World War I and the Art of Confusion
A visually stunning look at innovative and eye-popping measures used to protect ships during World War I.
During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships?
Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship’s speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than four thousand ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs.
Author Chris Barton and illustrator Victo Ngai vividly bring to life this little-known story of how the unlikely and the improbable became just plain dazzling.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||36|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF025130, JNF057020, JNF025210|
|Dimensions||9.25 x 11|
|Guided Reading Level||W|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.1|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||189562|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Timeline|
- Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee
- Bluestem Award Master List
- Virginia Readers' Choice Award Nominee
- North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee
- Texas Topaz Reading List
- Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Nominee
- NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
- Cybils Finalist
- Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award
- ALA Notable Children's Books
- Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
- New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
- Orbis Pictus Award Honor
- Dilys Evans Founder’s Award
- Writers' League of Texas Book Award
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Barton’s lively text is matched by Ngai’s engrossing artwork, which employs dazzle techniques throughout her inventive spreads.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Chris Barton and Victo Ngai’s Dazzle Ships gives young readers an introduction to World War I in a clever and colorful way.”—Shelf Awareness
School Library Journal
“The well-written, intriguing text is complemented by Ngai’s vibrant and surreal illustrations. . . . With the commemoration of the centenary of World War I, this book is a fascinating selection that will captivate readers, especially war story enthusiasts.”—starred, School Library Journal
“[An] inspiring story of creativity.”—Booklist
“[A] conversational, compelling, and visually arresting story . . .”—starred, Publishers Weekly
“[A] fascinating volume about a little-known side of the war. An eye-catching title sure to dazzle.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Chris Barton
Chris Barton is the author of acclaimed nonfiction picture books including Dazzle Ships, Whoosh!, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?, and The Day-Glo Brothers, which was awarded a Sibert Honor. Chris lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. Visit his website at www.chrisbarton.info.
Illustrator: Victo Ngai
Victo Ngai is a Los Angeles-based illustrator from Hong Kong. "Victo" is neither a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria—a leftover from the British colonization. Ngai's work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and animations. Among her many clients are The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, General Electric, Lufthansa, Johnnie Walker, Apple, IMAX, MTA Art and Design, McDonald's, and Tor Forge. Ngai has received numerous honors, including Forbes 30 Under 30, The Society of News Design, The Society of Publications Designers, Communication Arts, Spectrum Fantastic, and the Society of Illustrators of New York. She's a current nominee for the Hugo, Locus, and Chesley awards.