Search Results: "Richard Platt"


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THROUGH TIME: NEW YORK CITY by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Not a guide that will be particularly useful to tourists but an adequate introduction for general interests. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
The level of information in Platt's narrative may be superficial, but the large trim size, cutaways of Ellis Island and other landmarks and intricate aerial views of Manhattan in this Through Time series entry capture a sense of the scale and bustling energy of "the city that never sleeps." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"The cheeky title and breadth of coverage give this an immediate appeal that is also likely to be ephemeral. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Not even close to nearly complete, this oversized browsers' book nevertheless presents a huge smorgasbord of human invention, with histories of the earth and of life as hors d'oeuvres. Read full book review >

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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 >

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EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"2005). (Fiction. 9-11)"
Platt takes readers back more than 1,500 years, for a look at ancient Egyptian life from the point of view of a young scribe-in-training. Read full book review >

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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 >

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MOON LANDING by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"A shame. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
One might think that a pop-up would be the perfect vehicle for a book about Apollo 11—but Columbia this ain't. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"Platt chirps, with no cautionary notes—the genetic engineering of plants goes uncontested, livestock farms warrant ungarnished accolades. (diagrams, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Platt (Stephen Biesty's Incredible Explosions, 1996, etc.) doesn't really explain inventions here, as David Macaulay did in The Way Things Work (1988); rather, he makes note of them and their time frame and how they benefitted humans. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTIONS by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Readers overwhelmed by the teeming scenes in Stephen Biesty's Rome in Spectacular Cross-Section (2003, written by Andrew Solway) will enjoy this lighter-weight journey into the past. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Oversized pages well-stocked with Parker's graceful women and burly, plain-featured men, this latest entry in Platt's Diary series brings second-century CE Rome to bustling life. Read full book review >

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THE APARTMENT BOOK by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"It's a unique and engaging entertainment, with no sign of Waldo anywhere. (Picture book. 7-11)"
Cross sections of a bustling, five-story apartment house at different times of the day appear in huge spreads that require readers to turn the book sideways; ``A Tour of the Old House'' and ``Who's Who in the Old House'' set up the real action. Read full book review >

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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 >

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STAR GAZER by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The result should please most horse-crazy middle-school girls, all of whom dream of the day when they attend a horse auction with money in their hands—but next time, please, can we have a different plot? (Fiction. 8-12)"
Unlikely child and abandoned equine persevere to show-ring success. Read full book review >