Curious Constructions

Curious Constructions

A Peculiar Portfolio of Fifty Fascinating Structures

Book - 2017
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"Curious about constructions? Inside this book, you'll come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures, including: a fire-breathing octopus sculpture; the skateboard ramp you'd need to jump the Great Wall of China; a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica; and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos. These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful and gloriously unnecessary await inquisitive readers, aspiring engineers, and anyone who ever looked at a skyscraper and thought, "Yeah, but what if it had a roller coaster on top?""--
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781452144849
Branch Call Number: J 624 HE
Characteristics: 1 volume
Additional Contributors: Johnstone, Matt 1982-- Illustrator


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LPL_DanC Jun 14, 2018

What an amazing non-fiction children's book! It contains a spread for each "curious construction"--text on the left, full page illustration on the right. The topics include famous structures like the Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge, and not-so-famous ones, like the Dyar Tunnels (if, like me, you had never heard of them, the book is worth it just to hear that weird little story) and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The range of locations and types of constructions is enormous. My 7-year old and I spent many evenings reading this book, then looking at real photos and learning more about these various places with a quick search on my phone. Michael Hearst's other two books, "Extraordinary People" and "Unusual Creatures" do the same for people and animals, respectively. An enriching series that will leave your kids and you with some new wonders to ponder.


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