- File Size: 369399 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Revised, Updated edition (October 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2016
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LC0LNGG
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"... long-awaited update to one of the more original books ever printed."
—School Library Journal
* “Macaulay's brilliantly designed, engagingly informal diagrams and cutaways bring within the grasp of even casual viewers a greater understanding of the technological wonders of both past and present. Necessary for every library, personal or otherwise.”—Kirkus, starred review
Praise for The Way Things Work
“The Way Things Work is a superb achievement. It is a very handsome book, a fascinating collection of riddles and a sound educational accomplishment that, while explaining in words and pictures - mostly pictures - some of the mysteries of physics, makes you smile, and often laugh. The author is honest enough to say that the book was intended for children of all ages, and brilliant enough to make all its readers feel brighter than they ever thought they could be.”—The New York Times
“The Way Things Work is not the only book that has tried to explain modern mysteries, but it's the best. Macaulay's explanations are lucid; they are also fun. He includes visual puns, running jokes, a cast of thousands of tiny participants in on and around the machines, choirs of angels and lots of big woolly mammoths.”—Boston Globe
“Keep the book a secret from your kids for a while and study up on the explanations of questions you're anticipating. Let Macaulay make you look smarter than you think you are. The kids will certainly be impressed - and you'll be getting a real education in the bargain.”—The Los Angeles Times
“An astonishing tour-de-force by the architect-turned-author who has given us Cathedral and City.” —Kirkus
“This is a work of mammoth imagination, energy, and humor. It justifies every critic's belief that information and entertainment are not mutually exclusive - good nonfiction is storytelling at its best.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
“Combining the tongue-in-cheek observations of a budding prehistoric engineer with acute descriptions of the functioning of mechanical and electrical machines, Macaulay has produced a superb volume.”—The Horn Book, starred review
“A book to be treasured as both a browsing item and as a gold mine of reference information.”—School Library Journal, starred review
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In the end, "The Way Things Work" is quite simply spectacular, packed with information about the world around us, funny, accessible, and inspiring. While there are one or two illustrations that aren't as clear as they should have been, and a minor error creeps up here and there, it's still a magnificent piece of work born out of true passion and skill. If you have a technically inclined young kid, chances are, you will not regret buying them this.
As for the updated 2016 edition: compared to the 1998 version, the changes are incremental but fairly substantial, with a treatment of e-paper displays, digital cameras, accelerometers, and so on. Some of this may make you nostalgic - say, a mechanically simpler optical mouse takes place of the rolling ball design - but overall, it's a much-needed and worthwhile reboot.
In a world where fewer kids in Junior High and High School really seem to understand how and why things work in their daily lives, this book is a great way to introduce and explain critical STEM topics.
I highly recommend this book.
I loved David Macaulay growing up, his City and Castle are still on my bookshelf and it's amazing to see he's still going putting out new books with as much wit and charm as the ones I remember.
What's more amazing is how much my little girls love this book. Each night when I ask them to pick bedtime stories they pull down the 'Machine Book' and carry it to bed, even though it's a bit too heavy for them to carry! The tradition continues!