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.
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Chris Barton is the author of the bestseller Shark vs. Train and the nonfiction books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, The Nutcracker Comes to America, and The Day-Glo Brothers. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.
Victo Ngai is a Los Angeles based illustrator from Hong Kong. Her first name is a nickname derived from Victoria. Her work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and animations. She 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 has also been a nominee for the Hugo, Locus, and Chesley awards.
Johnny Heller is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has recorded hundreds of titles. A multiple Earphones and Audie Award winner, he was named a 2008 and 2009 Listen Up winner by Publishers Weekly and a Best Voice of 2008 and 2009as well as one of the top fifty voices of the 20th Centuryby AudioFile. A veteran stage, television, and commercial actor, he is also a stand-up comic, author, and playwright.