Dazzle ships World War I and the art of confusion

by Barton, Chris,

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Summary
"When the British Royal Navy grew desperate to protect their ship from German U-Boat attacks, they created Dazzle ships in order to confuse the enemy of their location and destination."--Provided by publisher.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It might seem counterintuitive to paint bold, eye-catching patterns on ships aiming to pass safely through U-boat-infested waters, but as Barton and Ngai's informative picture book demonstrates, that unconventional choice was a daring stroke of genius. During WWI, Britain's warships were routinely targeted by German U-boats, and the Royal Navy was desperate for a way to avoid Germany's attacks. Norman Wilkinson's groundbreaking patterns not quite camouflage, but painting the ships in a way that makes their movements hard to detect fooled even the most experienced sailors, and the navy employed cadres of art students to design more dazzles. Ngai's swirling, art nouveau-style illustrations replicate some of the bold shapes and designs on the so-called dazzle ships, and the soft colors and stylized figures nicely soften the wartime theme and focus attention to the vessels. Barton adds plenty of historical context, illuminating other naval defense schemes of the period, as well as the role of women in creating dazzle patterns. An author's note, time line, and photos of the ships round out this inspiring story of creativity.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dazzling in their own right, newcomer Ngai's illustrations strikingly depict the dazzle ships of WWI, more than 4,000 British and U.S. merchant and warships that were painted with wild colors and patterns. These "dazzle" designs, explains Barton (88 Instruments), "were supposed to confuse German submarine crews about the ships' direction and speed" and keep them safer from torpedo fire. Ngai runs with the camouflage theme in energetic scenes that are crisscrossed with geometric and organic patterns and lines: in one spread, the uniform jacket of British naval officer Norman Wilkinson, who proposed the dazzle painting idea, is masked by the curvilinear patterns and hues of the ocean waves in the background. "Sometimes desperate times call for dazzling measures," writes Barton in conclusion, underscoring the importance of creative problem solving. Reflective author and artist notes, a timeline with b&w photographs, and a reading list wrap up a conversational, compelling, and visually arresting story that coincides with the 100th anniversary of its subject. Ages 7-11. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Gail Gaynin, Morgan Gaynin. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Warships Great Britain Juvenile literature
Warships Camouflage Juvenile literature
World War, 1914-1918 Camouflage Juvenile literature
World War, 1914-1918 Art and the war Juvenile literature
Warships Great Britain
Warships Camouflage
World War, 1914-1918 Camouflage
World War, 1914-1918 Art and the war
Transportation
History
Juvenile Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Lerner Publishing Group2017
2017
Other Titles World War I and the art of confusion
Contributors Ngai, Victo, 1988- illustrator.
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Audience Grades K-3.
Language English
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781512451108
9781512472189
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