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How Machines Work: Zoo Break!

How Machines Work: Zoo Break!


How Machines Work: Zoo Break!

About the Book

Award-winning artist David Macaulay introduces readers to his hilarious new creations, Sloth and Sengi, in How Machines Work: Zoo Break!

Get your cogs turning with these mega machines! This amazing, award-winning visual guide showcases the science and technology behind the most important machines ever invented.

How Machines Work is a unique book full of inspiring illustrations by award-winning artist David Macaulay and packed with interactive elements, including press-out models, pop-ups, and pull-outs. Sloth and his sidekick Sengi are two furry friends on hand to guide you through the book and break down the basics. They’ll give you the lowdown on levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges, and wheels on this intrepid adventure. You’ll find out how all different technologies work, from bicycles, cranes, and drills to diggers, hammers, and zips.

Along the way, you’ll help Sloth and Sengi plot their daring escape from the zoo using only newfound scientific knowledge to make a machine designed for break outs and break aways. But will they succeed? Grab this essential guide, get your brain in gear, and get set for engineering greatness.

Product Details

On sale: October 27, 2015
Age: 7-10 years
Grade: Grades 2-5
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781465440129

Author Bio

Caldecott Medal award winner and MacArthur fellow David Macaulay has illustrated and written over 25 books for children. His most famous work includes The Way Things Work and Cathedral. His illustrations have been featured in popular, nonfiction books combining text and illustrations explaining architecture, design, and engineering.


"Youngsters will be eager to get their hands on this simply amazing book." — Booklist (Starred Review)

"Expertly blending comedy with a substantive look at physics and mechanics." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"With much use of flaps, pop-ups, and inset booklets, the author expands on the comical plotline with glimpses of construction machinery, hydraulics, and several types of levers in action." — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"…a vivid interactive introduction to simple scientific principles all neatly wrapped up in a story." — TheGuardian.com

"This ingenious, entertaining, sturdily built book is sure to get the wheels turning for young engineers-in-the-works." — Shelf Awareness for Readers

"As robust and inviting a physical book as you can possibly get." — The New York Times Book Review

"Illustrated with humor and affection…easily keeps the reader's attention." — BoingBoing.net

"In today's STEM-centric world, it can be difficult to sift through all the available STEM books and find the perfect introductory text for children… How Machines Work: Zoo Break! does just that." — The Children's Book Review