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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Red Rackham's Treasure is the second part of an adventure begun in The Secret of the Unicorn, 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 takes Tintin, his dog Snowy, the ill-tempered Captain Haddock, and the comically inept detectives Thompson and Thomson on a long sea journey on a freighter, to a tropical island, and on an adventure under the sea. The story is sufficiently complex that it requires real attention to follow its twists and turns. This book also introduces the odd, hearing-challenged Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who is prominent in many other Tintin adventures. Along with episodes from the unrelated Tintin book The Crab With the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure are the basis of the Steven Spielberg-directed film The Adventures of Tintin.
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What's the story?
Picking up from where The Secret of the Unicorn left off, Red Rackham's Treasure finds Tintin and Captain Haddock embarking on a sea voyage in search of lost treasure hidden centuries ago by the captain's seafaring ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. Their alternately harrowing and hilarious adventure takes them to a tropical island, to the ocean floor, and back to England.
Is it any good?
Red Rackham's Treasure serves up a very satisfying conclusion to the mystery begun in The Secret of the Unicorn. The artwork, as in all Tintin books, is beautifully detailed and colorful. All the main characters are likable and memorable, from the cantankerous Captain Haddock to the clumsy detectives Thompson and Thomson to the peculiar Professor Calculus to the loyal and often very funny dog Snowy.
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Families can talk about how Red Rackham's Treasure completes the story started in The Secret of the Unicorn. Did you find it a satisfying conclusion?
Tintin adventures have been thrilling young readers around the world for more than 60 years. Why do you think this classic series is so popular?
Tintin adventures are told in the style of a graphic novel, a kind of book that is quite popular today. What are the advantages of telling an action-adventure story this way?
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