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Stephen Biesty's Incredible Everything Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Grade 4-6?Students who are familiar with Biesty's work many enjoy this title even though there seems to be no rationale for the items included. The oversize format lends itself to the many tiny, meticulous full-color illustrations that occupy the pages. The size, however, does not lend itself to library shelving. The text and illustrations are arranged according to a table of contents with one to five topics per two-page spread. Among the incredible everythings are plywood, compact discs, plastic bottles, soap, athletic shoes, and photocopiers. The Saturn V occupies a double fold-out that will quickly be tattered with use. Every topic is introduced by a short paragraph; each numbered, illustrated step in the manufacturing process is then described in one sentence. Details are added in smaller print. The layout is sometimes confusing as the illustrated processes zigzag across the page or circle around the main picture. Some explanations are rather vague, leaving gaps in the information and in understanding. Strictly a browsing item.?Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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About the Author

Stephen Biesty is an artist of phenomenal talent with remarkable visual skills. As a child he spent hours drawing castles, knights at battle, and ferocious Vikings, taking inspiration from films such as Spartacus, Ben Hur, and Anthony and Cleopatra, which fueled his already fertile imagination.

In 1980, he attended Brighton Polytechnic where he specialized in historical reconstruction illustration and developed a particular interest in what went on inside castles and other ancient buildings. After graduating from Brighton with a BA in Graphic Design, Stephen earned an MA in Graphic Design at City of Birmingham Polytechnic working further in historical reconstruction.

Stephen became a full-time illustrator in 1985 and has since worked on a variety of information books for adults and children. It took Stephen two and a half years to draw the wonderful illustrations for the best-selling Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections, which was published in 1992. That volume was the inspiration for a new range of cross-section books which include Man-of-War (1993), Castle (1994), Incredible Pop-Up Cross-Sections (1995), Incredible Explosions (1996), Incredible Everything (1997), Incredible Body (1998), and DK Amazing Pop-Up 3D Time Scape (1999). Stephen Biesty lives in Somerset, England with his wife and son.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st American ed edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078942049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789420497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 14.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My son's kindergarten teacher has this in his class. All the 5 year olds love it so I'm getting it for our son for Chrismas. My husband and myself both enjoyed reading it to our kids and they really enjoyed the detailed pictures. If your child likes Richard Scarry, they'll probably like Stephen Biesty.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was amused to see that this book listed under the 'children's' section. This book is for everyone! Hey look at me -- a graduate student going nuts over my thesis -- but thanks to Biesty, I *finally* know how aluminum foil, matches, CDs, donuts, + chocolates bars are made! If you like "How Things Work" - you'll love this book. Even if you already know how everything is made, the detailed illustrations are amazing and humurous, get it! (other cool things dissected - nails, diamond rings, race cars, rockets, cheese ...)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EcoDesigner on September 12, 2012
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This book is great for children, but it's also just as intriguing for adults...and maybe more. I cannot fathom how many hours were poured into the illustrations. What I appreciate about Stephen Biesty is that he not only draws exceptionally well, but he really considers the best angles to draw from and the best way to present the subject/topic.

All around, this is a wonderful book...one of Biesty's best in my opinion. I never knew how so many things were made.
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By EvMama on October 1, 2014
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Serious fun! Super interesting, nice facts, great drawings, easy to understand, and a little humor on every page~ LOVE LOVE LOVE
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