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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Oct. 25 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395329205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395329207
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine yourself in 13th-century England. King Edward I has just named the fictitious Kevin le Strange to be the Lord of Aberwyvern--"a rich but rebellious area of Northwest Wales." Lord Kevin's first task is to oversee the construction of a strategically placed castle and town in order to assure that England can "dominate the Welsh once and for all." And a story is born! In the Caldecott Honor Book Castle, David Macaulay--author, illustrator, former architect and teacher--sets his sights on the creation and destiny of Lord Kevin's magnificent castle perched on a bluff overlooking the sea. Brick by brick, tool by tool, worker by worker, we witness the methodical construction of a castle through exquisitely detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. Children who love to know how things work especially appreciate Macaulay's passion for process and engineering. Moats, arrow loops, plumbing, dungeons, and weaponry are all explained in satisfying detail. This talented author also has a keen sense of irony and tragedy, which is played out in the intricacies of the human story: a castle can be built as a fortress, but ultimately it becomes obsolete when humans discover that cooperation works best. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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    "Clearly labeled diagrams; a detailed, complete, and informative glossary; and the use of full-color spreads to bring the buildings and their inhabitants or parishioners to like make these excellent additions."
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    "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


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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maximillian Ben Hanan on July 9 2000
    Format: Hardcover
    "Castle" by David Macaulay is the definitive illustrated book about castles!
    As a fouth-grade young boy, I checked this book out of the library every week for well over a year until my local librarians bought me this book for Chanukkah! It is still on my shelves as an adult. I find it a masterpiece of interesting, quick reading coupled with Macaulay's well-acclaimed and wonderful illustrations. Macaulay's wonderful illustrations show pictorially exactly how a castle was built in stages, who did the work from the master architect to the most common laborer, how the castle functioned in war along with the troops that manned it, and even how the castle could be used as an economic and political bastion against enemies. I also want to add that Macaulay allowed PBS to make an animated TV special of his book around the 1980's that can still be found if one looks.
    I named my childhood pet fish after the characters in this book. While my review of this book is most definitely fanatical, I cannot emphasize enough how charming this book really is. It's the pinnacle of fun castle books for a castle enthusiast, child or adult!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird on Dec 21 2003
    Format: Paperback
    In this book, text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical" castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales. Macaulay recently added the title "Mosque" to his series of large constructions such as "Castle" or "Pyramid". It is nice to see the man being so prolific. This book would appeal to the child who likes to know exactly how things are created. Going step by step, Macaulay explains each leg in the process of creating a castle. More importantly, with each construction the author goes even further, explaining the purpose of that piece. The reader never looses sight of the fact that castles were both antagonistic and defensive. Children today that have seen the Lord of the Rings movies might be very interested in knowing more about the construction of these structures and how difficult they were to defeat. Macaulay's drawings are just as interesting as his text. Pencil drawings label and list every tool, brick, and worker. Undoubtedly, this is not a book for everyone and it would not be much use beyond serving as a reference guide for interested students. However, should a teacher wish to bring it up, they might wish to show the video Macaulay narrated of this book. Also, it might go well with Avi's "Crispin: The Cross of Lead", as a look at a castle from a peasant's point of view.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Sean McLaughlin on Sept. 9 2002
    Format: Paperback
    This is a simple yet fascinating book that explores in words and in drawings the construction of an English castle. The book follows a castle's construction from the initial ground work to the finishing touches and includes fascinating details about the inner workings of castle-building and the life in and around a castle.
    MacAuley is a gifted author, capable of explaining basic engineering and building techniques in language accessible to young readers. Even adults will learn something new about how castles were built and the day-to-day living experiences within the environs of a castle. What makes this book so special are, of course, MacAuley's superb drawings. Every page is richly decorated with MacAuley's detailed, hand-drawn, black-and-white sketches. Even as an adult, I find it amazing to look at these drawings and it is no surprise that children find these drawings simply riveting.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Sean McLaughlin on Sept. 9 2002
    Format: Paperback
    This is a simple yet fascinating book that explores in words and in drawings the construction of an English castle. The book follows a castle's construction from the initial ground work to the finishing touches and includes fascinating details about the inner workings of castle-building and the life in and around a castle.
    MacAulay is a gifted author, capable of explaining basic engineering and building techniques in language accessible to young readers. Even adults will learn something new about how castles were built and the day-to-day living experiences within the environs of a castle. What makes this book so special are, of course, MacAulay's superb drawings. Every page is richly decorated with MacAulay's detailed, hand-drawn, black-and-white sketches. Even as an adult, I find it amazing to look at these drawings and it is no surprise that children find these drawings simply riveting.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on Feb. 2 2002
    Format: Paperback
    David MacAuley's fine drawings provide children as young as six with opportunities to explore engineering and architecture in an historical setting. The laws of gravity have not changed yet technology has and the ingenuity of generations passed is illustrated with considerable care. There is much for an adult to learn in partnership with the child reader. My son has kept this book on his own shelves for the last ten years and I have to get permission to borrow it! "City" and "Cathedral" are equally compelling and each provides a link into related literature e.g. "Castle" takes you to Tintagel.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Kissimmee on Dec 23 2001
    Format: Paperback
    This book covers the planning, construction, & defending of a 'typical' castle of England in the middle ages. The author chose to write/draw about an immaginary castle for 'Lord Kevin'. It also tells a little about life in a castle.
    It is all black & white hand drawings/sketches. Nicely done. At times you can almost tell the artist has a sense of humor. It is obviously written for children, but adults can learn from it as well. It is a good study for castles by showing cross-sections.
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