Castle

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The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town.

Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical"...

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Overview

The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town.

Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical" castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales.

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"What David Macaulay can draw—churches, cities, pyramids—he does better than any pen-and-ink illustrator in the world. Castle once again goes through a brick-by-brick assembly, employing cross-hatches and thin black lines to evoke a medieval place and period." Time Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395257845
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1977
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 542,583
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given 'to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.' Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Artistic and intresting

    This is a great book, but it has a few difficulties on my nook. I have a nook simple touch, so it may be different for other nook users. Still, its a great read and worth the money!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Great book

    You have a ZIT

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    Genius is simplicity

    If that's true, then Macaulay surely qualifies as one. His ability to present a potentially complicated subject in a simple manner is remarkable. If you were a kid who dreamt of storming the castle or being Ivanhoe or Prince Valiant, "Castle" will fascinate. Get it for the little, or big, engineer in your life.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    A reviewer

    Great book for children. I don't recommend it for adults. Lacks technical information.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Mary

    Mary kare mefford from hollister mo.... hi dont worry its me...sydney:)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Saphire~note~

    Idk how i found this place but i like it Amanda ima check it out... u will find more notes

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Ariel and Leo

    She nodded and woke up Leo. Wjo looked around drowsily and practiced walking before Ariel helped him to gah.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Dalton

    No tantrums:)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    helpful resource in studying Middle Ages

    This is the fourth book in David Macaulay's series of how things in history were built. In both text and detailed drawings, the author describes the planning and construction of a typical castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales. In 1283, Kevin le Strange was named Lord of Aberwyvern in Wales by King Edward I of England. While Lord Kevin's castle is imaginary, its concept, structural process, and physical appearance are all based on several castles that were built to aid in the English conquest of Wales between 1277 and 1305. The town of Aberwyvern is also imaginary but is drawn from descriptions of towns founded in conjunction with castles in Wales during that time. Anyone who enjoys learning about the Middle Ages will like this book. The description is sometimes technical but is written so that young children can become familiar with the terms, and the marvellous illustrations are very helpful in visualizing what is being done. From the choice of location, through the building of the walls and the inner ward, to the completion of the castle and the establishment of the surrounding town, the reader will follow, step by step, Master Engineer James of Babbington and all his workers in their labors. The story ends with a visit from King Edward, followed by an attack from the Welsh under Prince Daffyd of Gwynedd whose defeat leads to the decision by the Welsh to end their resistence, although the complete 'conquest' did not occur until 200 years after Edward's death. This book won a 1978 Caldecott Honor award.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    KITCHENS

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Disney fanclub

    Met here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    H!

    The lion king is my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Disney fan

    Which is better: disneyland or disney world? - Clarity ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Silena

    Yep

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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