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Titanic Sinks!: Experience the Titanic's Doomed Voyage in this Unique Presentation of Fact andFi ction Hardcover – November 10, 2011
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"This gripping recounting of the Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage...[is] a polished and engaging account of one of the 20th century’s most infamous disasters." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The text is lively, compelling and convincing . . . This is history at its best, an original and appealing way to mark the centennial of this familiar disaster." — Kirkus, starred review
"Rousing and plenty eerie. The larger-than-usual format allows for readers to be awed by the same thing that awed onlookers in 1912: the gigantic size of everything." — Booklist, starred review
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I absolutely loved this book for many reasons. It tells the story of the sinking through a perspective I'm not used to seeing, newspaper articles from the time. There are also quotes from survivors and a very interesting section written in the perspective of a reporter going down with the ship. The story of how the writings of the reporter made it through the sinking is very captivating. It is also full of photographs that I have not seen before. The interview with the captain of the Carpathia was something you don't find in most Titanic books. And of course there are plenty of stats.
I believe this book is great for children. It is full of facts. There isn't a wordy build-up to the crash. It starts at the beginning, the building of the ship, and goes all the way through to the investigations pretty quickly. It is a large book in size, not in pages. My experience working in the library is that a lot of kids really enjoy picking up these large books. I recommend this book to children and adults alike, especially anyone who loves the Titanic and wants to read about it from different perspectives.
He wrote Titanic Sinks!, a few years ago now, before I entered the picture, and filled me in on "the publishing process," here and there. One feature that distinguishes this book from ANY OTHER BOOK on the Titanic is the photos he's used. Photos of the Titanic, as you may or may not know, are few and far between. Barry managed to illustrate his book exclusively with photos of the Titanic--without leaning on photos of its sister ship, the Olympic--and the design hasn't suffered for it. At all. It's one of the most beautiful books I have seen published, in years--the sort of book that reminds you of what the publishing industry can bring to the table. A Kindle has its strengths. A book has its strengths. Titanic Sinks! showcases those of a physical book: It raises the bar, as far as design and content go.
School of Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews each selected it as one of the Best Books of 2011.
As Booklist put it in a starred review:
"Purists may balk, but the format provides excellent cover for Denenberg to relay reams of factual information, from the fascination surrounding the ship's construction ("14,000 TO BUILD BEHMOTHS," the headline shouts) to personality profiles to first-hand reports from survivors. The centerpiece is a fictional yet accurate manuscript written by Times reporter S. F. Vanni, who typed even as the ship was sinking, and then lashed the manuscript to his body before he died at sea.Read more ›
I originally purchased Titanic Sinks! for my 7th and 9th graders, but was so impressed with the format and photos that I ended up reading it myself!
The author uses fact and fiction to depict the details of that fateful night almost 100 years ago. I really liked the book format which resembles newspaper articles, and the journal entry of the character who is retelling the story of that horrific evening appears to have been manually typed.
My kids found all of the information easy to digest, and it sparked discussions around the dinner table on more than one occasion. They also loved all of the old photos and all of the fascinating statistics that are included in the book.
There was so much interesting material and facts that I had not previously known in Titanic Sinks!, that I am not sure who enjoyed the book more - me or my kids!
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any Titanic lover will appreciate this book. lots of great pics and if left out never fails to be picked up by guests.
I bought this book and it came water damaged. The book pages are all stuck together and have water marks all over them. Now I have to go through the hassle of returning it. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by James Baylerian
I enjoyed this oversized book as a commemorative piece. It was evocative of what you would imagine the times and the event would feel like. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Lorraine Jones
The details of this book are from the diary/journal of passenger S.F. Vanni, who was a journalist ("Chief Correspondent") for Modern Times magazine (I didn't... Read more