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The Way Things Work Paperback – May 6, 2004

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About the Author

David Macaulay's book 'The Way Things Work', first published in 1998, had huge success winning numerous awards including The Times Education Senior Supplement Senior Information Book Award. Born in the UK. David now lives in Boston.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; 2nd edition (May 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405302380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405302388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy VINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
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The Way Things Work is a charming, illustrated guide to the physical world for those of us who are both curious and a bit undereducated. The charm comes from Maccaulay's illustrations and his adorable choice of mammoths (that's right, mammoths) as the foils for the slightly jocular explanations.

Most of the explanations are good, a few are downright ingenious. It's true that a couple of examples, particularly those about optics are a bit rushed and may leave the reader as confused as ever.

The best use of this book is to offer it on those occasions when small, discrete nibbles of reading are in order. So it's perfect in the waiting room of a doctor's office or the guest room in your home. Note that there are used copiesThe Way Things Work that are so cheap that it would be a pity not to give a few away.

Lynn Hoffman author of the delectable novel bang BANG: A Novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JF on November 13, 2008
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My kids and I love this book. There are a few sections that need a update and I'd like to see more recent technology added, but hey what can say, it's funny and informative!

I also I wish it were available in hardcover!
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A classic. I think it's important to demystify the world for kids, and this helps them engage with their world in a curious way. The way this book is illustrated helps them go as deep or as broad into a topic as they want. Let's help the next generation with those future STEM careers!
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Kids of all ages can enjoy this book. Whether it is used for bedtime reading, reference or preparing a school project this book is fun to use and the directions are accurate.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Hokanson on December 18, 2014
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