Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

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by Michael Hearst, illustrated by Matt Johnstone

This week's pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak.

What it's all about ...
Curious Constructions features fascinating and humorous accounts of 50 incredible structures, including a fire-breathing octopus, a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica, and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter made of Legos.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf …
This is not your average book about buildings. It's full of weird and wonderful, off-the-beaten path constructions, as well as favorite and familiar structures.

A sample illustration…

From Curious Creations by Michael Hearst. Illustration copyright 2017 by Matt Johnstone

Why kids will love it …
So many quotable facts! Did you know there's secret room known as M42 in the basement of Grand Central Terminal? Or that you can eat in an underwater restaurant in the Maldives? Or that in California, you can find the skateboard ramp you'd need to jump the Great Wall of China?

Why grown-ups will love it …
Makes a great gift for aspiring engineers and trivia-loving kids who are ready to move beyond The Guinness World Book of Records and Ripley's Believe or Not.

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