Search Results: "Stephen Biesty"


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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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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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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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STEPHEN BIESTY’S CASTLES by Meredith Hooper
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE STORY OF BUILDINGS by Patrick Dillon
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

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GIANT VEHICLES by Rod Green
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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GOLD QUEST by Meredith Hooper
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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STEPHEN HAWKING by Kitty Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A fascinating portrait of a complex figure who ponders the place of man and God in the universe and who still loves the 'Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.'"
Ferguson (Pythagoras, 2010, etc.) brilliantly updates her 1991 children's biography of Stephen Hawking for an adult audience. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"B&w photos; graphs and diagrams; full source notes; bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 13+)"
Hawking is both a scientific superstar and a man widely admired for overcoming—indeed, all but ignoring—the degenerative muscular disease ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), which has robbed him of almost all movement but left his mind intact. Read full book review >