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    It is certainly one of a kind

    This has been a really hard review to write, I’ve chopped and changed it numerous times as I wasn’t sure what to write. Ned the Nuclear Submarine is an interesting short children’s book however, I have failed to work out what age it is for. Younger children won’t understand the information, nor want to read all the text (there is a lot) in the book. Older children may find that the book looks too young for them, especially with bright colourful large illustrations on each page, hence I can’t place it. The book is about a nuclear submarine that is nervous as he is planning and getting ready to travel the world for the first time. It’s a book about overcoming your fears and embracing life. The story is written in a rhyming style that mainly works, the odd section didn’t, and I know lots of children love books that rhyme. The illustrations are also beautifully drawn, they look like crayon drawings. One of my biggest fears for this book is how well it will work in the UK. I’m not up on how much the children in the USA are taught about nuclear submarines, but in the UK, as far as I’m aware (I have three sons) young children are not taught about nuclear submarines, in fact, all serving UK nuclear submarines are based in Scotland and I doubt if you ask a young child in the UK they would know what a “nuclear” submarine is. At the back is a double page with information on three different US submarines and also about Captain Edward Beach, nicknamed ‘Ned’ – Apologies I’d never heard of him so it was nice to gain some knowledge. I would have expected some information on what a nuclear submarine are and possibly a glossary of terms too. Personally, I think this book is intelligently written and eye-catching, I’m just not sure it fully works as well in the UK as it would in countries that embraces their nuclear power and teaches children at primary school level about it. In all walks of life, there are little children who love learning about vehicles or the armed services so I am sure that there will be some children who will love it. It is certainly one of a kind and I congratulate Demetri Capetanopoulos on both his imaginative writing and his wonderful illustrations too.
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