Irony – DK has of number of different Cross-Sections books including The Incredible Cross-Sections and Cross-Sections Castles. I debated a while and thought I would get the most use out of The Incredible Cross-Sections, only to glance through the parts that make up an opera house, steam train and subway station, turn to the castle and read every detail. Irony.
I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise as I love all things castle, medieval time period and fantasy, where castles often play a major role. I find castles fascinating and with this Cross-Section book by Stephen Biesty ($25.99), I learned so much about how a castle worked and confirmed how incredibly smart our ancestors were.
There is so much information in each of the cross-sections on the item Biesty chooses to cross-section. While I found the castle exceptionally interesting, I found the ocean liner (which makes up the centre spread and is four pages long, giving you an idea of how massive these ships are), tank and even the Galleon, a 16th century large ship, overwhelming. Too many details or perhaps I am not not that interested.
I also thought it would be better if they were real pictures rather than illustrations, but my 10-year-old son pointed out that would be difficult as the item is cut in sections so you can see every part of a submarine, cathedral (another one that shows the size of the church with mini people milling around the front door) and a jumbo jet and space shuttle.
I can see why Biesty has a collection of these books – there is no shortage of things that could be taken apart and seen piece by piece.
A copy of this book was provided by DK Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.