Castle Paperback – Oct 25 1982
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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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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!
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.
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.
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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I highly recommend any book by David Macaulay. Both children and adults will be captivated by the wonderful drawings.Published on Aug. 13 2003
This book is great! It taught me a lot about castles. It has great pictures, and a superb storyline. It will always remain one of my favorite books!Published on March 9 1999
This book is a must get for information on castles! It made everything clear about castles!Published on March 9 1999
I read this book when I was about twelve and fell in love with it. It wasn't only the pictures that captured my imagination, but also the story. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I received this book as a gift when I was 13 and it remained a cherished favorite of mine for years. I now 'read' the same copy to my 3 year old who loves the pictures. Read morePublished on Dec 2 1997