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THE TITANIC NOTEBOOK by Claire Hawcock

THE TITANIC NOTEBOOK

By Claire Hawcock (Author) , Stuart Jackson Carter (Illustrator) , Garry Walton (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60887-072-1
Publisher: Insight Editions

For Titanic completists, a standard account of the ship’s building and sinking enhanced by pop-ups and capped by a model to be assembled from several dozen punch-out pieces.

Though wrong in claiming that the liner was the first to have a swimming pool (that honor goes to the Adriatic, built in 1907), the descriptive notes are laudably dense with technical data and factual information. They are extended by a well-chosen mix of painted reconstructions and (more often) contemporary photos, prints and documents. There are also flaps and booklets, a miniature poster in a pocket and pop-ups of the Titanic’s bow, a lifeboat and Robert Ballard’s submersible Alvin and its remote-controlled robot Jason Jr. A pouch at the rear holds a folded instruction sheet and several sheets of pre-punched card stock that, with care and judicious use of glue, can be worked up into a flat-bottomed but reasonably finely detailed model.

Wrapped in flimsy covers held shut with an elastic band, this has a homemade look that may draw DIYers—but all in all, it’s a familiar tale told yet again. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-11)