Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction


Spring 2007 Non-Fiction
Ages: 7 & Up
Author: Lynn Curlee
Illustrator: Lynn Curlee
ISBN: 9689844891
Hardcover Price: $17.99
Here's a book that reaches for the sky–or at least tells the story of visionary architects and the world's tallest buildings that did. Author Lynn Curlee, who has written books about the Brooklyn Bridge and Mt. Rushmore, applies his admirable skills not only as an award–winning kids’ book writer but also an artist and art historian. And it shows. You can't turn a page without finding another of his bold and colorful illustrations of towering skyscrapers-magnificent structures from New York's Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building to Chicago's Sears Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

The book's stylized graphics are so eye–catching, in fact, that they tend to overshadow Curlee's matter-of-act, encyclopedic -styled prose-a little textbookish but highly informative and educational.

Covering the history, architecture and technology of skyscrapers, the author never talks down to young readers, which may leave some studying the pictures more than the words. But the words and pictures together offer anyone-even adults&emdash;a fascinating understanding of how and why the world's tallest buildings were built.

Don Oldenburg   ©2007 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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