Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess


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"Not many, if any, children’s books on the Middle Ages and castles contain the wealth of information found in this fresh, appealing offering." — School Library Journal (starred review)

What was it really like to live in a castle? Step back to the Middle Ages with Castle Diary: the Journal of Tobias Burgess. Eleven-year-old Toby’s vivid diary entries offer an insider’s view of day-to-day castle life, including tips on etiquette (where do you spit at a feast?) and exciting descriptions of hunting, jousting, and harvesting. Complete with glossary, index, and detailed endnotes, this is a rich look at medieval life that informs as much as it entertains.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763621643
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/15/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 94,815
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

RICHARD PLATT is an avid fan of castles and the author of many innovative and best-selling books for children, including CROSS SECTIONS: CASTLE, illustrated by Stephen Biesty.

Chris Riddell is one of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators in the United Kingdom. In addition to his skill as an illustrator, he brings to CASTLE DIARY a wicked sense of humor, perhaps the result of his years as a political cartoonist.

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Castle Diary : The Journal of Tobias Burgess 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book a boy named Toby goes to his uncle¿s castle to learn the skills of a page. I learned about how things were done around a castle in 1285. My favorite part was when Mark taught Toby how to walk on sticks because Toby kept on falling. My favorite character was the uncle because he did the jousts. The illustrations were really detailed so that you could see what the characters look like and the castle too. I recommend this to kids who like to study the past.
cmullenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book illustrates what life was like in the 13th century if you lived in a castle. After Tobias (Toby) Burgess is sent to live with his uncle he starts to keep a journal of his daily life. He records everything during his life as a page in the medieval castle. He talks about tournaments, cooking, cleaning toilets, and much more. It is full of his accomplishments and set backs. I read this book with one of my classes at school. They loved the unusual set up of the book. It is written as a journal so it was easy to use in small blocks of time. We rotated through the class reading all of the journal entries. We had a lot of fun with this book. I would use this to emphasize story elements such as main character, setting, point of view, and so on. I could also use other subject areas during different point of the story. I could introduce or emphasize the water cycle during the time Toby is talking about lack of rain. I would show the children a map a of Europe and some of the main bodies of water around it. Last but not lease they could design and build a castle using shoe boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel and toilet paper roles.