Synopses & Reviews
A nomad fashion's a home thats meant to be built and rebuilt. A family tears down an old house and erects a new one in its place. Even the Eiffel Tower wasnt meant to be anything more than temporary. As humans, we dont always build things to endure the test of time. Built to Last brings together the award-winning author and artist David Macaulays creative, exacting thinking about buildings and designs that were crafted with a strength of structure and purpose that defy the everyday: Castle, Cathedral, and Mosque. This gorgeous volume includes newly researched information about each building and how it was built. And, for the first time ever, the Caldecott Honor-winning Castle and Cathedral appear in full color—with stunning new drawings that enrich the readers understanding of these structures, and capture intriguing new perspectives and details. Just as the buildings themselves were created to last, our interest in the structures themselves, the people who created them, and the purposes for which they were made endures as well. This impeccably researched volume—a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in architecture—celebrates this spirit of endurance and serves as a reminder that building well and leaving something of consequence behind, whether a building, a design, or an idea, is still of the utmost importance.
"No mere colorization of the black-and-white originals of the first two books [Castle and Cathedral](thank goodness!), the all-new, often breathtaking images have been drawn by hand and then digitally colored to harmonize, beautifully, with the look of Mosque."and#8212;Kirkus, starred reviewand#160;
"Hold onto your old copies; but add this new version, too. All have much to offer, and comparison is fascinating: illustration, bookmaking, and communication continue to evolve."and#8212;The Horn Book, starred review
"Though most libraries wonand#8217;t want to discard their copies of Cathedral and Castle, the new color artwork and updated content give this three-books-in-one volume high value and strong appeal."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for The Way We Work
"To his many fans, David Macaulay is nothing less than America's Explainer-in-Chief"and#8212;The Providence Journaland#160;
"Humor thus occasionally leavens the information, which, though often complex and technical, is clearly and succinctly presented in double-page spreads, accompanied by an illuminating array of illustrations (including diagrams and cross-sections), often full of visual metaphors and striking angles. Nonfiction (reference books, in particular) rarely seems to get the respect it deserves, but Macaulayand#8217;s latest ambitious, encyclopedic work commands it."and#8212;The Horn Book, starred review ". . . the accuracy, detail and depth of information make this an essential addition to most collections."and#8212;Kirkus Reviewsand#160;
"The wonder that is David Macaulay is at it again....The work of this Caldecott medal winner and recipient of the McArthur grant is always a must-have in any library."and#8212;VOYA (5Q4P), highlighted reviewand#160;
Praise for Mosque
"Macaulay offers an unusual, inspiring perspective into Islamic society that's removed from the charged headlines, and as in all his work, he conveys a contagious awe and wonder at the design and engineering feats that societies have accomplished." and#8212;Booklist, starred review
and#8220;Levy offers nontechnical but detailed explanations for a wide range ofand#8230;natural phenomenaand#8230;there is plenty here to satisfy casual interests and spark new ones.and#8221; and#8212;Booklist and#160; and#8220;Packed with detail and brimming with trivia.and#8221; and#8212;Kirkus Reviews and#160; "Well-researched and clearly written. . . and#160;this book provides a fascinating initiation into science. . .and#160;. adultsand#8212;most of whom have forgotten so much from their years in schooland#8212;will also enjoy this engaging book, whether they read an essay or two whilst riding the subway or if they end up reading the entire book in one sitting." and#8212; The Guardian and#160;
This new bookand#8212;inspired by three classic, award-winning booksand#8212;reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created. Macaulay has revised texts based on new research, created gorgeous new drawings, in some cases wholly re-imagined scenes from the booksand#8212;bringing Castle and Cathedral to life in full-color for the very first time. The resulting illustrations add to the readerand#8217;s understanding of these buildings, capturing intriguing new perspectives and a depth of detail in structure and atmosphere.
This impeccably researched volume is not only a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any David Macaulay or architecture fan, but will delight readers of all ages who are experiencing his work for the first time.
This new book by a Caldecott Medalist--inspired by three classic, award-winning books--reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created. Full color.
Why? Answers toand#160;Everyday Scientificand#160;Questions gets to grips with concepts that appear simple and straightforward, but which most people, when asked, really canand#8217;t explain. Whyand#160;is the skyand#160;blue? Why is water wet? Why do we need sleep? Why are there 24 hours in a day? For each question, author Joel Levy provides a simple, single line answer followed by more in-depth information about the scientific background on these essential topics. The book spans physics, biology, chemistry, geology, geography, meteorology, paleontology and planetary science and#8211; allowing readers to wow friends and family alike with pithy answers to the obvious questions they never thought to ask.
About the Author
David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.