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Stephen Biesty's Incredible Explosions: Exploded Views of Astonishing Things Hardcover – July 1, 1996

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Don't let the title mislead you--this book isn't about things that blow up like volcanoes or chemistry experiments gone awry. Instead, illustrator Stephen Biesty and author Richard Platt (Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Castle, Stephen Beisty's Incredible Body) have once again blown the cover off places as big as Venice and as off-limits as a Space Station so that young ones can see what's inside. This talented duo knows exactly what interests children. For example, at the Space Station young readers get to see cool stuff like cockpit controls and the module where space experiments are performed, as well as gross stuff like what happens to an astronaut with space sickness. Looking inside a movie studio, kids can peek at the makeup and hairstyling rooms (where glamour gals and demon monsters come to life) as well as an ocean liner in a huge water tank that's being attacked by a remote-control giant squid. With so much of the big world remaining hidden or inaccessible to children, fact-filled books such as these are instantly fascinating, fun, and even (sneakily) educational. (Ages 7 and older) --Gail Hudson

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Grade 4-7?Fascinating bits and pieces of information supplied by text and cutaway illustrations on every page make this book a browser's delight. Subjects range from a 19th-century steam tractor to an Antarctica base to a futuristic space station to the inner workings of a windmill. Some of the pictures are almost breathtaking in their detail and beauty. Especially notable is the fold-out spread of a city, which goes all the way down to the formation of the earth at the bottom. Some of the illustrations, such as the view of Venice or the "exploded" human body, are so packed with detail that they are almost overwhelming. An extremely minor complaint: the text of the double-page spread on London's Tower Bridge explains the hydraulic system that was used to lift it, but doesn't explain that this system is no longer in use. Otherwise, the book lives up to its "incredible" billing.?Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st American ed edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789410249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789410245
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 14.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is an amazing educational tool. Biesty has created some incredibly detailed diagrams of machines, living creatures and structures. The word explosion in the diagram refers to the structure of the diagrams. Each one is an expansion of the object, showing all of the major pieces separately with lines directing you back to its' location in the object. It is as if the object exploded out with all the components intact. The objects deconstructed are:

*) A steam tractor
*) Fire in an urban high-rise building
*) The international space station
*) An airport
*) A windmill
*) A cross-section of a city which starts with the Big Bang and progresses to a modern city
*) A base in the Antarctic
*) A movie studio
*) Venice, Italy
*) A tower bridge
*) The human body
*) The Grand Canyon

If you have ever wondered how any of these objects are constructed, then this book is the primary reference you should consult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fields on May 21, 2013
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I wish they had more of these books when I was a kid, I really like to look at things and how they work and fit together. It's too bad DK aims these things at Kids and not people in general. This book was kind of short, but the images are fascinating and well done. An exploded view is different from a cross section that many of the DK books have, they take a lot of time, I used to do Isometric Blueprints which are very similar. Anyhow the Train, International Space Station and other images were all very good.

This book was very short, there are only 12 sets of illustrations but all of them are very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ableekertomorrow on September 6, 2014
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This is a very cool book, and I love the illustrations. Amazingly detailed and varied, they contain so many little details, reading them could give hours of enjoyment. Would have given 5 stars if "The Coolest Cross-Sections Ever"(which contains most, if not all, of the illustrations from this book) wasn't such a good value itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurel A Van Buskirk on January 24, 2013
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I continue to be amazed at how Stephen Biesty's books manage to harmonize scientific information with artistic detail. At times looking at a page can be overwhelming - so much to see and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EvMama on October 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Serious FUN! Great illustrations, easy to understand, high interest for kids and adults, and a little humor on every page! A MUST!!!!
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