David Macaulay

David Macaulay received his bachelor of architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. In January 1973, Macaulay went to France to work on the first of his twenty-five books, Cathedral. He then constructed a colonial Roman town (City, 1974), erected monuments to the Pharaohs (Pyramid, 1975), dissected the maze of subterranean systems below and essential to every major city (Underground, 1976), built a medieval fortress (Castle, 1977), and dismantled the Empire State Building (Unbuilding, 1980). Macaulay is perhaps best known for The Way Things Work (1988). It was followed by Black and White (1990) for which he won the 1991 Caldecott Medal. A revised edition of The Way Things Work was published in 1998 followed by Building BigMosque, and most recently, The Way We Work (2008).


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Eye: How It Works
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Celebrated author-illustrator and master explainer David Macaulay brings his unique voice and style to high-interest nonfiction books for newly independent...


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Toilet: How It Works
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Celebrated author-illustrator and master explainer David Macaulay brings his unique voice and style to high-interest nonfiction books for newly independent...


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Jet Plane: How It Works
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Go on an airplane ride.  It weighs as much as 100 elephants, but it can fly for hours. How does a jet do that? From the engine that provides the power and...


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Castle: How It Works
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Take a tour of a medieval castle.  Every part of the castle has a function. Walls keep the enemy out. Towers protect the lord and the soldiers. From the moat...


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