by David Macaulay


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395329207
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/25/1982
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 103,332
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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"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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Castle 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Major_Kelly More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for children. I don't recommend it for adults. Lacks technical information.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Used to read this to my little brother. He loved it because his name is Keven
Harrod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this guys work
ianracey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Castle is a children's picture book--but it's a children's picture book that was good enough to get made into a History Channel documentary. It was a runner up for the Caldecott Medal, the most prestigious award given annually for the best illustration of a children's book.Castle details the construction of a castle at the fictional North Welsh town of Aberwyvern as part of King Edward I's famous strategy of cementing his conquest of Wales by building a series of massive, impregnable castles throughout the strategic points of the Welsh countryside, supported by colonies of English artisans planted within their walls.Castle's story is told through beautiful, crisp pencil drawings and cutaway diagrams, and through text that, while easily understandable to its intended audience, does not talk down to children in any way and therefore remains succinct and informative to adult readers. From the initial selection of the river headland on which the castle is to be built, we follow the early stages of the construction of the keep, the arrival of the English colonists, the building of the town wall extending out from the keep to enclose the small town the colonists build in the keep's shadow and protect it from the hostile native Welsh, the castle and town's trial by fire as it must withstand a siege from a rebellious Welsh prince, and, eventually, Aberwyvern's fate as a bustling market town in mediaeval Wales, where Welsh and English both pass freely through the town gates, by which time the castle has fallen into disuse and is used as a quarry by townsmen seeking to build sturdier houses and shops.It's often said that the best way for someone who's curious about a particular historical time period to learn about it is to get a children's book on the period--a good children's book will give you a clear, concise overview, explaining the basics and showing you enough that you'll know what areas you want to research more. When people give you that advice, Castle is the sort of children's book they're talking about.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A step by step view of a castle being erected with amazingly detailed illustrations showing everything from turrets to toilets.Children's InformationalI remember this book from my own childhood. Macaulay's series of architectural books, with their rich facts and exquisite drawings hold up now, 20 years later. It's just so engaing to follow the process and see all the extra details.I feel like Macaulay's books are a must have for every classroom. He does what no one else does and takes a history of building and makes it technical and accessible. There is so much to learn here.
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The text in this book is interesting, but it is the detailed illustrations that hold my attention. For children interested in architecture or history or what life used to be like or drawing or...lots of other things, this book would be a good friend.
gryphondear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully detailed line drawings with explanations of why castle builders designed their buildings that way. Not just for children. A resource for architectural afficianado, historical novelist and/or D&D gamer.
cleverusername2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I reread this book after nearly ten years; it remains a brilliant educational and entertaining book. Macaulay once more uses his plot device of describing a fictional edifice, this being a kind of Platonic ideal of the Crusader-era medieval castle, framed within proper historical conflict of England¿s conquest of Wales in the Thirteenth Century. We see the castle itself, the city walls, and a thriving town rise from it¿s foundations in these pages with delightful and realistic illustrations. Young readers will enjoy learning how much effort and difficulty goes into the construction, and the details of how it¿s inhabitants lived and how the fortress is defended.If I could find one complaint it is how he speaks of the conflict in rather glossy terms, describing the inevitable way the welsh will mix with the English and how both will benefit from the stability the castle and it¿s new associated town provide. Reality is far bloodier, but he does do us the favor of depicting the violence of welsh revolts in an exciting way that will draw in young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The animated film is excellent as well.
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