What can I say about “Castle”? It’s kind of like a picture book about architecture, with an awesome story set in medieval Europe. This is one of those books where I won’t be able to describe it no matter how hard I try, so you’ll just have to go out and read it for yourself. “Castle” tells the story of a typical medieval fortress, from its planning stages through the actual construction. The story even includes a fierce battle that tests the building’s defenses! It’s an awesome look inside a huge construction project that spanned several decades.
One awesome thing about this book is that the author actually takes you inside each piece of the castle’s architecture with his blueprint-style illustrations. The narrative is excellent as well, because the story explains why each step of the building process was so important. When you read this book, you not only learn about all the steps in building a castle was built, but also why this type of building was so important to life in the dark ages.
Macaulay’s book is a great choice for visual learners, those people who understand an idea better once they’ve had a chance to “see” it up close and in detail. I’d guess that the book is probably geared towards 10- or 12-year old boys since it includes a lot of really technical details, but it’s so easy to read that younger boys might appreciate it as well. Whatever your age, don’t miss out on reading this classic!