Wednesday, January 21, 2009

All Stations! Distress!

ALL STATIONS! DISTRESS! Don Brown; New York: Roaring Book Press, 2008; unpaged. Non-fiction.

In this book, Don Brown has created a near-perfect account for young people of the Titanic tragedy. Not overburdened with detail ("The wound was fatal. The ship was doomed."), the basic narrative tells exactly what happened, with plenty of fascinating detail to fill out the story. Brown's illustrations are atmospheric and memorable: the great liner steaming across a starlit ocean. The older couple holding each other close before the end. This lovely book tells the terrible story precisely and with great dignity.

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