Quest for the Lost City of Gold

Quest for the Lost City of Gold
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March 17, 2008
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When a mysterious postcard arrives at the home of renowned illustrator Stephen Biesty, he and the reader are sent on a whirlwind quest around the world with cryptic clues and riddles to solve along the way. When Stephen arrives at each destination building on his journey, he gathers information to help him solve the riddle, drawing the building as it was at a pivotal moment in its history. The quest begins at Sydney Opera House, and leads to an assortment of architectural monoliths, including the Empire State Building, Hagia Sophia, Angkor Wat, and the Coliseum. Readers follow his adventures and crack the clues to discover an incredible Lost City of Gold, in this scrapbook journal-style account of Stephen's travels.

Since becoming a full-time illustrator in 1985, Stephen Biesty has worked on a variety of information books for both adults and children. His first book for DK, the best-selling Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections, was published in 1992. That volume was the inspiration for a successful range of cross-section books including Man-of-War, Castle, Incredible Explosions, and Incredible Everything. Using just paper, pen and ink, and watercolor paints, Stephen Biesty never uses a ruler, drawing everything freehand.

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You are invited to join artist Stephen Biesty as his old history teacher challenges him to collect clues from important buildings in many lands in an attempt to find the Lost City of Gold. The quest begins in this book crammed with postcards, journal entries, photos, drawings, interesting snippets of info, maps, letters, historical facts, and architectural layouts, with a letter from Steve's teacher inviting him to this huge adventure. Steve receives a postcard to each destination, complete with clues and riddles. In each place, Steve (and the reader) collects numbers, which he crosses off a riddle card, which is included in an envelope, along with the parts for a special viewer, stickers, and a poster.

QUEST FOR THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is not only an enjoyable shared adventure, complete with fascinating facts about history and architecture, but the book itself is a stunning work of art, inviting many hours of enjoyable browsing. Who can resist this call to adventure?
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