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Pirated stories  January 2007
If you and your kids had fun solving DK Publishing’s Shipwreck Detective mystery, you’ll have as much fun with Piratepedia, also from
DK. Authors Alisha Niehaus and Alan Hecker packed this 128-page hardcover book with encyclopedia-style entries about pirates from
ancient times to present. Richly illustrated with maps, drawings and photographs, the presentation is sure to catch the eyes of age seven
and older readers. The subject matter, broken into chapters by history as well as geography, is surprisingly comprehensive, with profiles on
many of the captains and their ships. Even tidbits like Captain Kidd’s alleged burial of a treasure chest on Long Island’s Gardiner Island are
not overlooked. Life aboard the ships, how one nation’s heroic privateer could be another’s pirate, and how it’s all dramatized by
Hollywood puts a perspective on pirating. The book ends with a look at pirates in classic literature such as “Treasure Island” and ”Peter
Pan” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “Pirates of Penzance.” This book is a sneaky way to draw kids to literature, history and social
sciences. ISBN: 978-0-7566-2660-0.
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Kid yourself with atlas  February 2007
DK Books just added another title to the books your 10 and older kids will have a hard time wresting from grownups. John Woodward’s
Oceans Atlas is packed with eye-raising facts about the 70 percent of the world that’s covered with water. Colorful photos, drawings and
maps that fill the 96-page hardcover enhance the compelling lessons in geology, biology, history, commerce and conservation. Acetate
overlays on some illustrations show millennia of change at the flip of a page. The atlas takes young marine scientists to oceans the world
over, from coastal planes to abyssal depths and examines the importance of the denizens, flora and minerals they all contain. Pioneering and
modern explorers are profiled. Tectonic plate movements, tides, island formation and other forces of nature are presented. The glossary
and index make it easy to look up facts. Complementing the book is an interactive DVD that expands the content of this educational
package into a computer lesson as well. At least the kids will have something to read while the grownups hog the atlas.
ISBN: 978-0-7566-2557-3.
A clue to a great kids' book  October 2006
Kids 8-years and older will have a hard time prying Duncan Cameron’s Shipwreck Detective away from their parents. Written by Richard
Platt, the lavishly produced 96-page hardcover from DK Publishing draws in minds young and old with its clues to finding sunken treasure
on wrecks ranging from Roman corbita and Viking longboats to pirate ships, World War I and II warships and commercial freighters. A
functional compass built into the cover sets off the spirit of adventure. The handwriting type font throughout gives the sense that Duncan’s
tale is meticulously logged journal of his quest for treasure, as he relates it to his Uncle Joe. Replicas of inventory lists, news story clips,
Beaufort wind scale, star chart and other clues are inserted as if taped or glued onto journal pages. Photos and drawings above and below
the water not only illustrate the text but expand on it to become lessons in history, science, geography, sociology and marine biology.
Ultimately Duncan finds the treasure, but readers are challenged to determine how he cracked the riddle. A Renaissance-style illuminated
world map and a logbook for young explorers make their own treasure notes is included closes the book and sets the stage for further
personal adventure. Wells, England-based writer-illustrator Duncan Cameron is an avid diver whose fascination with wrecks has inspired
him to visit dive sites around the world. ISBN: 978 0 7566 2218 3. Learn more at