The Shipwreck Detective by Richard Platt is an interactive children’s book following the death of Duncan’s Uncle Joe. He has left a letter behind that talks about a hidden treasure he wants his niece and nephew to find if they can. He gives them a list of shipwrecks and a riddle with a deadline. If they don’t find it in a couple months, a letter will go to a museum so they can have it.
The book is made to look like Duncan’s journal. He sketches, writes out his thoughts, and pasts pictures in it. There’s little flaps to open, and envelopes to rifle through. Unfortunately, my copy came from the library so all of these extra items weren’t there. This takes a lot out of the book, and I think is one of the main reasons I couldn’t enjoy it more.
There is a lot of information in this book about ships and scuba diving. I found it all very interesting though I have to admit to getting bored after a while. And some of the text is so tiny that I had a hard time reading it.
So while I did think a lot of the book was cool especially with the beautiful pictures that covered every page, I did not enjoy this book. Honestly, I have no idea how the book ended. I don’t know if it was in the extra pages I was missing or what. While that isn’t the books fault, I did find all the knowledge and extra bits tedious around the halfway mark. Since this is a children’s book, I wonder how well a child could get through this if I can’t.