, Snowy, the spunky boy reporter has joined an expedition ``based at the Sprodj Atomic Center, high in the Zmyhlpathian Mountains, in the kingdom of Syldavia.'' Following a perfect lift-off, the myriad misadventures begin, as the ubiquitous ``certified detectives,'' Thomson and Thompson, are discovered on board--inadvertent stowaways who threaten to monopolize the ship's precious oxygen supply. All's well that lands well, however, as Tintin and his colleagues return safely. Except for two diverting spreads, the fairly pedestrian paper engineering adds little zip; the palette, too, seems somewhat attenuated for a tale of astronomical derring-do. Though the narrative is overlong for the pop-up book set, this disparity will probably not deter the intrepid voyager's many fans. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Tintin shows young readers that the world in all its complexity is theirs to bestride * The Wall Street Journal *