What Sank the World's Biggest Ship?
And Other Questions About the Titanic
Mark Elliott has illustrated numerous children's books for HarperCollins, Scholastic, Dial, Knopf, and Holiday House. His work has been exhibited in several shows at the Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Guild, and has appeared in numerous Spectrum Annuals. Mark lives in Stamford, CT.
Here, the format works quite well, the questions being the ones that have so fascinated people ever since the tragedy occurred. Why did everyone think the Titanic was unsinkable? How could an iceberg appear out of nowhere? Did the telegraph operator ignore an important message? What happened to the stranded passengers? The answers are written in clear prose full of fascinating details: The ship was 'the largest human-made moving object in the world'; 'The propellers were as wide as houses'; 'Using cheap rivets likely cost 1,500 lives.' Paintings, photographs, maps and a timeline complement the text to offer a fascinating account for young readers who love information. Besides the questions that head each section, there are questions within the answers: Who was at fault? Why was the ship traveling so fast in an ice field? “Why didn't the lookouts have binoculars? The format is irresistible, each answer just long enough to provide essential information...overall this will be a sure hit with young readers. A promising start to a new series." –Kirkus Reviews