Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Sinking of the Titanic

The Sinking of the Titanic

Nonfiction Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 8 to 10
Capstone Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0736838344

It was said that the Titanic was “the safest ship ever built” and she was certainly the biggest. She was also incredibly luxurious, especially for the first class passengers who had every comfort that they could possibly want. Unfortunately for everyone on the ship, the Titanic was not as indestructible as everyone thought for just before midnight on April 14th, 1912, she struck an iceberg. The huge piece of ice tore such a big hole in the side of the ship that she began to sink at once and in just a few short hours she was gone beneath the waters of the Atlantic taking more than 1,500 souls with her.

Readers of this graphic title will quickly find themselves enthralled by this gripping account of the Titanic disaster. In the account they will meet some of the people who experienced it, which makes this telling feel very personal and poignant. There is the Laroche family, Molly Brown, members of the crew, and Ida Straus who refused to leave her husband and who went down with him when the ship sank.

Bright full-page comic book style art gives the story a strong sense of immediacy and will make this slice of history very accessible to young readers who are reluctant to read large pieces of text.