#84 – Titanic: Disaster at Sea by Philip Wilkinson

 5 Stars

RMS Titanic set sail on April 12, 1912.  She is the largest ocean liner to date and considered the most luxurious and the safest.  Unsinkable is what the Titanic was considered.  There were watertight compartments that were to keep the ship afloat, even if one or two filled up with water.  The White Star Line, run by Bruce Ismay, was proud of Titanic.  She was the ocean liner that would best any liner built by Cunard, the other major cruise line company.  After watching  the building of  Titanic, and her sister ship Olympic, Mr. Ismay was anxious to test his unsinkable ship.

RMS Titanic reached two ports of call and then set sail for New York City.  Two nights later, Titanic was on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, broken in two.  She never made to New York.  Because the ship did not have enough lifeboats for all the passengers and crew; because some refused to believe the ship would sink; and because the crew was slow to react, many people lost their life that night.  Titanic: Disaster at Sea will take you from construction to the recovery of items, seventy years later.

First a disclosure: I am a Titanic “Nut.”  Anything Titanic and I want to see it; no, I need to see it.  Unfortunately, with the digital edition in my eReader, I could not see much.  This book has tons of original photographs, diagrams, small snippets of information, and lists of amazing information about the ship, the passengers, and the crew.  All of this crammed onto a seven inch eReader does not work.  I have not seen this on a ten-inch eReader, so it may or may not look as gorgeous as it does in print.

In the, old-fashioned, printed version Titanic: Disaster at Sea is an amazing collection of factoids, photographs, drawings and most anything else the author could find to get this rather huge volume of information together, so kids can understand the tragedy of that , what lead up to it, and what came after.  If you do not understand most things Titanic after reading this book, I am not sure what would help.  Kids are going to love this.  Titanic enthusiasts are going to love this.

The pages burst with color and information.  Not a single space is wasted.  Mr. Wilkinson did an amazing job assembly all the details he has.  Details of Titanic’s floors and a crosscut of the ship are on a four-page spread pullout.  In addition, a poster of this spread is included; perfect for a kid’s bedroom wall.

I love kid’s books but I do not gush about them.  Okay,  I was bowled over one time: Wonderstruck.  Well, this is the second time.  I love this book.  Mr. Wilkinson and the design team at Weldon Owen, plus publisher Capstone, have made a gem.  April fourteenth will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.  Schools all over the country will be doing something related to Titanic.  Already, titles are flooding bookstore bookshelves.  Titanic: Disaster at Sea should be the one on your kid’s bookshelf.

Titanic: Disaster at Sea

Author:  Philip Wilkinson
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication Date:  February 1, 2012
Number of Pages:  64
ISBN:  978-1-4296-7527-7



8 thoughts on “#84 – Titanic: Disaster at Sea by Philip Wilkinson

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  2. ERIK,
    You would love this book. I wish I could send it to you. It released February 1, 2012, so this is as new as new can get for a book (that is printed).

    I am betting in April your teacher is going to do something with the Titanic. April 14 of this year will be 100 years since it sank. That is why there is an influx of Titanic books for kids and adults, though the kids’ books are much more interesting and fun. I think so anyway.

    I hope you get your hands on one soon. Let me know what you think. Maybe review it? Would love to know what you would write.


  3. This sounds like a book I would really like. I have become more and more interested about the Titanic. I read Gordan Korman’s Titanic series and thought it was a good story (it’s a historical fiction series for kids). I am going to see if the library has this one!


  4. ” I am a Titanic “Nut.” ”

    Same here. I still haven’t figure it out. I guess maybe because of all the ‘what ifs’ involved in the tragedy. Nice review.


    • Thanks. I think it is easy to write about something when you are a fanatic.

      You have an interesting site. I saw many ships, you are a “nut” too. I was never into history when I was young. Actually hated it. I like it now. Maybe because so much of history was during my lifetime. (So sad.) I love the look of your site. It matches the content perfectly.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate all the eyes and love the comments. Thanks!


  5. Thank you! I am still not sure what it is about Titanic that enthralls me, yet it does. I hate to give this one up (to the library). It is a nice layout, with lots of cool information. If I were a kid, I would love it. Though, as an adult . . . I love it! This book is really nice. Granted, others may have more information, but this gives exactly what a kid can digest and still get the entire picture of that fateful night.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to keep reviewing. Really just wanted to say thanks for the compliment and more thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the support.



  6. The Titanic story will continue to captivate for years to come. You gave a review that is enticing. This sounds like the kind of book I would have liked to own and read and reread when I was a kid.

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