This week book Andover High School reviewer John Chartier takes a look at a well-known series of stories that may be responsible for luring many readers out of graphic novels and into more complex books.

As children, almost everyone reads graphic novels as a prelude to more difficult books. Whether it is because the pictures help illustrate the story better, or because the authors know the plots need to appeal to readers who have yet to explore more complex novels, these stories are often excellent ways for readers to establish a love for literature long before they dive into Harry Potter books or the classics.

In particular, the Tintin series is beloved among early readers, for its adventure, peril and nail-biting suspense. Tintin is a young adventurer and journalist who finds himself traveling all over the world and discovering countless mysteries. Along with the help of his dog, Snowy, Tintin often finds himself involved in sticky situations with a cast of crazy characters who will enchant and mystify readers for countless hours on end.

As one could imagine, the pictures in these books are excellent additions to the stories, and they serve to add a lot to the literary dimensions of the stories. Many readers will find themselves lost in the detail of the illustration.

I give The Adventures of Tintin by Herge a seven out of 10. It is an excellent segway into novels for young readers | particularly those who may be reluctant to begin reading.

The Tintin books are best suited for those readers who enjoy adventure stories but may not yet feel they are ready to attempt some of the more complicated or difficult books. They are far superior alternatives to comic books, for example, as they offer readers far more intricate plot lines at a level where more reading is required.

So head on down through thick jungles, past ancient mummies, and by swashbuckling pirates if necessary to pick up your very own copy of any of the Tintin books by Herge! Just remember, you never know where adventure might lead you | especially when it comes in the form of a good book.

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