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  1. The New Way Things Work
    The New Way Things Work
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1998 / Hardcover
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Did you know that the principle behind the zipper also governed the building of the pyramids? Discover concepts behind inventions and technologies in this visually entertaining reference book. Provides comprehensive coverage of the workings of hundreds of machines and devices - holograms, airplanes, compact discs, cash machines, and much more. Grade level 3+.

  1. The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body
    The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2008 / Hardcover
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This detailed-oriented book by David Macaulay could practically serve as a biology-textbook! Moving from cells, atoms and molecules all the way to birth, The Way We Work is a whirlwind tour through the most amazing machine of all--You! Often humorous colored-pencil illustrations provide an uncannily clear portrait of how ATP works, why muscles move, how molecules are formed, the systems of the body, and more. Using the biologically correct terms found in high school or college textbooks, students will receive an understanding of the human body in short, easy to digest segments accentuated by his trademark visual explanations. This book is perfect for keeping around the house as a gradual introduction to biology and anatomy; elementary students may be intrigued by the illustrations (though the text is advanced), while middle school and high school students should be able to gain a fantastic introduction to the subject. 336 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

  1. Built to Last
    Built to Last
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2010 / Hardcover
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This new book was inspired by three of David Macaulay's classic, award-winning books. Revealing the "how and why" behind some of the most fascinating structures humankind has ever created, Macaulay has revised texts based on new research, created gorgeous new drawings, in some cases wholly re-imagined scenes from the books-including bringing Castle and Cathedral to life in full-color for the very first time! The resulting illustrations add to the reader's understanding of these buildings, capturing intriguing new perspectives and a depth of detail in structure and atmosphere.This impeccably researched volume is not only a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any David Macaulay or architecture fan, but will delight readers of all ages. Grades 5 & up; 368 pages, hardcover.

  1. The David Macaulay Buildings Series, 4 Volumes
    The David Macaulay Buildings Series, 4 Volumes
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Trade Paperback
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Did you ever stop to wonder how people built the towering castles and cathedrals of Europe over 500 years ago---long before we'd invented bulldozers and cranes? What about the Egyptian pyramids? Or Roman aqueducts? You and your children will be amazed at the answers, displayed in the magnificent illustrations of Caldecott Medalist David Macaulay, author of The Way Things Work. 80--112 pages each, softcovers from Houghton-Mifflin.

  1. Pyramid, Paperback
    Pyramid, Paperback
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1982 / Trade Paperback
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Pyramid is David Macauley's third book, it is an impressive look at what many considered to be among the most awesome of man's creations. Although the pyramids, temples amd tombs in this book are imaginery, they are, however, based closely on several of the pyramids and remnants of temples still standing in Egypt. Even though pyramids failed to protect their burial chambers from robbers they succeeded in making their creators immortal. They stand as a tribute to those who skillfully erected them, leaving behind them, something that would last forever. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

  1. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction Revised Edition
    Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction Revised Edition
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2013 / Hardcover
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  1. Mill, Paperback
    Mill, Paperback
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1989 / Trade Paperback
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This book gives children information about the planning, construction, and operation of the mills of long ago. The mills of Wicksbridge are imaginary but are typical of those developed throughout New England during the Nineteenth Century. The large pages and detailed illustrations give children a better knowledge of the art of mill building. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

  1. Unbuilding
    Unbuilding
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1987 / Trade Paperback
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UNBUILDING revolves around the Empire State Building. It is a story which describes what it would be like if this extra- ordinary building was to be demolished.

  1. Underground
    Underground
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1983 / Trade Paperback
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David Macaulay takes the reader on an adventure through the support systems which lay beneath a busy city street in UNDERGROUND. With two and three dimensional pictures to guide you Macaulay explores the pipes, tunnels, cables and columns that lay beneath our city streets and explains how this whole network operates. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

  1. City: A Story Of Roman Planning and Construction, Paperback
    City: A Story Of Roman Planning and Construction, Paperback
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1983 / Trade Paperback
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The superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information that distinguish all of David Macaulay's books is nowhere more evident than in this marvelous creation of the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia. Through his impressively detailed drawings and clear descriptive text, Macaulay shows how superbly the Romans built new and exciting, yet functional, cities for the people who were to inhabit them. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

  1. City: A Story Of Roman Planning and Construction, Paperback
    City: A Story Of Roman Planning and Construction, Paperback
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1983 / Trade Paperback
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The superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information that distinguish all of David Macaulay's books is nowhere more evident than in this marvelous creation of the imaginary Roman city of Verbonia. Through his impressively detailed drawings and clear descriptive text, Macaulay shows how superbly the Romans built new and exciting, yet functional, cities for the people who were to inhabit them. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

  1. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Softcover
    Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Softcover
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1981 / Trade Paperback
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The Gothic cathedral is one of man's most magnificent expressions as well as one of his grandest architectural achievements. Built to the glory of God, each cathedral was created by the ingenuity, skill, and hard work of generations of dedicated people.

This richly illustrated book shows the intricate step-by-step process of a cathedral's growth. The plan is agreed on; the site is chosen; each craftsman's contribution is presented; his tools and materials are described. The details of the construction are graphically explained from the building of the foundation and the erection of the walls through the details of the flying buttresses, vaulting, and roofing, on to the completion of the towers and the casting of the bells.

The grandeur of the cathedral unfolds through the book until finally the reader shares with the townspeople of Chutreaux a sense of wonder at the power of their creation. Recommended for ages 9 and up. A 1974 Caldecott Honor book.

  1. Castle: Revised and in Full Color
    Castle: Revised and in Full Color
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2013 / Hardcover
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David Macaulay's Castle takes readers inside the architecture and culture of castles in his classic careful and meticulous style. This revised edition now features full-color art with delightful artistic details shining through each page, along with newly researched information. Following the step-by-step planning and construction of the fictional Lord Kevin's castle, architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, and medieval history lovers will marvel at the magnificent works of the past. 80 pages with glossary, hardcover with dust jacket.

  1. Shortcut
    Shortcut
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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Albert and his trusty mare June set off early on market day to sell their melons in town and return home before dark. Is this another insignificant day in the life of a farmer? Perhaps-but look again. This is a trip kids will want to take again and again.

  1. Black and White
    Black and White
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1990 / Hardcover
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This book appears to contain a number of stories that do not necessarily occur at the same time. But it may contain only one story. Then again, there may be four stories. Or four parts of a story. Careful inspection of both words and pictures is recommended.

There is a train. There is a boy returning to his parents. There are commuters waiting impatiently. There are some strange parents indeed. And there are the Holstein cows that, when they get out of their field, are almost impossible to find.

David Macaulay once again displays his conceptual genius. He has created an inventive book that can be appreciated on many different levels. The reader will be entertained and challenged by the intermingling of the episodes. The perceptive reader will be rewarded with new perspectives each time the book is explored. Recommended for ages 5 to 8. The 1991 Caldecott Medal winner.

  1. Motel of the Mysteries
    Motel of the Mysteries
    David Macaulay
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1979 / Trade Paperback
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In 1985, a cataclysmic disaster occurred. An accidental reduction in postal rates of 3rd & 4th class mail literally buried the North Americans under piles of brochures, fliers, and small containers marked "free." In less than a day, their civilization disappeared.

In 4022, the ground beneath Howard Carson's feet gave way, and he found himself standing at what could only be a tomb door. He realized he was on the threshold of history, as he would be the discoverer of the mysterious burial customs of the late twentieth-century North Americans. This is the story of his archaeological excavation, and the resulting museum collections of his finds (organized by the Department of Yank Antiquities).

For anyone who's been interested in archaeology, anthropology, or even just walked through a history museum or watched a television documentary, The Motel of the Mysteries will delight. Interpreting a toilet seat as the Sacred Collar, drawing & numbering the "priceless artifacts" in the "tomb" in exquisite scale, noting the "Great Alter" for communication with the gods MOVIEA and MOVIEB, and even including a special section on the museum gift shop souvenirs (including a solid crystal paperweight enclosing a reproduction of a Plant That Would Not Die, and a seven-coaster set based on the mosaic ceiling tiles with the precise water marks of the original, available handsomely boxed), The Motel of the Mysteries is a hysterical look at the methods of archaeological interpretation. 95 pages, softcover.