S.S. Gigantic across the Atlantic: The Story of the World's Biggest Ocean Liner Ever! and its Disastrous Maiden Voyage

S.S. Gigantic across the Atlantic: The Story of the World's Biggest Ocean Liner Ever! and its Disastrous Maiden Voyage

by Peter Selgin
     
 
Little Pip-Squeak is the lookout on the "S.S." Gigantic, and it's his job to make sure that the largest ship in the world crosses the Atlantic safely. Is he big enough for the job?

In this hilarious tale of titanic proportions, Peter Selgin proves that size isn't everything.

Overview

Little Pip-Squeak is the lookout on the "S.S." Gigantic, and it's his job to make sure that the largest ship in the world crosses the Atlantic safely. Is he big enough for the job?

In this hilarious tale of titanic proportions, Peter Selgin proves that size isn't everything.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This graphically fascinating picture book spoofs the hoopla surrounding the Titanic saga. The author/illustrator, a self-proclaimed Titanic fan, creates in this large format picture book a larger-than-life ocean liner and peoples it with caricatures and buffoons. While the story may entertain younger readers and amuse older readers, the real attraction here is the illustrations. Using bold yellows, blues, reds and blacks, the artists tells his story in bold cartoons. In order to show this truly huge ocean liner in all its splendor, he must break conventions and reconfigure points of view. It's all very interesting--even for readers who care nothing about ocean liners and their ill-fated maiden voyages.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 5At last, an antidote for those seeking to satisfy the Titanic thirst in young patrons, but who are unable to face another DiCaprio clip. This timely send-up records the maiden voyage of the worlds Biggest Ocean Liner Ever: Its SO gigantic, it can travel around the world without moving! The ship boasts a passenger list of billionaires, the likes of Dr. and Mrs. Iadore Myself and Benjamin Bigbehind. It is young Pip-Squeak (the lookout with extraordinary vision) who narrates, recounting the disastrous effects of the dreaded SEA THUMBTACK on the vessels rubber hull. Selgins comic-book art is executed with gouache in a palette of primary colors and black. His dynamic designs sweep across the pages with consistently sharp attention to detail, from the endpapers to the Bar-Code Barge that is being towed across the books back cover. The artwork is accompanied by an equally animated text. Pair this with Judi Barretts Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Atheneum, 1978) or Anne Isaacss Swamp Angel (Dutton, 1994) for a storytime of gargantuan proportions and great fun.Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"S.S" Gigantic Across The Atlantic (40 pp.; May; 0-689-82467-X): A gleeful poke at the Titanic tale and mythology, as well as at anyone involved in boasts of "biggest," "best," and "most." Pip-Squeak, a young lad in search of adventure, and unafraid to toot his own horn, meets up with adult hyperbole in the form of Captain Bragg, whose ship is the "S.S." Gigantic, and whose gloating skills are only slightly less flamboyant than the claims he makes for his vessel. The ship survives a large iceberg (sinking it, in fact), and—unlike Titanic—gets a second chance. A shiplore send-up, in amusing stylized art. (Picture book. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689824678
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.61(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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