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TITANIC offers readers fabulous new insight into what it was really like aboard the majestic boat with photographs, letters, journal entries, and tons of novelty features!
This gorgeous volume brings history to life as readers follow a young boy's passage on the Titanic. Through his journals and loads of incredible novelty features, readers will get a unique inside look at the impressive luxury ship and her maiden voyage. Novelty features include: pop-ups, pull tabs, slide mechanisms, fold-out maps, and booklets for additional Titanic information. TITANIC offers readers fabulous new insight into what it was really like aboard the luxury boat with photographs, letters, and journal entries.
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Grade 4–6—Once past the glitzy cover—silver foil, with an imbedded lenticular image—the quality of this pop-up account of the disaster takes a serious dive. Crosbie relates background information and the voyage's events with a trite combination of sound-bite captions surrounding a fictive young survivor's journal entries, all supported by several foldout sheets or booklets printed in a tiny, marginally legible typeface. The often-fragile movable effects range from ho-hum to, in the case of a circular view of the Atlantic Ocean and coastlines that pivots around its center, downright surreal. The design is so slipshod that the unfinished art beneath the pop-up collision scene is plainly visible. For no evident reason, a number of the painted illustrations are printed on separate pieces, then glued to the page. A final spread on the wreck's present and future isn't enough to keep this offering afloat, especially considering the plethora of better treatments; Ken Marschall's Inside the Titanic: A Giant Cut-away Book (Little, Brown, 1997), for instance, is both more informative and has a higher "wow" factor.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster may be but a speck on the iceberg-studded horizon, but children's macabre fascination with the Titanic saga endures. This latest title on the tragedy is done up in the oversize, feature-loaded fashion popularized by Candlewick's Dragonology (2003) and others. Based on the packaging—copious silver foil and a portal framing an image that changes with the book's angle—one might assume it to be the most lavish such book yet. In practice, though, the flaps, booklets, and other extras feel a bit uninspired, even illogically applied (at one point, a map of the globe swivels around the wrong axis). But a dimensional, stem-to-stern portrait of the steamship will impress readers, and the content is solid enough, delivered through a combination of historical sidebars and fictional journal entries that chart the experiences of a boy passenger who loses two family members in the disaster. Illustrations include original watercolors and archival images. Purchase this for the book's outward splendor and the seemingly depthless demand for material on the topic. Mattson, Jennifer
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