Books by Bo Zaunders

Released: Nov. 1, 2004

Introductions to renowned buildings usually focus on their construction; Zaunders looks instead to their uniformly brilliant, ambitious, strong-minded architects. His seven choices include such usual suspects as Eiffel, "Pippo" Brunelleschi, and the Brooklyn Bridge's Roeblings—but also lesser-known but no less bright lights: Mimar Koca Sinan, chief architect of the Ottoman Empire; Brazil's hallowed, horribly disfigured Lisboa; the irrepressible Antonio Gaudi; and finally William Van Alen, whose Chrysler Building will always be Art Deco's greatest monument. As in her "Inside Outside" series, Munro's illustrations are themselves marvels—mostly partial rather than full views that, drawn with a controlled but fluid line, accurately depict details but also capture a vivid sense of each structure's light, space, and feeling. Zaunders tucks an occasional nugget of biographical information into his accounts, but he's more absorbed by his subjects' spirit, characters, and accomplishments. Readers will be, too. (Nonfiction. 8-10)Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

In this terrific salute to those who fulfilled that eternal human urge to take to the skies, Zaunders skips the Wright Brothers and Earhart in favor of some lesser-known pioneers of the air. There's the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot-air balloon in the 18th century and flew in it for Louis XVI; Alberto Santos-Dumont, whose European aircraft was called the Infuriated Grasshopper in 1906; and Beryl Markham, who flew "west with the night" from Abingdon, England, to Newfoundland. Readers learn from the introduction that John Damian, an Italian in 16th-century Scotland, tried to fly with wings made of chicken feathers, and that Cal Rogers, who flew across the US first, named his plane the Vin Fiz after the grape drink of the company that sponsored him. The prose is as lively and spirited as the characters—what child won't be enchanted by the story of Wrong-Way Corrigan?—and Munro's energetic and spiffily detailed images are just right. (Collective biography. 8-12)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Treacherous terrain and hostile environments were everyday fare for the 19th-century and early 20th-century global explorer-adventurers the husband-and-wife author and illustrator present in these pages. Life and limb were always at stake, but these gutsy, persevering men and women—among them Charles Waterton, Richard Burton, and Mary Kingsley—overcame fear, danger, and almost insurmountable obstacles to answer the call. August AndrÇe set out to be the first to travel across the North Pole in a balloon, Ernest Shackleford wanted to be the first to make an overland crossing of the Antarctic, and Annie Smith Peck was the third woman to climb the Matterhorn (and the first to make the climb in pants). Others, in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, traveled "for travel's sake": Dervla Murphy wanted to see the world, while Antoine de Saint-ExupÇry wished to quench the "thirst to fly." Running from three to five pages each, the vignettes offer snapshot-sized, near-death moments from the adventurers' travels, then backpedal to include childhood events and other background. The same detailed pen-and-ink drawings that skillfully reveal perspectives in Munro's Inside Outside books deftly capture the travels of these hardy souls, from the Arctic to the Sahara. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12) Read full book review >