How Machines Work by David Macaulay

How Machines Work

Written by David Macaulay

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Winner of the £10,000 Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2016, which champions the best science books for under-14s.

Macaulay, who was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Cardif, was selected by a panel of child judges from a shortlist of six books. The shortlist was picked by a panel of adult judges, chaired by Professor Dame Julia Higgins.

Higgins said: “This book isn’t just dry pages about what engineering is. It’s a very exciting story about a sloth that has to get somewhere and in order to get to where he’s going he has to build levers, he has to build bridges. Each of the pages is about how he designs a solution to a problem - just what an engineer must do.”


How Machines Work by David Macaulay

David Macaulay's How Machines Work uses pop-ups and award-winning illustrations to demonstrate the technology of six simple machines. Follow the mad antics of Sloth and his side-kick Sengi as they try to break out of the zoo with the help of levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges and wheels.

Brought to life through pop-ups and pull-outs meaning you can explore six simple machines, from bicycles and cranes to hammers and drills, through interactive science.

Packed with engaging, hands-on activities, David Macaulay's How Machines Work will gear kids up for scientific and engineering greatness!


Amazing pop-ups and pull-ups will help you explore and understand a variety of machines, from hammers and drills to bicycles and cranes. * The Week Junior *

About the Author

The work of British-American artist David Macaulay is renowned for its humour, detail and ability to explain complex ideas with simple genius. He specializes in graphic non-fiction books on subjects such as science, architecture and engineering

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32 pages


David Macaulay
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DK Children an imprint of Dorling Kindersley Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




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