ATLANTIS by Mary-Jane Knight

ATLANTIS

The Search for the Lost City
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

With help from a CD-sized cardboard decoder disk, young archaeologists can discover for themselves that the ancient Atlantean language was actually English.

Threaded together along a thin and thoroughly predictable plotline involving a fictional 19th-century submarine expedition to the Mediterranean, this low-budget item assembles a hodgepodge of facts about Minoans and mazes, underwater archaeology, mapmaking history and theories about Atlantis. It lays these out along with easily spotted “clues” to the legendary island’s location on old documents and artifacts. Many of said clues are short messages slightly hidden behind a substitution code that uses modified Roman capitals. Exceptionally lazy readers can skip to the end to find the translations, along with solutions to other conundrums posed during the expedition’s contrived misadventures. Printed on heavy stock with an occasional side flap, the spreads all offer a visual jumble of narrative blocks, small historical images, photos of live models in period dress and new art to fill in the gaps.

Undisguised ephemera. (Novelty. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7534-6680-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Kingfisher
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2012




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenCODEQUEST HIEROGLYPHS by Sean Callery
by Sean Callery
ChildrenLOST CIVILIZATIONS by Sharon Linnéa
by Sharon Linnéa
ChildrenTHE EGYPTOLOGY HANDBOOK by Dugald Steer
by Dugald Steer