My little guy really enjoyed looking through Where’s the Architect? : From Pyramids to Skyscrapers (2018, Prestel)! In this oversized nonfiction translated book (originally written in German), author Susanne Rebscher and Annabelle von Sperber share a global approach to the world of architecture.
I’m always talking to my children’s literature students about how fascinating nonfiction texts can be, and I often discuss how to bring in students’ cultures in my cultural and linguistic diversity class. Where’s the Architect? addresses both of these aspects.
With accessible language and beautiful illustrations that capture perfectly architectural wonders and their locations, Where’s the Architect? introduces readers to global designs – from the New York’s Empire State Building to the Moscow Metro to the Sydney Opera House.
I love the beautiful, colorful illustrations, and the readability of the text. Whereas each structure is given a brief prose introduction on its page within the text, each structure is also given a more detailed description in the book’s back matter. The book is one that will “grow” with readers. Younger readers will enjoy the illustrations and looking for the two monkeys on each page (a homage to Where’s Waldo? perhaps!) and older readers will enjoy learning additional information from the more detailed descriptions. I also particularly enjoy the other nonfiction features (e.g., the timeline, glossary, and map) that are included within the text.
Where’s the Architect? earns five stars!