Books by David Macaulay

Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Necessary for every library, personal or otherwise. (index) (Reference. 11-15)"
As fresh and funny as ever, a classic compendium of physics in action gets a light but needed makeover. Read full book review >
HOW MACHINES WORK by David Macaulay
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"'So clever!' murmurs the elephant shrew, admiring himself in a mirror. No argument here. (glossary, some unattached pieces) (Pop-up fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 7-9)"
A pair of would-be escapees discovers the uses and misuses of simple machines in this slapstick STEMwinder. Read full book review >
TOILET by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Even readers who received fastidious toilet training and admonitions against potty humor will let down their guard and find this book both informative and entertaining. (glossary, resources, index, author's notes) (Informational early reader. 7 & up)"
A perfect blend of humor and clarity—in text and in artwork—explains the anatomy of human waste, the mechanics of a flush toilet and the subsequent treatment of waste in septic and sewer systems. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"And will a young scholar read it again and look for more? You bet—it's great fuel for the imagination. (Nonfiction early reader. 4-8)"
Hooray for the launch of a new nonfiction series for newly fledged readers! Read full book review >
BUILT TO LAST by David Macaulay
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Take a moment to mourn the originals, then celebrate this entirely worthy revision. (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
Significantly updating the Caldecott Honor-winning Castle (1977) and Cathedral (1973) with new text and full-color illustrations, this hefty volume combines them with a very lightly revised Mosque (2003) for a three-in-one architectural spree. Read full book review >
THE WAY WE WORK by David Macaulay
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Though it's an unlikely choice for a little light reading, the accuracy, detail and depth of information make this an essential addition to most collections. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
In the same style as The Way Things Work (1988), lively, vivid colored-pencil illustrations accompany a very detailed text explaining the design and function of the human body. Read full book review >
MOSQUE by David Macaulay
Released: Oct. 27, 2003

"Magnificent. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Taking its place proudly among such other monuments of world civilization as Cathedral, Pyramid, and Castle is the subject of Macaulay's newest architectural exploration. Read full book review >
ANGELO by David Macaulay
Released: April 30, 2002

Macaulay (Building Big, not reviewed, etc.), master of multiple perspectives, takes a tender turn in his latest work, set upon the stucco of a venerable old church. Read full book review >
ROME ANTICS by David Macaulay
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In it, Macaulay confirms that his is not a profession, nor an obsession, but a love affair of sketching and architecture. (Picture book. 7-11)"
In another of his explorations of the traversal between A and B (Shortcut, 1995, and a detour: Why the Chicken Crossed the Road, 1987), Macaulay takes the scenic route and concludes, perhaps, that all roads really do lead to Rome. Read full book review >
SHORTCUT by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Fiercely provocative, but mostly funny. (Picture book. 6+)"
Nine chapters, a few sentences each, and an epilogue, all part of interweaving stories. Read full book review >
SHIP by David Macaulay
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Less vivid and narrower in scope than much of Macaulay's work, then, but still engaging. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Two narratives—one set in the 20th century, the other early in the 16th—tell the story of the Spanish caravel Magdalena, built to explore the Indies, that foundered and sank off the coast of South America; and of the marine archaeologists who uncover its remains and reconstruct the tragedy. Read full book review >
BLACK AND WHITE by David Macaulay
Released: April 1, 1990

"The journey here holds some interest, but the story concealed within the stories is hardly worth the effort."
Warning that the stories here "do not necessarily occur at the same time" and that they may prove to be "only one story," the endlessly inventive Macaulay challenges readers to unravel an intricate puzzle in the form of four stories—simultaneously presented in the four quadrants of each double spread. Read full book review >
THE WAY THINGS WORK by David Macaulay
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"A brief history of technology is included."
An astonishing tour-de-force, three years in the making, by the architect-turned-author who has given us Cathedral and City. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 28, 1987

"Add this to the growing collection of picture books with a lot to offer older, slower readers."
Not so much "Why?" as "What resulted?" Read full book review >
MILL by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
illustrated by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 26, 1983

"Evocative, instructive, and beckoning: you will want to have a close look at one of those mills."
Macaulay's latest construct hasn't the universal, all-ages allure of Cathedral or Pyramid, nor the satirical reach of Unbuilding—but his Rhode Island mill town, "Wick-bridge," is an industrial historian's Middle-Earth: from the gear alignment of the water wheels to the diary-entries of mill-owner "Zachariah Plimpton"; from the 1810 formation of a partnership "for the purpose of building and operating a cotton mill" to a real-estate developer's plan, in 1974, to "convert the building into apartments and condominiums." Read full book review >
CASTLE by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
illustrated by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"The factually-minded and fantasizers will find equal reward here."
Everything you've always wanted to know about how a castle was defended—in a fusion of the organic and the technical that David Macaulay hasn't quite achieved before. Read full book review >
UNDERGROUND by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 29, 1976

"The perspective is mind boggling, and though we've seen parts of the picture elsewhere—in Kelly and Park's Tunnel Builders (p. 328, J-108), for example—Macaulay gives us a breathtaking and entirely original insight."
It's hard to imagine an artist better qualified to explore the maze of pipes, piles, and tunnels that lies Underground beneath a big city, and if this recreation lacks the utopian clarity of Macaulay's imaginary Cathedral (1973) and City (1974), there are compensating flashes of humor and playful solutions to the problem of illustrating what can't be seen. Read full book review >
PYRAMID by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
illustrated by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 10, 1975

"And of course Macaulay's drawings are enough to make the most ambitious doodler turn green with envy."
The mystery of the pyramids is solved before our eyes as Macaulay's minutely detailed free-hand sketches and cross-section diagrams follow the raising of layer after layer of stone blocks. Read full book review >
CITY by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 14, 1974

"There's an unobtrusive plug for planning — which allowed for orderly change as Verbonia's population grew, and the complexity and variety of the city adds a different sort of interest from that of Macaulay's Caldecott honor book."
The Roman city of Verbonia, like the subject of Macaulay's Cathedral (KR, 1973) is imaginary but typical, and as in Cathedral the author/artist follows its construction in a level, readable text and intriguing black and white drawings. Read full book review >
CATHEDRAL by David Macaulay
Released: Sept. 19, 1973

"However, browsers attracted by Macaulay's lovingly detailed inside, outside and off-site sketches will most likely be intrigued as well by the equally detailed text (right down to the winter coating of straw and dung to keep the new mortar from cracking) of his solidly based re-construction."
The relatively speedy 86-year construction of an imaginary Gothic cathedral, from the hiring of the Flemish architect and various master craftsmen to the installation of the bells, statues, and stained glass windows, is traced in workmanlike prose (from two to sixteen lines per oversized page) and black and white drawings that invite poring over. Read full book review >