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About the Author

Richard Platt has written more than 30 books, and he has been a children's author since 1992


Works by Richard Platt

Pirate (Eyewitness Books) (0001) — Author — 641 copies
Spy (Eyewitness Books) (1996) 429 copies
Film (Eyewitness Books) (1992) 242 copies
Shipwreck (Eyewitness Books) (1997) 241 copies
London (Through Time) (2009) 67 copies
Beijing (Through Time) (2008) 64 copies
Pompeii (Through Time) (2007) 62 copies
Shipwreck Detective (2006) 55 copies
A World of Information (2016) — Author — 49 copies
Olympics (Through Time) (2012) 36 copies
Everest (DK Discoveries) (2000) 36 copies
Castle (DK Experience) (2007) 26 copies
Flight (DK Experience) (2006) 24 copies
The Vanishing Rainforest (2003) 21 copies
Space Explorer Atlas (1999) 20 copies
Versus: Pirates (2010) — Author — 11 copies
A World Of Discovery (2018) — Author — 10 copies
Discovering Pirates (2002) 8 copies
Double Crossing (2010) 5 copies
Au coeur des choses (1999) 2 copies
Letting blood (1989) 2 copies
Gerichtsmedizin (2006) 1 copy
Uitvindingen verklaard (1998) 1 copy
Vakooja (1997) 1 copy

Associated Works

Slightly Foxed 15: Underwear Was Important (2007) — Contributor — 25 copies
Slightly Foxed 27: Well Done, Carruthers! (2010) — Contributor — 24 copies
Slightly Foxed 68: Ring Out, Wild Bells (2020) — Contributor — 24 copies
Slightly Foxed 35: Tarka the Rotter (2012) — Contributor — 23 copies
Slightly Foxed 60: A Dickens of a Riot (2018) — Contributor — 21 copies
Slightly Foxed 58: A Snatch of Morning (2018) — Contributor — 17 copies
Slightly Foxed 44: My Grandfather and Mr. Standfast (2014) — Contributor — 17 copies


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Common Knowledge

Northumberland, England, UK
Short biography
Richard Platt has published more than 100 books, 32 of which were for DK. He has written on almost every topic you can imagine, but is particularly interested in the history of science and technology, and social history. He has become a bit of an amateur expert on the subject of life at sea, smuggling, and piracy. Most of his books are illustrated information books for children, but he has also written stories for children and several for adults. Some have won prizes, including the Smarties silver prize, and a Blue Peter award. Richard also writes TV scripts and museum interpretation, and he has appeared on TV and radio.



This looks like an unusual book. First of all, it's enormous. Second of all, it manages to be a little gruesome even though it's cartoony. Even though it's a fictional story, it seems like the kind of thing a kid could use for a report on ancient Rome. There's a whole section of historical notes and a bibliography in the back.
LibrarianDest | 4 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Esta obra envolvente, ilustrada, permite viajar no tempo e conhecer as vidas e descobertas dos grandes inventores a partir de uma abordagem nunca vista, desde o famoso grito de Arquimedes até os incríveis avanços atuais da Medicina e Tecnologia, como a internet e os exames de DNA.
editora_sesimg | Dec 11, 2023 |
I was so very obsessed with this book as a kid. Oddly, one of the parts I remember most vividly was checking out what all the little people were doing. And the soldier whose intestines were hanging out in the tank cross section, of course. Biesty really knows how to appeal to kids.

I'd love to reread this as an adult.
caedocyon | 2 other reviews | Jul 18, 2023 |
Both good and bad. One page for every "adventurer". Packed with illustration. Lively. But the overall structure that is imposed is odd and looks, perhaps, imposed by an editor? The first section is called "Discovery, Conquest, and Loot" and includes the stories of 14 adventurers, starting with the Carthaginian general Hannibal, and ending with Captain Cook, the English explorer. For most of the 14 adventurers, it is a stretch to make them fit the theme. Benvenuto Cellini is probably the most egregious example, failing on all three fronts, as he mostly managed briefly to escape a prison. The book would be better off without these divisions and themes, it will hurt the brains of young readers who notice how poorly they are chosen. Still interesting though, because it ranges far over both time and space, and some of the adventurers were people I had never heard of.… (more)
themulhern | Jun 20, 2023 |



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