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The Adventures of Tintin: Collector's Gift Set Hardcover – November 1, 2008

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Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for The Adventures of Tintin until his death in 1983.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Tintin
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Slp edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316006688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316006682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The long-awaited Tintin gift set is here and it comes with its fair share of positives and negatives.

First, the good news. By far the best thing about this set is the price. Getting 21 Tintin adventures in one set for under $100 is hard to beat. The presentation of the books, aside from their size, is nice and they look great in the box set.

Now for the bad news....yes, it's true, the books are small. I was pretty disappointed to find out that the books were similar in size to the previous 3-in-1 edition that was released. Now this wouldn't be a problem if it didn't detract from the art and the enjoyment of reading these books. Little Brown should take a cue from DC Comics and release their most beloved graphic novels in extra large HC format (or in this case their original format) instead of shrinking it down to about 2/3 their original size. Problems with the smaller format can be seen in the "Secret of the Unicorn" where fine lines - such as the rigging of the model ships - begin to disappear off the page because they are so thin and in various sequences throughout the series where a lot dialogue is stuffed into a single panel. I sorta got used to the smaller format after a while but it doesn't do Herge's ligne claire art style full justice.

It's also a shame that 3 Tintin adventures were left out of this collection: "Tintin in the Congo", "Land of the Soviets" and the unfinished "Alph Art." Political over-correctness from a vocal minority wins out (apparently "Congo" isn't meant to be read by impressionable young children OR the adults buying this set) and instead we have Michael Farr's "Tintin and Co." - not a total loss but I would rather have the 3 stories which I've never read.
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Format: Hardcover
As the owner of the gorgeously produced The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin & Hobbes) and The Complete Far Side 1980-1994 (2 vol set) box sets, I was excited to hear that Tintin would be getting the high end box set treatment as well. But when I actually saw the set in person, my enthusiasm evaporated. Like the Grinch's heart, this box set is 3 sizes too small. OK, to be fair, it's 20% too small -- that's the difference between the standard 11.5 X 8.5 inch size of the single books and the size of these volumes, which are only marginally bigger than the "3 in 1" Tintin reissues. The result of this is an attractive package which no doubt the serious Tintin collector will want to own, but for actual reading, it's an occasion for serious eye-strain. (Less bothersome is the politically correct omission of the controversial Tintin in the Congo; let's face it, even setting aside the cringe-inducing racism, the book is pretty dreadful in the story and art department.) Frankly, I'd rather spend more money replacing my paperback editions of the books with more durable hardcover editions than spending money on this pretty but useless edition.
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What were they thinking? I really want a complete Tintin collection in a a box, but the letters on these books are way too small for reading. Disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
The box set is way too small. I was excited when it came out, but assumed that the box set would be the standard size. It wasn't. I bought it for my kids although I don't think they will ever read it due to the microscopic text - I have struggled with it myself. A terrible disappointment. The only think that stopped me posting it straight back was the hassle of sorting things out at a busy post office. It is now destined to gather dust at the back of the bookshelf and I will make pretty sure next time I put a bit more work into checking out what I am actually buying
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Format: Hardcover
Just got this for Christmas! I was a little worried, having read the reviews about the too small type. But I took the plunge and ripped open the cellophane--the text is FINE! Standard, Manga-sized text, slightly smaller than a western comic print size and actually bigger than a lot of Chris Ware's ACME Novelty Library type. And it's printed very clearly and crisply. If you can read a paperback novel, your eyes should have no trouble with this type.

These editions are very easy to read in bed, you can hold them like a novel, the full sized editions aren't as handy for prone reading.

Tintin miniaturizes well, the books are bound very nicely, AND it's a super bargain for a hardcover complete Tintin collection. Get it!
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WARNING!!! This is my first ever review on Amazon, but I NEEDED to warn people about this collection!!! I grew up slowly collecting each Tintin book in the 80's, LOVING each slowly accumulated addition to my complete collection, each adventure better than the last. When I spotted this ENTIRE COLLECTION in one box set for a reasonable price, I jumped on it for my 2 boys who are both in elementary school. Disappointment. They have been SHRUNK down, far smaller than the individual books, which takes away a lot of the fun with the colorful pictures and easy to read text. My older son reads normal books just fine, but strains to read the re-written print in the comic bubbles throughout this collection. Yes, that is correct: the words in this collection were all re-written (in a very hurried fashion) in order to fit in to these shrunken versions of the books. Aside from this new font size, the other problem is, I've already spotted three typos or 'less-charming re-wordings' (not found in the original books) in the first two nights reading with my boys. Guess the old text didn't always fit as it was originally penned, even when rewritten in a much smaller font. Do my boys enjoy them? Yes, -the stories are still great for kids. Do I wish I hadn't been cheap, and instead had chosen to pay more to order them each individually in their ORIGINAL font, story-wording, and drawing size? ABSOLUTELY!!! My STRONG recommendation: pay more for each story individually one at a time, or buy 2/3 of the collection for the same price as this 'Complete, (but shrunken) Collection', then gradually fill in the missing ones over time. These small, re-written versions in the set definitely lose something. You WILL get what you pay for. Wish I had paid more.
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