Escape This Book!: Titanic by Bill Doyle, illustrated by Sarah Sax

Escape This Book!: Titanic by Bill Doyle, illustrated by Sarah Sax. Random House, 2019. ISBN9780525644200

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Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Historical fiction/interactive

What did you like about the book? A fun interactive book that invites readers to imagine themselves as present during the Titanic disaster of 1912. By choosing any path, as a stowaway, a passenger (second-class) or a crew member, one can follow the choice to a conclusion. Information about the disaster is referred to during the adventure, and supplied at the end. Readers are invited to write, draw, tear and complete puzzles throughout, the answers to which are also supplied at the end. The writing is informational and peppy and the black and white art is inviting. Every time I read about this event in history, I can’t believe that there were only 20 lifeboats on board for the 2200 people.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Because of the interactive nature of the book, it is not appropriate for libraries.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great gift for kids, 8-12, who are fans of the Choose Your Own Adventure or the I Survived series.

Who should buy this book? This works as a gift book.

Where would you shelve it ? I don’t recommend it for library purchase, but it would be shelved in children’s fiction.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington MA

Date of review: April 15, 2019

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