The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin, #11)
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The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin #11)

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In this classic graphic novel: Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn't just any model ship-it's the Unicorn, carved by one of Haddock's ancestors, and it holds a clue to finding pirate treasure!
Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 30th 1974 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1943)
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Amalie
I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels but I absolutely adore Tintin and Asterix. I specially like this one because this is the story where Tin and his best friend, "blistering barnacles" Captain Haddock have their first great adventure, although we meet him in 'The Crab with the Golden Claws'.


From Wikipedia :

Set during a largely realistic 20th century, the hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful fox terrier dog Sno...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Liked The book a lot!! Though the movie is completely different with the comic, I liked the both versions!! The comic was simply narrated and very interesting! It was so grippy!! Liked snowy role in this part a lot!! Thompson and thompson were hilarious as usual!! Tin tin was awesome with his spontaneous nature and his guts!! A great comic!!
Scottsdale Public Library
I grew up outside of the US and have been a huge fan of Tintin since childhood, so I am pleased to see that these wonderful stories are becoming more widely known in this country since the recent release of “The Adventures of Tintin” movie.
Hergé, a Belgian artist, wrote 23 books from 1929 – 1975 about Tintin, the brave young reporter who travels the world, and his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy (Milou in the original French). There are several other characters who regularly appear in the books -...more
Jake
Tintin's adventures are refreshing, even though this one was written 70 years ago, as they make everything so easily available. It's hard to walk the balance these days. I feel like it'd be harder to market something like Tintin now. Either it would be pushed towards more gritty or more family-oriented. Tintin stories just include whatever Hergé felt was necessary. Murder and booze are always hanging around the boy-wonder journalist and his dog, as they do everything can to solve every mystery i...more
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
The Secret of the Unicorn is actually part one of a two-part adventure rendered in highly realistic comic book/graphic novel style by the Belgian artist/writer Herge in the mid-1940s. This story of a hunt for lost pirate treasure ends in a cliffhanger, with the actual undersea search occurring in the follow-up, Red Rackham's Treasure. Those two books, along with episodes from the unrelated Tintin adventure The Crab With the Golden Claws, are the basis of the Steven Spielberg-directed film The Ad...more
Tosh
Ah I always do things half-assed backwards. Ok, so this is the first part of the two part story and I sort of gave a review for the second part. What's amazing and interesting is how much research Hergé did for his stories. Besides clothing, he had a good eye for architecture as well as weapons, automobiles, etc. These young reader editions all have additional information regarding the story - and overall its very interesting. Similar to a bonus on a DVD set. The world of TinTin is very very ric...more
Tyler Jing
Tintin has bought a beautiful model ship, and suddenly so many events start happening. So much violence has erupted for the ship since Tintin bought it. Turns out, there are three of them, each containing something that will lead them to Red Rackam's Treasure. But with a pesky pick-pocket on the loose things get a little out of place!

This was actually a gift from someone. Since this is the first book in the story, a read this one first.

This is an amazing book, along with Red Rackam's Treasure, t...more
Haley
When Tintin finds an old model sailing ship in the street market and wants to give it as a present to Captain Haddock, an exciting adventure quickly develops that leads him on the trail of pickpockets, burglars, and secret treasure. From an ancient diary of Captain Haddock's seafaring ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, and his fateful encounter with the fearsome pirate Red Rackham, they learn the story of the of the ship, the Unicorn—a story of cutthroat pirates and lost treasure. Helped by their d...more
David Sarkies
By the time that this album was completed we are heading into the later stages of the war, though at this time I suspect that Belgium was still under the control of the Nazis. However, the US had entered the war and Hitler was bogged down in Russia, however that did not mean that life in occupied Belgium was any different, so I will indicate that this album (and the next one) are still what we can refer to as the war albums.
I have noticed a trend in what I can the war albums. All of them seem...more
Thomas
it is funny, i suppose, how much time one spends attempting to justify their addiction. books, movies, music, watches, ceramic figurines.... it is amusing - or pathetic, depending on your vantage point - how far some people will go in order to make their particular addiction high-brow, or otherwise more acceptable.

being a comic-holic, i know this need well..... talking about Spiegelman's Maus, or The Watchmen, instead of admitting my love of Daredevil and the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles....

but...more
The Literary Bystander (nxlee)
Why I hadn't thought of just writing up these review instead of putting off making the video versions is beyond me. Anyway, enough about that - let's get down to this comic (books) vs movie review of
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Now the 2011 film is adapted from three different comics by Herge, which are: The Crab with the Golden Claw, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. While the Tintin series has and already built-in fanbase in Europe (to say it is just well...more
Sammy
My review, as published in Tintin Books:

There's no denying the feat that was "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure". Gone is the padding of The Crab with the Golden Claws, and there are no wasted characters or moments, which follows logically on from the well-characterised The Shooting Star. The album opens with two mysteries - that of the model ship, and the Thom(p)sons' investigation into a spate of wallet thefts - and weaves them together in a tale which involves historical...more
Samantha Tai
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book in the Adventures of Tintin graphic novel series. I didn't really think I'd like it at all. Jim Trelease recommends the series in his treasury of read-alouds in The Read-Aloud Handbook, but I never was interested in reading them. We didn't own any of the books at the library until recently when the movie was released. When we got the first few, I snatched the first one up.

Tintin finds a model ship that he buys as a gift for his frie...more
Justyn Rampa
This is one of three TinTin stories that form the basis for the film coming out later this year.

I had expected to review TinTin as part of my project anyway and started with this one since it shares the name with the movie.

I was aware of TinTin although this is the first time I have read the comic, in my youth I watched the animated series based on TinTin and took a liking to the lad but I don't really remember much of what I watched.

The series is well written with a colorful cast of cooky char...more
Greg
Having read most of Hergé's Tintin books as a child or teenager, I recently bought this volume as I'd never got around to reading it in my youth, and having read its sequel, Red Rackham's treasure, many years ago I was always intrigued about The secret of the Unicorn. Because the full story is not complete without the sequel it's probably a bit unfair to review this work on its own. However, I think Red Rackham's treasure is the better of the two volumes because it is more exotic and technologic...more
Andrea
I'd never read Tintin before and I did enjoy it immensely. I read four, most of which are apparently no longer sold singly and therefore not represented on Goodreads. I love how the bad guys are all bankers and oil companies, and it mocks some of the problematic behaviour of colonialists abroad, and the captain consistently drinking immense amounts is hilarious. I also read it with children and that stuff went over their heads, but Thompson and Thompson? They were in heaven, as they were every t...more
West
I have always enjoyed Tintin books. I love the part in The Secret
Of The Unicorn when Tintin is at the flea market and Thomson and Thompson two police officers want to buy a stack of canes and then Tintin has to spot them seven bob. Then Tintin finds a model ship that is called the unicorn and buys it. Tintin's friend the Captain had an ancestor that was the Captain of the unicorn. You will have to read the rest to find out the secret journey!
Nicholas Whyte
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The original book is one of two Tintin adventures set entirely in his home country, chasing around the back streets of the capital city (and the mansion of Marlinspike) to try and track down the three parchments which put together will reveal the secret location of the treasure lost by Captain Haddock's ancestor. It has a lot of fun and action, and one very effective info-dump sequence where Haddock retells the events on the Unicorn in the seventeenth cent...more
Samantha
Tintin finds a model ship at the Old Street Market and buys it for a friend. Turns out, the ship has a long history that involving pirates and treasure. And it isn't one of a kind, it's one of three in existence and all have a secret compartment housing a parchment that point to where the treasure can be found. As luck would have it the bad guys always seem to be a step ahead of Tintin and they break into his flat and steal the model. Meanwhile, a pickpocket is on the loose and nobody's wallet i...more
Novia
I have just finished reading one of Tintin books called The Secret of The Unicorn. I considered reading this graphic novel as prelude for the upcoming movie, one out of few movies I anticipated this year (I hope I can see it in the cinema).

I used to own several Tintin books when I was still in elementary but I didn’t take good care of them and lost them somewhere. Knowing that the first Tintin movie will be released this coming December, I decided to buy some Tintin books and read them again.

The...more
Elisha Condie
This comic book series, written in the 1930s is about Tin Tin and his dog Snowy who are always involved in some kind of intrigue. Me and the 5 year old bean at my house love these Tin Tin books. They are comic books, and they take us a few bedtimes to read since comic books are actually quite wordy to read out loud to someone.

This is the book where Tin Tin meets the colorful Captain Haddock who is in the rest of the series. He's a great guy until he gets a drink an then he turns into a blusteri...more
Annchan Maulana
The Secret of the Unicorn was one of the first truly great Tintin adventures!! Combining a puzzling mystery with a ripping pirate yarn. When Tintin finds a magnificent model ship in the street market, his attempt to buy it for Captain Haddock leads him on a trail of pickpockets, burglars, and secret treasure, and Haddock enthralls him with a tale of his seafaring ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock (who was exclaiming "Thundering typhoons!" generations before the Captain ever did), and his fateful enc...more
Dven Malekian
The Reason be-hide why I chose this book is because a year ago i saw the movie version in theaters so i dot inspired to read the book itself.The main plot of the book is that TinTin buys a toy Boat for his friend Captain Haddock little does he realize the Boat is the key to a very dangerous adventure to find a treasure but its not easy for them because other people want to get their hands on the boat.My favorite quote from this novel is "TinTin:What have you done?,Captain Haddock:I lit a wee fir...more
Anne Freya
Another best buddy from the past, lol. I was so happy when I finally have the complete copy of this series yesterday. XD I'll try my best to reread it from the 1st book. :)
Catherine Woodman
This is where Herge really started to get great. A series of wallet-snatchings in plaguing Brussels, which Thomson and Thompson are investigating. Meanwhile, Tintin buys an old model of a ship as a present for Haddock, and is immediately accosted by two people who want to buy it from him. Both stories converge when the ship and one of the missing wallets become parts of the key to the final resting place of the Unicorn, Sir Francis Haddock's legendary ship. Just before the Unicorn went down, Had...more
Abd al wahhab
one of my favorite comics !! always cheers me to start reading old books and diaries and the capability to find something valuable in them .

Chas Bayfield
I read this on my lunch breaks while working at Dillons bookstore in Kensington in the early 90's. A brilliant escape
Alex Huige
I remember watching Tintin on Nickelodeon when I was little and then the movie came along and I remembered the tv cartoon an then I read the history and learned it was a comic series and the tv show was adapting the stories, I then got my hands on this book and enjoy reading it, I love reading these books with my friend and girlfriend and laughing at the humor as much as we do when we watch the cartoon, the new movie even did a nice job adapting this story too
Korynn
Tintin, even if you can never figure out what age a "boy reporter" is supposed to be, is a great adventure character for kids to identify with. Not that your daughter is going to fight opium drug runners in China anytime soon, but it's fun for the kids to imagine it. This volume is one of two and develops the relationship between Captain Haddock and Tintin by their unraveling the mystery of his ancestor's noble past and their possible present physical inheritance, i.e. let's go hunting for treas...more
Yves
C'est à mon avis un des meilleurs Tintin de toute la série avec sa suite. C'est bien de voir l'histoire de l’ancêtre du capitaine Haddock. C'est très amusant de voir le capitaine imiter son ancêtre qui se bat, alors que lui-même détruit son appartement. Il y a aussi une sous histoire à propos d'un pickpocket qui amène une part de comique avec les Dupondt. C'est aussi à partir de cette histoire que Haddock devient plus qu'un personnage secondaire pour en devenir un principal. Relire cette aventur...more
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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics...more
More about Hergé...
Tintin in Tibet (Tintin, #20) Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin, #1) Red Rackham's Treasure (Tintin, #12) Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin, #4) Tintin in America (Tintin, #3 )

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