Books by Stephen Biesty

EMERGENCY VEHICLES by Rod Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2015

"A pleaser for fans of big rigs and disaster scenarios alike. (Informational novelty. 5-7)"
An international gallery of air, sea, and land firefighting and rescue vehicles, with hinged flaps offering peeks inside each. Read full book review >
GIANT VEHICLES by Rod Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A gallery of gargantuan delights guaranteed to leave young fans of mountainous machinery panting with pleasure. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Eight real-life big "dogs"—some of which make the monsters of myth and movie look like Chihuahuas. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF BUILDINGS by Patrick Dillon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 11, 2014

"Broad of historical (if not international) scope and with illustrations that richly reward poring over—but unfocused. (index, timeline) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Biesty's precisely drawn, finely detailed architectural views supply the highlights for this unfocused survey of homes and prominent buildings through the ages. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"An altogether agreeable package for armchair explorers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Biesty's trademark amusing, informatively detailed illustrations are a highlight of this entertaining examination of several voyages of exploration. Read full book review >
GOLD QUEST by Meredith Hooper
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There's plenty of food for thought here about permanence and change; young historians will enjoy the metal's long trip, and will come away understanding that it's never over. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Viewing human history from an unusual angle, Hooper and Biesty follow a scrap of gold as it passes through many forms and hands over thousands of years. Read full book review >
EGYPT by Stewart Ross
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not the most systematic way to learn about ancient Egypt at its height, but a compelling journey for visual learners and armchair travelers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Populating his huge scenes with enough tiny figures to fill several ancient cities, Biesty takes a lad and his merchant father down the Nile during the reign of Ramses II, pausing for tours of Amun-Ra's temple at Karnak, the Valley of Kings and other prominent spots, culminating in a royal audience at the great palace at Piramesse in the Nile delta. Read full book review >
STEPHEN BIESTY’S CASTLES by Meredith Hooper
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2004

"Fine fare for young armchair travelers, who would otherwise never get a gander at Osaka Castle, Neuschwanstein, and Castel Sant' Angelo in their prime. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Ten castles, including two that are not European, get the Biesty treatment, with full-spread, minutely detailed aerial views featuring cutaway sections and antlike swarms of residents. Read full book review >
STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE EXPLOSIONS by Richard Platt
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"A fun-filled ride and fact-packed frolic for the whole family. (index) (Picture book. 6+)"
Once again, this team (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle, 1994, etc.) invite readers on a fabulous tour that leads from an ``exploded'' view of the human body (all anatomy, skin, clothes, and accessories clearly visible in systematic drawings in which the mustache hovers in front of skin, the skin hovers in front of muscle and bone, etc.), through the geology of the Grand Canyon, and up into the proposed US-Soviet space station. Read full book review >
STEPHEN BIESTY'S CROSS-SECTIONS: CASTLE by Richard Platt
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Technically a gem, but not nearly as satisfying as Macaulay's Castle. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8+)"
Another Biesty marvel, the pages thronging with detail and color, bursting at the seams from all the information per square inch, and filled with wonderful oddities secreted in the illustrations (don't miss the prisoner left to rot in the fittingly named ``forget-me-not''). Read full book review >
MAN-OF-WAR by Richard Platt
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the wake of Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections (1992) comes this big, magnificently designed browsers' delight, first (or second?) of a series. Read full book review >
STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTIONS by Richard Platt
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-80+)"
Biesty, who specializes in historical and architectural cutaway drawings, dissects 18 buildings, vehicles, etc. (castle to space shuttle), to show their veins, sinews, and bones. Read full book review >