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Today I will be reviewing Tintin, by the artist and author, Herge. This one of the first graphic novels i read, and it was a great one to start on. The story, (or stories, as there are multiple issues) focuses on a young reporter, Tintin, solving  mysteries with his dog, Snowy.

On the last cover of the series, we see the dog, Snowy, and from left to right, Tintin, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock running away from an unseen force.

On the last cover of the series, we see the dog, Snowy, and from left to right, Tintin, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock running away from an unseen force.

The series The Adventures of Tintin are usually focused on Tintin solving various mysteries. Sometimes these mysteries span issues, other times they are contained in a single issue. Midway in the series, we are also introduced to two characters: Professor Calculus, a hard-of-hearing genius, and Captain Haddock, a good-at-heart captain with a drinking problem. Together they go to solve anything, from trivial mysteries, like finding a jewel, to vitally assisting a revolution over a merciless dictator.

I love this series. There is not much depth to the story, like Maus, or Lord of the Rings, but it is one of the most fun books I have ever read.  Every single character is likable, including the villains. The art is amazing. The characters looks are simple, elegant, and you can tell what s/he is feeling. The background, by contrast, is amazingly detailed. If not for the simple colors popular at the time this comic was made, it would have looked incredibly real. In fact, it does so already. The mysteries are dark, complex, and do have some basis on reality. The solutions always make sense, but they are unexpected. People might wonder why I’m not giving this a 10 out of 10. I would, except for the fact that there was some racism in the book. Sometimes, especially in early issues, it was blatantly obvious. However, like I said, every character was likable, so the series still remained popular. Still, it left a stain on the book that was hard to remove. Other than that, this series was wonderful.

This book is great for all ages, especially those looking for a book on a lazy sunday.

This book gets a 9 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing a great book called Chasing Vermeer. I read this during a road trip. It captivated me from the first paragraph. The author is Blue Balliett.

 

On the cover is Petra and Calder.

On the cover is Petra and Calder.

Chasing Vermeer is about a observant girl named Petra and a pattern finding boy named Calder. When they became friends because of a book called Lo!, weird things begin to happen. Their teacher assigns an unusual assignment, an old lady is discussing with them about flying frogs, and A Lady Writing, a stolen painting appears in Petra’s  dreams. Soon they are caught up in a mystery that even the FBI and CIA can’t solve and no one, not even friends , family, or teachers is safe from suspicion.

 

This book was fantastic. This book has wonderful descriptions, imagination, and setting. You can identify with the characters, and the plot is excellent. I read it in one sitting. The only thing that is bad is that it leaves a couple things unexplained. This book would be great for anyone, at any age.

 

I rate this a 9 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Half-Moon Investigations. It was written by Eoin Colfer, the author of Artemis Fowl. It was a nice book for a rainy day, however I didn’t need to read it more than once.



On the cover is Fletcher "Half" Moon

On the cover is Fletcher "Half" Moon

 Half-Moon Investigations is the story of a twelve year old detective. He takes pride in knowing he is a real registered detective, and even has the badge to prove it. He is known as a great detective and he is living a great life until his badge is stolen on the same day he gets another case. Both events point toward a moody kid called Red Sharkey. However, when he starts to get involved, he gets framed for arson and has to find the real culprit before it is too late.

 

This book has wonderful characters, and a nail- biting plot. However, the setting is not that good, and neither are the descriptions. This for mystery lovers who are fans of the works of Eoin Colfer. This would also be great for people 8 and up.

 

I would rate this book an 8 out of 10

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