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By ChrisBarton Victo Ngai | Comments: ( 101 ) | Date: ( May 25, 2020 )

This nonfiction picture book explores art, desperation, and one man s incredible idea for saving ships from German torpedoes in World War I Dazzle camouflage transformed ordinary British and American ships into eye popping masterpieces.


  • Title: Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
  • Author: ChrisBarton Victo Ngai
  • ISBN: 9781512451108
  • Page: 148
  • Format: ebook

About Author:

ChrisBarton Victo Ngai

I m the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs Train, Sibert Honor winning The Day Glo Brothers, and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch 2016 17 and Whoosh Lonnie Johnson s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions 2017 18 , both illustrated by Don Tate My new books in 2017 18 include Dazzle Ships World War I and the Art of Confusion, Book or Bell and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That , a picture book biography of Barbara Jordan I visit schools by the score and also love speaking to professional gatherings of librarians, educators, and my fellow writers.I m married to novelist Jennifer Ziegler Revenge of the Flower Girls, How Not to Be Popular , and we live with our family in Austin, Texas, where I have advocated for greater diversity in children s literature by cofounding the Modern First Library program with independent bookseller BookPeople For information about me, please visit chrisbartonfo.



Comments Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion

  • Miri

    This book is stunning. The gorgeous cover caught my attention while I was cataloging it, and I had to pause to read through. I can't decide which element of it is the best (that's a lie, it's obviously the spectacular illustrations)—but the subject itself is fascinating, and even the author's and illustrator's notes were more than usually interesting. Chris Barton talks about the process of research, the way it always leads to more questions, the way photographs can omit or obscure facts, and [...]


  • Rebecca

    It's funny, because only a month ago did I get my first hint about WWI ship camouflage from reading "Dead Wake." Here is a nonfiction picture book with much more detail, with unique illustrations by Victo Ngai. Who could have guessed that a successful method of making ships harder to torpedo would be not painting them to blend in, but dazzling the eye with wild designs that made their speed and direction hard to determine? A cool mix of art and technology. Don't miss the author's note and resour [...]


  • Liza Wiemer

    Very interesting, beautiful illustrations, a lot of text, but it's needed. I can see kids interested in history, war, transportation, art, camouflage being fascinated by this story. A great addition to picture books. Excellent for ALL ages.


  • paula

    What you'll notice first about this book is THIS ILLUSTRATOR. Sophisticated wavy lines weave and undulate like ribbons across the page, mimicking light on water, cloud shadows, and the dazzle patterns that camouflaged British and U.S. ships.Then the story kicks in, and you may be blown away by the audacity of the idea of dazzle. Instead of painting these ships with camouflage that duplicates natural colors and patterns, dazzle ships were high-contrast and largely geometric. Like giant metal caro [...]


  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    One of Barton's best. And the illustrations are gorgeous.


  • Michele Knott

    I can't wait to have more time with this amazing book later this summer. Do not miss this book!Yet another picture book that should be used in middle grade classrooms as they learn about this time period. What a fascinating piece of history that would go along with the lecture on the German U-boats.


  • Laura

    During World War I, Great Britain wanted to find a way to protect their supply ships from German U-Boats. Norman Wilkinson decided to camouflage ships by painting confusing, or dazzling, designs on them. I especially love Chris Barton's author's note in which he describe how curiosity drives his research process.Recommended for grades 4 - 6.


  • Beverly

    Maybe I would have liked history classes more if the teachers had included interesting tidbits like these dazzle ships, and the story of the bear that became Winnie-the-Pooh. Instead they trotted out boring details like dates, countries involved, battles fought, etc making history for me, at least, a dry and dusty subject.


  • Alex Baugh

    During WWI, the Germans had a real advantage over their enemies, Britain and the United States. They had perfected the use of submarines from which they could launch torpedoes, making their enemies ships literal sitting ducks. Britain was especially desperate to find a solution to the sinking of ships, both military and non-military, since, as an island, they relied on boats to bring them much of what they needed, especially food, and so far, nothing has worked.That is, until Norman Wilkinson, a [...]


  • Mary Dewley

    "The Royal Navy couldn't prove that dazzle had actually spared any ships. But some insisted that at the very least, the sailors on those ships just felt better knowing that something had been tried to keep them from being torpedoed." Very interesting read. I researched this story because I had never heard of such a thing! There are several pictures online that are easy to find. Very strange concept of making them so bold. It made them stand out like a sore thumb, which surprised me that more of [...]


  • Susan

    Excellent book! Written for young readers, but everyone could learn a tremendous amount from this book. Besides the wonderful text, the design & illustrations are excellent as well. The author's note is top-rate as well. Must use this with 5th grade. But this would be great for high school history class discussions. (Library)


  • Julie Kirchner

    A fascinating look at the ships that were painted during World War I in order to confuse German U-boats that we’re sinking all vessels headed toward the UK. I wasn’t aware of this practice and found the story to be quite intriguing. They do not have proof that it made a difference, but what an interesting true story of “desperate times calling for desperate measures!”


  • Melanie

    Great message and proof that the whole makerspace movement is nothing new: "Times change. Technology changes.But a willingness to tackle problems by trying the unlikely, the improbable, the seemingly bonkers will always be needed." Fascinating topic by Chris Barton and a RI School of Design illustrator make this a winning combination.


  • Kelly

    I had absolutely no clue that these ships existed. This is a great story about British and American ships that were painted with dazzling designs in order to confuse U-boat commanders in WWI. Wonderful!


  • Shelley

    I had no idea. The things one earns from children's books.


  • Meredith

    I heard the same 99% Invisible podcast as Chris Barton, and I'm so glad he ran with the information. Recommended to the RICBA committee.


  • Keeley

    Caldecott Read! Based on the illustrations alone, this book is PERFECTION. I was just mesmerized by each page. This could be my pick for the winner!


  • Margaret Sankey

    Visually striking, contextually grounded (other artists and life scientists interested in protective coloring, optical illusions and trompe l'oeil) story of the attempts to torpedo-proof WWI British ships.


  • Frederic

    A kids' picture-book on WWI?! On painting ships?!? At first glance those may not seem like obvious topics for a young kid. But if you think about how much many kids like trains, trucks, planes, and, yes, ships, and how much kids like playing with paint, then it starts to click. And it's a great piece of history, with art and military science coming together. I've seen and read a fair amount on the "dazzle ships" so this wasn't new to me, but it's really well told -- and truly extraordinarily wel [...]


  • John Plowright

    The British tried all manner of means in the First World War to combat the U-boat menace and particularly the threat posed by unrestricted submarine warfare. These included depth charges, catapult planes, Q-ships (decoy merchant ships with concealed weaponry) and the convoy system. However, the most imaginative innovation was the development of dazzle camouflage: Norman Wilkinson’s counter-intuitive idea that by painting ships in bold colours and patterns it would make them less rather than mo [...]


  • Linda

    I first learned about this beautifully innovative deception in the longer middle-grade book Double Cross by Paul B. Janeczko. For older readers, like this one, it opens eyes to the desperate problem-solving done in so many ways to help win wars.This time Chris Barton tells the story from World War I of the need to stop Germany from torpedoing ships of war or those carrying goods to the United Kingdom. Suddenly, the war's loss seemed imminent if something wasn't changed to help those ships. The U [...]


  • Laura N

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. During World War One, the island nation of Great Britain was faced with a dreadful problem: feeding her people. German U Boats were sinking their ships, making it nearly impossible to import food. Britain was desperate for a solution (even considering training sea lions to spot the U Boats) that would prevent their people from starving and allow them to stay in the war. Enter Lieutenant-Commander Norman Wilki [...]


  • Becky B

    When German U-boat attacks on cargo ships during WWI started causing residents of England to worry about shortages of materials, the UK started looking for ways to cut down on the number of ships sunk by torpedoes. Norman Wilkinson came to the government with the idea to camouflage the ships with designs that would confuse U-boat captains as to which direction the ship was headed. The government liked the idea and Wilkinson and a workforce of female artists started creating designs and painting [...]


  • Abby

    Non-fiction texts can often be dry and boring, but Barton’s use of narrative elements keeps Dazzle Ships fresh and exciting, making a historical tale come to life. The book begins and ends with great information included in the backmatter. It gives context to the book as well as a timeline of WWI. Barton also includes an Author’s Note which describes his decision making process as he chose which parts of the story to include and which parts to leave out. Interestingly, Barton left out detail [...]


  • Gary Anderson

    This is a terrific subject for a nonfiction picture book! The drama of war, the art of deception, and giant ships painted in dazzling colors and patterns all combine in Chris Barton’s Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. During World War I, British ships were torpedoed by German submarines at a rate so alarming that the British food supply was threatened. Nothing seemed to thwart the attacks until Norman Wilkinson, a British naval officer, came up with the idea of painting the s [...]


  • Maria Marshall

    Demonstrating the necessity to try "the unlikely, the improbable, [and] the seemingly bonkers," this wonderful non-fiction book explores the use of camouflage by the United Kingdom during WWI. In order to evade German U-boats and their torpedoes, the British tried an unusual tactic and painted their ships with patterns designed to confuse, or dazzle, the German submarine periscope officers. Victor Ngai's illustrations are enchanting. He uses bold shapes and colors. As well as a motif of waves th [...]


  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Barton, Chris Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. PICTURE BOOK. Illustrated by Victo Ngai. Millbrook Press (Lerner), 2017. $20.During World War I, German submarines started attacking not only British and American warships, but also desperately needed cargo ships. Thought he idea was not new, a Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer, Norman Wilkinson suggested that ships be painted in what he called dazzle patterns – patterns that would confuse the submarine captains about the boa [...]


  • Susan

    This picture book encourages imaginative problem solving and experimentation by sharing a lesser known approach to protecting British and American ships from U boat attacks during World War I. Packed with lots of information, this picture book illustrates and explains the concept of Dazzle while raising more questions for curious minds to research and explore. Facing starvation as a result of increasingly successful U boat attacks on merchant vessels, Lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson propos [...]


  • Tanja

    What a fascinating account of how American and British ships were painted / camouflaged to dazzle and confuse the German submarines trying to sink them. I had never before heard of this idea, the brainchild of Norman Wilkinson. A really interesting and intriguing account; and most importantly (for me as a Primary School librarian) very accessible to younger readers. I often get requests for books about the World Wars from my Primary School students, finding most of the available materials little [...]


  • Jana

    This fascinating nonfiction picture book uses engaging informational text and wonderful illustrations to tell readers of an amazing strategy used by the Allied Powers during the First World War. Because the Germans were ruthless in attacking ships with their U-boats (underwater boats), the Allies were desperate to find a way to protect ships. This book explains how military officials decided to paint the boats in crazy patterns and designs, making it more difficult for submarine sailors to deter [...]


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