‘Curious Constructions,’ by Michael Hearst, illustrated by Matt Johnstone.

This latest book in the ‘Uncommon Compendium’ is crammed full of fifty of the most incredible structures ever built, including: a skateboard ramp used to jump The Great Wall of China, a giant, mechanical, fire-breathing octopus and a life-size X-Wing Starfighter built of Lego.


It features a double-page spread on each of the chosen constructions, with a full page colour illustration, fascinating fact boxes, quizzes, true or false questions and plenty of historical background. It’s a real treasure trove for budding engineers and architects, and anybody who just loves a good non-fiction book.


Curious Constructions gets the seal of approval from my son who grabbed it from me the second I opened the package and snuggled up under a blanket to read. The only sounds I heard coming from him for the next half an hour or so we’re those of turning pages and cries of: “Mummy, did you know that…?”  The sign of a good book.

Library Girl.

*Thank you to Chronicle Books for sending me this copy to review*

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