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.
About the Author
A critically acclaimed illustrator, David Macaulay has created more than twenty books for children, among them Built to Last, Castle (a Caldecott Honor book), Cathedral, Black and White (a Caldecott Medal winner), The Way We Work, and The Way Things Work (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner). David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.
What People are Saying About This
* "No mere colorization of the black-and-white originals of the first two books [Castle and Cathedral](thank goodness!), the all-new, often breathtaking images have been drawn by hand and then digitally colored."—Kirkus, starred review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Macaulay's original "Castle" was named a 1978 Caldecott Honor medal winner and detailed the building of a castle in Wales in the late 1200s; this colorized edition is a worthy revision. Looking at the books side by side, the changes are not just in the application of color but also in the details of the illustrations. The first page previously showed a sailing ship under full sail, travelling on a fairly calm sea; the new edition includes dark clouds, whitecaps on larger waves, and a crew member getting sick over the side of the boat. The color illustrations seem to show more detail, as in the page about the gatehouses and the numerous ways their openings could be blocked from intruders and the fine illustration of how a drawbridge works. The text has been changed a bit as well; it is less "wordy" and more to the point. The book concludes with a glossary. Well done!