Search Results: "David Macaulay"


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 >

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THE WAY THINGS WORK NOW by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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ANGELO by David Macaulay
ANIMALS
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 >

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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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BUILT TO LAST by David Macaulay
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
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 >

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MILL by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
illustrated by David Macaulay
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
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 >

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MOSQUE by David Macaulay
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
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 >

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ROME ANTICS by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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HOW MACHINES WORK by David Macaulay
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CASTLE by David Macaulay
Kirkus Star
illustrated by David Macaulay
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
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 >

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UNDERGROUND by David Macaulay
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
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 >

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BLACK AND WHITE by David Macaulay
FICTION
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 >