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April 2 is International Children's Book Day!

Did you know that?
24 Tintin books laid side-by-side
One of these Tintin books could be yours. You choose!
A list of all the books can be found here

Well, Read Aloud Dad didn't until ten minutes ago.

I saw it by chance on Wikipedia ... and who did I think of immediately?


My fabulous readers.

So, in order to celebrate this day, Read Aloud Dad is giving away a free children's book.

I'll make it as simple as possible to take part.

Read on...

What is the prize? 

I want you to have a taste of what I loved as a kid - so I decided to give away a new copy of any individual Tintin book of your choice.

If you are selected, you will just choose the title - and that will be it. You tell me, I order it for you. And that's it.

Sample page from a Tintin book

Who is eligible? 

All email subscribers to my blog - from most countries in the world.

I you are already an email subscriber, you are in.

If you still do not receive free email updates from me, it is easy peasy. Just click here and subscribe.

Don't forget - you need to verify your subscription by clicking on a link in the confirmation mail that you receive.

Which countries? If your country is served by The Book Depository (US, Canada, UK, EU and around 80+ countries), then you are eligible.

When will the winner be chosen?

I will chose the winner in 7 days time, on 10 April, so all of you who are on the mailing list for free email updates from the Read Aloud Dad blog on April 10 are automatically entered in the contest.

Woo-hoo! I am excited!

Hope you are too.

If you have any questions... please leave them in the comments section. I will be glad to answer!

If you want to see more information about the individual Tintin books, here is a nice list with short synopses of each Tintin book.

Oh, and if you tweet about this giveaway or like it on Facebook or +1 it on Google Plus... well, I'll blow you a kiss. :-)

PS here is a possible tweet that you can tweet to the world:

Win #Tintin children's book in #giveaway hosted by @readalouddad for International Children's Book Day #contest

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  1. I would like any and all of the Tintin books. My kids love these. Even my reluctant reader will not get up till he has read the book from cover to cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Hi Krista,

    You are welcome. So glad you and your kids love the Tintin books. I wish you lots of luck!

    Tintin books are such a perfect combination of adventure, style, comedy and fantasy! Plus they have a fantastic international outlook!

    I must get one of my copies off the shelf to read again tonight!

    Read Aloud Dad

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  3. For someone who never had a Tintin book, how to choose a title? Skimming through the listings & covers on the Book Depository site, I thought about maybe choosing a story placed in a particular country - but, there must be multiples within that category. Decisions, decisions... A couple of Christmases ago, I Did treat myself to a soft toy of Snowy - he was sooooo soft, I couldn't resist, plus it was a 20% off any one item day in the shop. :-)

  4. Hi Nancy!

    A soft Snowy, my twins would love that. Thanks for the idea!

    As regards to which Tintin to choose ... that is a very pertinent question!

    And it is not easy to answer (everyone has a different favorite), but I searched around a bit - and I found a nice customer review on Amazon that also includes a brief synopsis of each of the books. It starts first as a review of the book, Tintin in the Congo ... but then the second part of the review has a short overview of each of the 24 Tintin books ... just follow this link:

    You can also find more information on each of the Tintin adventures at:

    My own favorites: The Seven Crystal Balls (, Prisoners of the Sun (, The Shooting Star (, King Ottokar's Sceptre ( and Cigars of the Pharaoh (

    Plus, don't forget that the two Tintin goes to the moon books were written before Neil Armstrong went to the moon. They are so well written, unbelievable.

    Hope it helps!

    Read Aloud Dad

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  5. Great resource! Glad I found your site. : )

  6. Thanks PragmaticMom,

    Well, don't tell anyone (hush, hush), but I am a great great fan of your own giveaway - Countdown to 1 Million Page Views with Giveaways ( )!

    Congratulation on reaching that incredible 1 million page view mark! I recently crossed the 300,000 page view threshold - but I may copy your 1 million mark idea one day (with your permission of course!).

    Read Aloud Dad

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  7. Hi Amanda,

    I woke up early this morning and ... I found your kind message. Thanks so much for making my day so much nicer!

    A big hug!

    Read Aloud Dad

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  8. Hooray for any reading aloud but especially with dads)! Right now my husband is reading Little Britches and Hugo Cabret to our boys. I think he's awesome for a lot of reasons but especially for reading with them and on his own where they can see men read too.

    Love your generous contest and especially the selection. We have a few Tintin comics from a used book sale and they are some of the most read books in the house. Thanks!

  9. Thanks so much for your comment Emily! Wow, your husband is a fabulous example of a great Read Aloud Dad!

    I have a tiny favor to ask! I've been thinking about buying Little Britches (and possibly some of the sequels) on and off for the past year or so. I've heard so much about it - but never read the book ... can you ask your husband how does he like it as a read aloud? And do your boys enjoy it?

    Any feedback would be welcome!

    I wish you luck in the Tintin contest!!

    A big hug!

    Read Aloud Dad

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  10. My husband read the Little Britches series on his own, and he wanted to share the story with messages of family, hard work, character, etc. with our boys. He said he's not sure what makes something a good read-aloud since he usually just picks books that we enjoyed as kids or have found now. (We have the Read-Aloud Handbook, follow lots of book blogs, and frequently visit the library.) He thinks Little Britches is good for reading with the family since there are a lot of unfamiliar farming, horse, lifestyle things that are not part of modern life and then we can answer questions and discuss it with the kids. It's not heavy on dialogue and has a mix of serious and humor.

    Our boys are 9 and 5. The 9-year-old loves it and is disappointed each night when we have to stop reading. The 5-year-old is a bit wiggly and frequently asks questions--he prefers Hugo (the other one we're also reading together) however, I think he's getting something from Little Britches but some is a bit over his head.

    I'd suggest buying/borrowing Little Britches before buying additional books (I've only read the first book). There's also an old Disney movie (The Wild Country) based on the book which was fine but we were surprised how little of the book and movie were similar.