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Richard Platt - Author

About the Author

As an artist
I've written about 60 books, mostly factual books for children. My first children's book was Incredible Cross Sections, which had fantastic illustrations by Stephen Biesty. One of the things I enjoy most about writing is that it gives me the chance to work with wonderful illustrators. When Chris Riddell drew the pictures for Castle Diary and Pirate Diary he managed to capture the characters of all the people in the stories exactly as I'd imagined them. I also love writing because people pay me to find out all this fascinating stuff about strange, wacky and obscure subjects. I spend far more time than I should trying to find amazing facts that bring a subject to life. I trawl through books at home (I've got 2500) and in dusty libraries.

Featured books by Richard Platt

Other books by Richard Platt

Stephen Biesty's More Incredible Cross-sections

Stephen Biesty's More Incredible Cross-sections

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

This illustrated book for children shows you how things work. Look inside the human body, explore the magic of Venice, and take a tour around a movie studio - and much more! Part of a unique series that the Guardian in 2016 voted one of the best illustrated non-fiction books ever, More Incredible Cross-sections is Stephen Biesty at the top of his game. In this updated edition with a refreshed, contemporary style, he gives readers an exploded view of 12 objects, places, landmarks, and modes of transport. But look closer! In every picture is an alien who has lost his way: can you find him? As you pore over Stephen Biesty's superbly detailed pages, you will also discover loads of awesome facts. Did you know that steam engines were notoriously difficult to stop, leading to frequent accidents? Or that people at an Antarctic research base rely on supplies from an aircraft's parachute drops during winter? From windmills to cities, airports to space stations, More Incredible Cross-sections is for curious minds of any age interested in finding out how our amazing world works.

Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War

Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Look inside an 18th-century warship as it sails into battle on the high seas. Packed with extraordinary illustrations, this history book for children covers everything from warship design to navigation. Biesty's incredible drawings slice through a man-of-war to explore every corner, from the crow's nest to the stinking hold. Packed with fascinating facts and gory details, the pages teem with sailors busy about their duties. Find out how gun crews fired a cannon, examine a surgeon's toolkit, and learn the best way to wriggle the maggots out of the ship's biscuits. Look out, too, for the stowaway on every page. He's the one with spiky hair and there's a reward for his capture! This absorbing book will have children - and adults - poring over every page. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War remains as entertaining as ever.

Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections

Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

This children's book explores the innermost workings of some extraordinary buildings and machines. From helicopters to submarines, skyscrapers to coal mines, open up a fascinating world packed with unique and detailed cutaway drawings. Whether it's a Spanish galleon or a medieval castle, each cross-section slice or exploded view reveals what's going on inside. See the people swarming inside the Empire State Building, the workers busy backstage at an opera house, and where the crew sleep on a jumbo jet. Included also are two impressive fold-outs showing an ocean liner and a steam train. There are lots of fun facts to be discovered, and curious details are highlighted and explained. Did you know one of the funnels of the Queen Mary liner was fake, and used for storing deckchairs? And in almost every scene there's the challenge... to find a man sitting on a toilet! With more than a million copies sold, Stephen Biesty's award-winning illustrated book is as fascinating today as it was when first published, in 1992. Incredible Cross-sections is the ultimate way to see how things work.

Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Castle

Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Castle

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

History comes alive in this incredible children's illustrated book about castles. Slicing through different areas of a medieval fortress, extraordinary views reveal the people busy inside, and preparing for battle as an enemy army approaches. Packed with facts, you'll find out what it takes to build a massive 14th-century castle, dress a knight in armour, or prepare a feast fit for a king or queen. From the drawbridge to the dungeon, Cross-sections Castle swarms with the people who keep the castle ticking over - the workers, craftsmen, and servants. And, as you pore over every page, look out for the villainous spy. Is he in the well... the keep... the moat? No? Keep looking, he's there somewhere! Back in print after 20 years, you can cheer on jousters, be entertained by a troubadour, and witness the gory details of a traitor's demise. This unique illustrated book for kids is not just the story of a castle - it brings medieval history to life.

A World of Discovery

A World of Discovery

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

A stunning collection of the world's most important discoveries for all the family to enjoy. In the stylish miscellany, print-maker James Brown travels through the past and present, showing the amazing breakthroughs in science and technology that have changed our lives for ever. Discover fascinating facts and figures about space travel, the human body, time, the computer and much more with Brown's bold, bright colours and beautiful contemporary designs. Each illustration is presented alongside an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, this is the perfect book for the whole family to enjoy.

A Question of Trust

A Question of Trust

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2018

How They Made Things Work: Greeks

How They Made Things Work: Greeks

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2018

Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Greeks examines aspects of technology in ancient Greece, including money, mining, map-making, navigation and weapons. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3, How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries of technology.

How They Made Things Work: In the Age of Industry

How They Made Things Work: In the Age of Industry

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2018

Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Age of Industry examines aspects of technology in Victorian times, including ship-building, weapons, motion pictures, photography, railways and telegraphy. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3, How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries of technology.

How They Made Things Work: Egyptians

How They Made Things Work: Egyptians

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Egyptians examines aspects of technology in ancient Egypt, including irrigation, cosmetics, building the pyramids, ship-bullding and astronomy. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3, How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries of technology.

How They Made Things Work: Romans

How They Made Things Work: Romans

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Written by award-winning author Richard Platt, How They Made Things Work: Romans examines aspects of technology in ancient Rome, including concrete, road building, weapons, domes and arches. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3, How They Made Things Work looks at how people in history advanced their societies by pushing the boundaries of technology.

The Golden Age of Baghdad Band 17/Diamond

The Golden Age of Baghdad Band 17/Diamond

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

1100 years ago Baghdad was the world's biggest and finest city. Discover this glamorous, glorious desert city - its art, literature and learning - during the Islamic Golden Age. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - History

Halloween

Halloween

Author: Richard Platt Format: Novelty book Release Date: 08/09/2016

Join in the Halloween adventure to discover fun facts about trick or treating, dressing up, celebrations around the world and the history of Halloween. Did you know that the world's largest pumpkin weighed more than 14 adults? Or that during the Day of the Dead in Mexico, people picnic in graveyards? With over 50 flaps to open, this interactive Halloween book for children makes learning about Halloween traditions fun and accessible. There are more books in the series to collect: In One End and Out the Other (a journey through the digestive system), Sensational Senses and Maths Adventure are all out now. Richard Platt is an award-winning author who has been published in over 30 countries. He has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize three times. Richard Watson is a fantastic illustrator of children's books with publishers including Templar, Usborne, Scholastic, OUP, Ladybird and Pearson Education.

Mapping Australia Band 15/Emerald

Mapping Australia Band 15/Emerald

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Discover how people have mapped Australia - from songs that recorded what the landscape looked like, and early explorers' drawings, to modern maps and satellite images. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: geography, history

What's That Building? Level 12

What's That Building? Level 12

Author: Richard Platt, Pulsar Studio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 12 books feature greater use of literary language and more unusual and challenging vocabulary. Play scripts also feature from Level 12. Non-fiction titles contain longer, more formal sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. Sentences become longer with greater use of conjunctions and relative clauses. Grammatical vowel endings are more evident to encourage fluent reading and to provide familiarity with some higher-level features of written Arabic. Travel the world and look at some of the most amazing buildings - inside and out! Find out how they're built, what they do and lots more fantastic facts in this exciting and very visual book. Each building is intricately illustrated, providing lots of detail to look at and talk about. Pages 22 and 23 show the buildings divided up by their purpose - store, make or protect - promoting plenty of discussion and reasoning. Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills.

The Maya Band 18/Pearl

The Maya Band 18/Pearl

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Get an understanding of one of the world's ancient civilisations, find out all about their way of life, intriguing rituals and bizarre sports in this fascinating account of how the Maya first established themselves over 20,000 years ago in Central America and their eventual demise. * Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. * Text type: * Curriculum links:

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Level 12: Man Meets Metal

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops inFact: Level 12: Man Meets Metal

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Man Meets Metal provides an introduction to ancient Britain, by introducing children to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. TreeTops inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Castle Diary

Castle Diary

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

The medieval journal of Tobias Burgess, a young page. Sent to his uncle's castle to learn to be a page, eleven-year-old Toby keeps a detailed journal of everything that happens there during the year of 1285 - from such great events as a boar hunt and a tournament to more everyday activities like baking bread and cleaning out the garderobes (toilets). The book is packed with information about medieval life and a must for any child who loves castles!

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: Foolish Fears

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: Foolish Fears

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. This non-fiction title Foolish Fears explores the weird and wonderful fears from the past that petrified families, town and even whole nations you may discover that some aren't so foolish after all ...

Roman Diary

Roman Diary

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Explore the city at the heart of the ancient Roman Empire with Iliona, a Greek girl captured by pirates and sold into slavery. The year is AD102 and Iliona, an educated Greek girl, has been orphaned and sold as a slave in Rome. Apart from her beloved diary, she hasn't a friend in the world... But the family she works for are not unkind, and as Iliona begins to make friends and look around her, she discovers that the teeming city at the heart of the empire is a fascinating place. Through her eyes, watch the Roman army return in triumph from war against the Dacians, visit Nero's baths, witness gladiators fighting in the famous amphitheatre, attend the senate and a sumptuous banquet, escape a house fire, discover how Roman women dress their hair ... and celebrate with her on the day that she is granted her freedom for her bravery!

Double Crossing

Double Crossing

Author: Richard Platt Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The amazing story of a young immigrant's journey to Ellis Island and his life beyond.It's 1908, and David O'Connor, newly orphaned and alone in the world, has had to leave his home in Ireland to go and live with his uncle and aunt in America. His journey to New York and his new life there are tougher than David could ever have imagined, especially when he is harbouring a dark secret which he must take with him to his grave. His incredible story is recorded in his journal, complete with mementoes of his journey.

The Train Under Your Feet Band 07 Turquoise/Band 14 Ruby

The Train Under Your Feet Band 07 Turquoise/Band 14 Ruby

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Cities all over the world have an underground network of trains running right beneath our feet, helping the public to travel around quickly and safely. But how did these underground networks begin, and how were they built? Find out the fascinating history of underground trains in this non-fiction book by Richard Platt. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: A non-fiction book * Curriculum links: History; Geography * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Don't Flush Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee

Don't Flush Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee

Author: Richard Platt, Mary Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2012

This book is a light-hearted, yet highly informative study of two of the most natural human resources in the world - poo and wee. Throughout history, the products of our bladder and bowels have helped us to build houses, wash and dye our clothes, fertilize crops, treat illnesses, solve crimes, control pollution and create fuel, energy and explosives. These pages show you how, and tell you some fascinating stories at the same time. Illustrated with brilliantly fun artworks and endearing characters, you'll be entertained by wizards using `magical urine', soldiers fighting with exploding piles of dung, wee-wielding beauty therapists and much more.

What's that Building? Band 7/ Turquoise

What's that Building? Band 7/ Turquoise

Author: Richard Platt, Pulsar Studio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Travel the world and look at some of the most amazing buildings - inside and out! Find out how they're built, what they do and lots more fantastic facts in this exciting and very visual book. Each building is intricately illustrated, providing lots of detail to look at and talk about. * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: An information book. * A collage scene on pages 22 and 23 of all the buildings from the book allows children to recall the different features of each building. * Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. * Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Homes; Geography: Passport to the world

Through Time: London

Through Time: London

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Through Time: London follows the story of the historic capital from its Celtic origins right up to the present - including the settlement of the Romans, the Anglo-Saxon era, the Viking invasion, and the growth of medieval London in Norman times. The book explores major events in London's history, such as the plague, the Blitz and preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Plagues Pox and Pestilence

Plagues Pox and Pestilence

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2011

A comprehensive history of disease and pestilence, told from the point of view of the bugs and pests that cause them. The book features case histories of specific epidemics, 'eyewitness' accounts from the rats, flies, ticks and creepy-crawlies who spread diseases, plus plenty of fascinating facts and figures on the biggest and worst afflictions. Illustrated throughout with brilliantly entertaining artworks and endearing characters, you'll be entertained by a cabinet war room showing the war on germs, a rogues' gallery highlighting the worst offenders, the very deadliest diseases examined under the microscope and much more.

Roman Diary

Roman Diary

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Explore the city at the heart of the ancient Roman Empire with Iliona, a Greek girl captured by pirates and sold into slavery. The year is AD 107 and Iliona, an educated Greek girl, has been orphaned and sold as a slave in Rome. Apart from her beloved diary, she hasn't a friend in the world... But the family she works for are not unkind, and as Iliona begins to make friends and look around her, she discovers that the teeming city at the heart of the empire is a fascinating place. Through Iliona's eyes, watch the Roman army return in triumph from war against the Dacians, visit Nero's baths, witness gladiators fighting in the famous amphitheatre, attend the senate and a sumptuous banquet, escape a house fire, discover how Roman women dress their hair ... and celebrate with her on the day that she is granted her freedom for her bravery!

Code Making, Code Breaking Band 15/Emerald

Code Making, Code Breaking Band 15/Emerald

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

What are codes for and who uses them? How do you make a code, how do you break a code? If you think only spies and soldiers use codes, you're wrong! Find out how codes have been used throughout history, from Ancient Egypt through to the Cold War in this enthralling non-fiction book by award-winning author, Richard Platt. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type: A non-chronological report * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

What's that Building? Band 07/Turquoise

What's that Building? Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Richard Platt, Pulsar Studio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Travel the world and look at some of the most amazing buildings - inside and out! Find out how they're built, what they do and lots more fantastic facts in this exciting and very visual book. Each building is intricately illustrated, providing lots of detail to look at and talk about. * Turquoise/Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type: An information book. * A collage scene on pages 22 and 23 of all the buildings from the book allows children to recall the different features of each building. * Additional retrieval devices such as a glossary and index can be evaluated for their usefulness as children develop critical reading skills. * Curriculum links: Design and Technology: Homes; Geography: Passport to the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Discovering American Indians

Discovering American Indians

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2008

Discovering Pirates

Discovering Pirates

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2008

Discovering Vikings

Discovering Vikings

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2008

Discovering Knights & Castles

Discovering Knights & Castles

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2008

They Wore What?! The Weird History of Fashion & Beauty

They Wore What?! The Weird History of Fashion & Beauty

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Corsets so tight they cracked ribs?! The Weird History series shines the spotlight on some of the crazy and not-as-crazy-as-it-seems things people have done over the centuries. They Wore What?! examines the great lengths we have gone to to look good (or so we thought!), from frumpy fashions to painful piercings.

They Wore What?! The Weird History of Fashion & Beauty

They Wore What?! The Weird History of Fashion & Beauty

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Corsets so tight they cracked ribs?! The Weird History series shines the spotlight on some of the crazy and not-as-crazy-as-it-seems things people have done over the centuries. They Wore What?! examines the great lengths we have gone to to look good (or so we thought!), from frumpy fashions to painful piercings.

They Played What?! The Wierd History of Sports & Recreation

They Played What?! The Wierd History of Sports & Recreation

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2007

A ball game in which the losing team is murdered?! The Weird History series shines the spotlight on some of the crazy and not-as-crazy-as-it-seems things people have done over the centuries. From marathons and gladiators to bungee jumping and thrill rides, They Played What?! describes some of the weirdest ways people have found to have fun.

They Ate What?! The Weird History of Food

They Ate What?! The Weird History of Food

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Little known facts, disturbing tales, and fascinating photos in Two-Can's new Weird History series.

They Ate What?!

They Ate What?!

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Little known facts, disturbing tales, and fascinating photos in Two-Can's new Weird History servies.

Doctors Did What?! the Weird History of Medicine

Doctors Did What?! the Weird History of Medicine

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Little known facts, disturbing tales, and fascinating photos in Two-Can's new Weird History series.

Doctors Did What?! the Weird History of Medicine

Doctors Did What?! the Weird History of Medicine

Author: Richard Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Little known facts, disturbing tales, and fascinating photos in Two-Can's new Weird History series.

The Vanishing Rainforest

The Vanishing Rainforest

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2005

Why is the Brazilian rainforest vanishing so fast? And why is it essential not only to the people and animals within it, but to the whole world? Can anything be done to save it? This story, seen through the eyes of a child called Remaema, describes how the Yanomami tribe are battling against potential developers. Can a solution be found that will protect the forest and allow the tribe to continue living as they always have done, while benefiting from limited development? This picture book offers an exciting perspective on a controversial and topical subject.

D-Day Landings The Story of the Allied Invasion

D-Day Landings The Story of the Allied Invasion

Author: Richard Platt, Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2004

Learn why the decision to invade was made, the impact that the D-Day invasion had on the Second World War and why Winston Churchill called it the greatest thing we have ever attempted. Brings the action on the beaches and the history of the D-Day invasion vividly to life.

Pirate Diary

Pirate Diary

Author: Richard Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2003

This text provides a rollicking historical account of a young pirate's life.

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