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The Adventures of Tintin: A Novel

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  343 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Don't miss this expanded novelization of the action-packed film! Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn't any model ship--it holds a piece of the puzzle to finding the resting place of Red Rackham's treasure! But Tintin isn't the only ones after the notorious pirate's booty. With dangerous treasure seekers at their heels, Tintin and his d ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Laura Verret
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mckays
A fun novelization of Spielberg's 2011 feature film adaptation of the classic Tintin comics books originally written by Herge in the 1920s-40s, The Adventures of Tintin follows the adventures of Tintin, an intrepid young Belgian journalist, as he tracks down a story which involves piracy on the high seas, hidden treasure, abduction, exotic palaces, and a centuries-old family feud.

In writing this novel, Alex Irvine basically expanded the screenplay - he used the film's dialogue almost word for w
Mitchell Johnson
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Adventures of Tintin: A Novel, along with its hilarious story, manages to weave a way into the hearts of young readers and adult readers, and with the movie adaptation, we have more reason to love it.
Aditi S.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had a really hard time getting into this and I love mysteries but I just couldn't read this.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much if you love action adventure then I'd bet you'll love this book!!!!
Paul Lunger
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix a little bit of Indiana Jones in with a mystery - you end up with a very entertaining book in "The Adventures of Tintin" which is now a motion picture. The story follows Tintin who is investigating a message in a bottle in search of the missing ship Unicorn. What he finds is an adventure that spans the globe & has just about everything anyone could want in a story. There's a bit of mystery as to where the ship is & why you need 3 clues to find it. We have our ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, adventure
A too simple read for an adult but a recommended reading for young people who like adventures.
erin jenkins
I love this book. It is SO adventure like!!!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first choice book for second quarter.
Wow! This was a really good book. There is also a movie about this book, that I remember seeing.
The book is about this guy and his dog, the guys name is Tintin, and the dogs name is Snowy. Tintin is in the city when he buys a model ship called the Unicorn. When Tintin gets home, he discovers a tiny scroll in the mast of the ship. Tintin wants to find out why there was a scroll in the mast of the ship. Later in the story, Tintin gets kidnapped by th
Manuia Tuuu
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now, for those that like adventure, an interesting plot and good characters. This book is for you. The book is filled mystery, treasure hunting and much more. The adventures go from sea-pirates to deserts and so on. I enjoyed this book and hopefully others do too. In the end, this book was pretty good and didn't really have any problems.
Wendy Wong Schirmer
It was...okay. But older readers who are Tintin fans and younger readers who are being introduced to Tintin would be better off going straight to the books themselves. It's a novelization of the recent Spielberg film, and novelizations of films tend to either work well or they don't. And one of the real reasons this one doesn't is the pacing: the original charm of Herge's work gets lost in the shuffle, just as it sometimes does in the film's 3-D bells and whistles.
Savannah B
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book has a couple things changed from the movie and I'm not sure that I liked it. Still a good read though!
Suchandra Sarkar
Mar 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
great book........i loved it
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a novelization of the 2011 movie. In this case I can honestly say: The movie was better.

Still this was a rather fun read for a nine-year-old boy.
Jeroen Van de Crommenacker
Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
A bit rubbish to be honest. I think that Tintin just doesn't lend himself to novel format.
Kassandra Clauser
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-13-25
Tintin has just bought a model ship at the local street market... and now, nobody will leave him alone. In one night, his ship is stolen then almost recovered - the recovered ship turns out to be one of two perfect duplicates of the first - his flat is ransacked, and a man is shot on his doorstep. The next day is hardly any better when his wallet is stolen, and he is then kidnapped, threatened by a man demanding information from a clue that Tintin has only just discovered and knows nearly nothin ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, rather engaging read, and another one that proves that I am tie-in novel trash. :P
Walther Lindvall
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Adventures of Tintin: A novel by Alexander Irvine is basically the book version of the movie. The book falls in the genre of adventure and here’s a summary:
Tintin and his dog, Snowy, are wandering around the street market. Tintin suddenly spots a model of a ship. It is called the Unicorn. After his purchase of the ship, people start coming up to him, wanting to buy it. Tintin turns down all the offers and simply can’t figure out what is so special about the ship. At home, Tintin is constant
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Tintin is a magnificent novel enjoyed by all ages throughout the whole world. This novel is about how Tintin and his dog, Snowy, discover a secret note in the ship that they had recently bought. This leads the curious Tintin to go out and discover the the truth about the ship. On the way they meet Captain Haddock, an ancestor of the Captain who sailed on the Unicorn (the ship). Together, all 3 of them try to find the truth about the Unicorn while traveling all around the globe. I really enjoyed ...more
Leon White
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What I like about this book is that it has pet involed,for example when TinTin got captured and it was up to snowy to find him so he can rescue him.Also when captain Haddock was tryin to hit TinTin,snowy went bettween them and tried to protect TinTin by growling at Captain Haddock,on pages 100 and 79. Sal would like this book because it has a good sence of adventure and mystery. One challege of this book was nothing I understood it very well. TinTin is a very good person,and how can a very youn ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The setting in this book was in Europe. The main characters are : Tintin and his dog Snowy. This book is about how Tintin bought a model boat of the boat called the Unicorn.The model had a message inside it that was worth a lot.Throughout the story people try to steal the Unicorn from Tin tin. Tintin tries to get all the models of the Unicorn to get the messages inside.This is a great mystery book!

I would suggest this book to people who absolutely love Adventure and mystery books!This book will
Rachael Hewison
I'd watched the film 'The Adventures of Tintin' on a plane a few years ago but on a 9 hour flight so unfortunately I don't remember a lot of it. Therefore I don't really know how closely the book follows the film.
The way it is written though is as if the author has copied down everything that happens in the film. It has gags and thrilling moments that would work fantastically as a motion picture but doesn't quite work as a book. In saying that though the author's descriptions are brilliant and h
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya
Tintin is a young reporter with an eye for detective work. He believes in digging up stories, not just chasing them. He has the help of his trusted terrior, Snowy, and two Interpol agents, Thompson and Thomson. When Tintin buys a model of an old ship at the bazaar, it opens up a world of intrigue, pirates, and adventure. It takes the help of all his friends, and some new ones, to finally have a story to write about. I think my younger readers might like it, but I think my senior high readers wou ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The movie surprised me because it was exactly like the book except you couldn't always tell what they were thinking. I thought some parts were funny even though I already knew them. I don't know which one I would rather chose (the movie or the book). I would recommend this to anyone. I think though that people who love geography would like this book. I would say that boys would probably enjoy it a little more than girls.
Efe Sahinol
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tintin is a famous journalist and he has a dog named Snowy. One day after he gets his picture painted on a market he buys a model of a ship called the Unicorn. But when he brings it home he discovers a sheet of paper that says that there are two more of the models and that is where the adventure begins. He makes friends with Captain Haddock they go to find the two other sheets of paper.
Tommy Kim
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is about Tintin going on a journey to unravel secrets about model ship that he bought from the Old Street Market. I personally think that this book has very smooth flow of storyline and contains some easy vocabularies so I could understand sentences without difficulty. However, some sentences contain hard words so I could barely understand, looking up that word on dictionary.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Even though it was really childish and straightened to the point. With lack of much mystery. It was a thoroughly enjoyable work. But the characters of THomson and Thompson was far too much unrealistic. They sounded some dumb persons instead of an interpol agent >_<
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I think the book is a great adventure story. It is really good how they based it off the comics they first made which were some of my favorite books as a child. It was great to read another Tintin story.
Fawaz Al
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
The Adventures of Tintin was not as good as I expected. The movie did not relate to the book in many things. It wasn't very well written and made the characters seem dull and grey. Although I can say the storyline was great and the idea the author was trying to get while making the book.
Chad Selke
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I could clearly tell that this was a children's movie while reading it. I'm not sure why it was shelved under adult fiction in my library but that's where I found it! Quick and fun read if you're bored.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, kids
I read this book just to see what all the hoopla was about. Loved the dog. Not interested in the movie.
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Alexander C. Irvine is an American fantasist and science fiction writer. Many of his works have appeared under the simple moniker "Alex Irvine." He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail quest novel One King, One Soldier, and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narro ...more
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