Last time it was Meccano. Now it’s books. But for the first time I can think of in the history of Tintin, these are Tintin books based off of a Tintin film based off of Tintin books!
So far I’ve only found them on german amazon (isn’t it weird how Japanese and German somehow are more popular languages for official Tintin news? ) but it looks like there will be (these have not yet been released) a ”The Secret of The Unicorn” movie book in paperback (whether it is a new format to the classic album or a complete retelling based on scenes from the movie is not clear, but it looks more like the latter to me), a ” Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn” sticker book (clearly based only off of the movie), and a Tintin Movie Picture Book , that will probably have a target audience of kids 5 years old or younger but sounds like a gold mine of new Tintin movie stills to those of us who have been following this for so long.
But perhaps the most interesting product coming soon is a series of books using the Tintin movie to get kids learning how to read. There will be at least two different books at different reading levels. Now German kids will be able to learn their language using ”Tim und Struppi”, and more than likely we’ll see the translated product in our countries as well. Many a man who used to hate reading learned how by reading Tintin, and there is even a dyslexic who is where he is today because of Tintin. There will also be a book that I’m assuming does not mean google translators literal ”Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn History Book” but ”story book” coming out. How it will differ from the previously mentioned movie book I don’t know. Perhaps one really is the comic and the other is a storybook from the movie. But I think it’s probably that the first is a short novel based on the film while the other will be bigger and tell the story for younger kids with big pictures.
Whether these are the official covers or will change when they have more to work with, I don’t know. There is almost no difference between the images used here and the ones we’ve seen already. But in any case, here they are:
”The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn” book
The sticker book
The movie photo book. I’m sure somebody somewhere is getting yelled at for putting this up without making sure nothing was wrong with it, but in case they take it down from Amazon I promise I copied it exactly how I found it on the site. I’m dying to know the story behind this. Remember Chris, how you posted about how you thought Haddock’s arm position in this image looked wrong? Maybe somebody took you a bit too seriously? Or was this some kind of practical joke? What possible reason could there be to Photoshop Haddock’s arm off? Hope somebody realizes their mistake before the books hit the shelves…
”Learn to read- Level 1”
”Learn to read-level 2” I think that its great that they are getting Tintin into an educational thing like this. I would have fully expected a watercolor and paintbrush set before this, but if it sparks kids interests in Tintin AND Reading, I am behind it one hundred percent.
This is what google translator called the ”History book”. Don’t you wish your History book had had Tintin in it? As Chris showed us with his great Tintin Movie map (check it out on this site if you haven’t) a geography book might have been more appropriate. But I’m thinking this is a story book with pictures for ”beginner readers”.
Overall I’m not sure what I think of these. So far what we have seen from images and the trailer looks awesome, but what we have seen from the toys is designed for much younger audiences. These books remind me of the comment in the Empire article last year that said all they need to do to sell the movie in the USA is advertise it like a Pixar film. Pixar annually comes out with sticker books and story books just like these for their films. I have never been much of a fan of ”books based on movies”, but it’s just another marketing strategy. What I’m not sure if I like now is the fact that, even though we’ve been ”spoiling” ourselves for years now, these books are ultimate spoilers. We’ll definitely know exactly what happens in the story once these come out, and they always come out before the movie hits cinemas. I’d much rather see the film on an Imax screen for the first time and fnd out exactly how the story goes there than have a toddlers story book give me the condensed version.
I’ve been telling people for years that the Tintin movie would have huge amounts of merchandise of all kinds and let the world know who he is. It’s fun to watch it happen. I will be shocked if Tintin does’t make it into a happy meal somewhere in the world.
By the way, did anybody else notice Snowy’s mouth and eyes and a few other features are slightly different than in the empire image? Compare the two:
Very special thanks to Steven (NL) for finding this info!