Title: Ships & SubmarinesShips and Submarines
Author: Steve Parker
Illustrator: Alex Pang
Pages: 40
Reading Level: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★

I’m going to be really honest up here and admit that I started this book on June 6th… and finished it on the 28th.

No, I did not read out of it everyday. No, the material wasn’t too challenging for me to understand. It was just a little… dull. To me. And I’ve just about had it with the scramble-all-sorts-of-boxes-with-random-information-around-on-a-page style of children’s non-fiction. It makes me feel dizzy.

But, to be fair, Ships & Submarines was exactly what it advertised – a book about ships and submarines and just about every other kind of water machine you can call to mind. Tankers, speedboats, jet-skis, hovercraft, freighters, aircraft carriers, cruise ships, you name it. They’re all included with cutaway illustrations, brief discussions on the origins of the particular craft, and descriptions of the mechanics of the craft – how it propels, steers, etc.

If I had actually had a vested interested in the subject, I probably would ave found this book much more interesting. Also, I remember as a child not being bothered by all of the tiny, unconnected boxes scattered across a page. So, I should be fair here and say that children who are interested in naval science would probably delight in this book.

Conclusion. Good for children interested in shipping. Shipping as in sailing, not mailing packages. :)

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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