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An intimate guide to the inside of a castle and the lives of its residents, this Stephen Biesty classic details the workings of a medieval fortress.
With intricately detailed cross-sections, each layer of a castle is presented, so readers can explore layer upon layer of castle life including the people, their possessions, and how they lived, as well as how they defended themselves from enemy attacks and settled down for an evening of entertainment. Each time readers turn the page, they'll discover new details, making this the ultimate "insider's guide" to the structure of a castle and the lives of its inhabitants.
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Stephen Biesty is an award-winning illustrator best known for his works Cross Section Castle, Cross Section Man-of-War, Giant Vehicles, Emergency Vehicles, and Castles. He is the recipient of the 1993 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year and the 2004 UK Literacy Association Book Award.
What People are Saying About This
"Fit for a king…Biesty brings a jeweler's eye to his seemingly infinitely detailed illustrations." – Publishers Weekly
"Another browsing item extraordinaire… The wordless opening and closing spreads are alone worth the price of the book." – School Library Journal
"Another Biesty marvel…technically a gem." – Kirkus Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book gives you a good feel for castle construction and the activities carried out in day-to-day living. There are several non-annotated color plates showing the multiple stages of a seige, but most pages are packed full of cutaway drawings with descriptive notes. The pictures are highly detailed, but the most of the illustrations are small due to the scale of the image. Many interesting items of trivia not commonly known are covered in this book. For example- a blob of beeswax was placed on the tip of a crossbow quarrel to aid in penetrating armor, and the unfortunate person who cleaned out the latrine was called a "gong farmer". Some disturbing aspects of castle living are covered, e.g. torture, execution, bloodletting- but the small size of the pictures helps minimize the impact of the gruesome content. Overall it's a very entertaining and informative book that will require multiple readings in order to find all the details.