Z is for Zoo (there is an animal on the cover)

The Crab with the Golden Claws - Hergé

I've heard of the comic series The Adventures of Tintin, but had never read any of them. Tintin was created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (1907-1983), who wrote under the name Hergé's signature. That signature is almost a work of art itself, isn't it?


By 2007, the Tintin series had been published in more than 70 languages. The main two characters are Tintin, a young Belgian reporter, and his faithful fox terrier, Snowy. Two other recurring characters who appeared in this book were incompetent look-alike detectives Thomson and Thompson.


The book was full of hairy situations where rescue led to other hairy situations. The only thing that bothered me were a few somewhat stereotypical/racist references that seem to be part of the entire series. If I were reading the books with children, I would want to discuss these references.