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on 6 September 2005
"The legacy of Mr Pump"(Le testament de Monsieur Pump)is the first part in a 2 book story.(part 2:"Destination New York") Jo and Zette Legrand help their father to "try" to produce a Stratoship which will fulfil part of the will left by Mr Pump. (I wont spoil the story.) Jo and Zette have their constant companion, a very likeable and mischievous chimp Jocko. The artwork and colours are purely fantastic and the character's expressions drawn by Hergé, allow us to understand what they are thinking.
Hergé wrote 5 stories about Jo, Zette and Jocko and as far as I can see, 3 are available with Amazon UK. The other 2 are available in French with Amazon.fr. (Le Manitoba ne répond plus and L'eruption du Karamako)These are also a two-part adventure but the French is by no means an easy task)
On the back cover of the books, there is a lovely picture incorporating Hergé's characters-Tintin, Snowy, Jo, Zette etc. If you are curious about the two boys firing a stone at Capt. Haddock's whiskey bottle, then they are "Quick and Flupke."
Another wonderful Hergé creation, although you will need to read their adventures in French language as they never really caught on in the UK.(Try Amazon.fr)
Thank you and enjoy.
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on 29 July 2001
This book is another adventure of Herge's brilliant imagination. Jo & Zette remind you of the innocence of TinTin, although their antiques are less sofisticated than TinTin, but nevertheless extremely captivating and cute characters. They try to help their father in winning Mr Pump's Legacy of $10M, and get into all sorts of strife thanks to their courage and wit. The monkey Jocko reminds you of Snowy (Milou)who brings another dimension to the story. Highly recommended for TinTin lovers of all age groups, and if you read this one you have to read Destination New York to find out what happens at the end.
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on 9 December 2012
My children love Tintin, so it was only natural they'd want Herge's other books. This one is short but colourful and fun. Great for all ages.
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on 4 August 2010
Herge's plucky cub reporter Tintin is well-known all over the world, particularly in Europe. Less well known are these other creations of his; Jo and Zette Legrand and their pet chimpanzee Jocko. Their father M. Legrand is currently racing to design and help build the Stratoship, a super-fast, prop-driven, high altitude aircraft that it is hoped will make the first transatlantic flight at over 1,000kmph and claim the $10M prize promised in the will of an eccentric millionaire. But with so much at stake, someone is ruthlessly attempting to halt the project and the children are caught up in a web of violence, sabotage and kidnapping. When someone actually tries to blow up M. Legrand's airfield, the children are forced to actually fly the Stratoship away, landing themselves in a whole new kind of trouble...
This book is the first of two, the other entitled Destination New York, and they are probably best bought together... if you have to. I'm personally glad I read this book in the library rather than buy it. It has all the hallmarks of what Herge did so well with Tintin; excitement interspersed with laughs, real science mixed into the action, and a style of drawing faces, setpieces, speech bubbles and onomatopeia that is entirely his own. There is even the fantastical concept that Jocko can "speak" through his thoughts, much as Tintin's dog Snowy did. However, the plot is too thin to be as exciting as the Tintin books and sadly comes over as rather puerile. It has also aged more noticeably than Tintin and one cannot help but feel it is audacious to suppose a prop-driven craft could have broken the sound barrier. (What happens when the sonic boom hits the aircraft?)
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on 10 January 2013
Stories for a younger audience than Tintin but just as exciting! With a lovely 1930s flavor of serial with regualar cliffhangers.
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on 14 January 2014
I love Hergé's work. Finding this series was quite a pleasure. I really wish there were more, but that's being greedy.
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on 13 February 2017
A present to introduce my grandson to Herge's Tintin books.
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on 4 July 2014
Fast delivery and exactly as described
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on 16 January 2017
Cool
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