Item description for Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt & Chris Riddell...
Overview As a page in his uncle's castle in thirteenth-century England, eleven-year-old Tobias records in his journal his experiences learning how to hunt, play games of skill, and behave in noble society.
Publishers Description "Not many, if any, children's books on the Middle Ages and castles contain the wealth of information found in this fresh, appealing offering." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
What was it really like to live in a castle? Step back to the Middle Ages with CASTLE DIARY: THE JOURNAL OF TOBIAS BURGESS. Eleven-year-old Toby's vivid diary entries offer an insider's view of day-to-day castle life, including tips on etiquette (where do you spit at a feast?) and exciting descriptions of hunting, jousting, and harvesting. Complete with glossary, index, and detailed endnotes, this is a rich look at medieval life that informs as much as it entertains.
Citations And Professional Reviews Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt & Chris Riddell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/25/2003
PW Notes and Reprints - 08/25/2003 page 67
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2003
ISBN 0763621641 ISBN13 9780763621643
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More About Richard Platt & Chris Riddell
RICHARD PLATT is an avid fan of castles and the author of many innovative and best-selling books for children, including CROSS SECTIONS: CASTLE, illustrated by Stephen Biesty. Chris Riddell is one of the most acclaimed children's book illustrators in the United Kingdom. In addition to his skill as an illustrator, he brings to CASTLE DIARY a wicked sense of humor, perhaps the result of his years as a political cartoonist.
Reviews - What do customers think about Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess?
Wonderful Educational Tool Feb 22, 2010
My son just finished this book as an assignment for our study on medieval times. He was engrossed in it from beginning to end. I was pleased at all he learned about medieval times just from reading this book and would recommend it to anyone teaching about this time period to ages 3rd to 5th grade.
Enter The Middle Ages! Dec 12, 2009
I highly recommend this book as a reader on its own or as part of a unit on the Middle Ages. The readability is appropriate for 9-11 year olds. It is informative yet interesting and children can easily relate to it. A few middle english words and phraseology are included to give the book some type of realistic writing and the terms are explained as they are used. It is also a great book to use as a springboard for writing. My students couldn't wait to start their own castle diary after finishing this one.
Wonderful books but get the 1st Edition! Feb 3, 2008
These diary books by Richard Platt are absolutely wonderful! I can't praise them highly enough as great works of historical fiction for young children. My five year old son can't get enough of this book. He loves it so much that I recently purchased the Pirate Diary for him. I didn't pay attention to editions or dimensions. I just purchased it. Well, it was tiny, about 5x6 compared to the large and lavish 10x13 first edition Castle Diary that we own. Also, instead of full page, full color illustrations there were black and white sketches here and there. So, I checked out the Castle Diary book again on this site and the same thing has been done. Look carefully at what you're ordering. The first editions are very large and gorgeously illustrated in full color with the text interspersed throughout. The editions available now are much smaller. They are mainly text with a few black and white sketches.
I am so saddened by what they have done to these books. In their original form, they are five star books for sure. I can only give four stars to the newer editions, however. The writing is the same but they have lost their picture book charm which made them accessible to younger kids. Even for older kids, however, a picture is worth a thousand words and would surely be greatly appreciated.
In short, I would rather own a used first edition of these books than a brand new copy of the modified version. I just wanted to point out the difference to prospective buyers.
History comes to life Feb 11, 2007
This is an excellent reader for an upper level 2nd grader up to a mid level middle schooler. It makes the world of knights and castles come to life from the viewpoint of a young boy studying to be a squire in his uncle's castle. My son loved it and I found that he related well to the history text that described medieval life because of it. It is written at a read alone level and includes illustrations here and there to emphasize the story.
Amazing and pathetic all at once Mar 14, 2005
Why do I say "amazing"?
Author Richard Platt writes a fictional diary for young readers based on ACADEMIC RESEARCH. The diary is a brilliant vehicle to make the facts fun, digestable, and memorable. Platt makes the history of a medieval castle come to life with vivid characters, action, and suspense.
Why do I say "pathetic"?
I'm a language arts teacher and therefore have some insight on the following scenario: If you ask a young reader to pick out a book, he'll inexorably choose junk like Animorphs or something by R.L. Stine, and adults are inclined to think, "Well, at least he's reading." Yeah, he's reading junk, and as he grows older he'll continue to read junk. I spent a weekend hunting down this incredible book, Castle Diary. Barnes & Noble didn't carry it, and only one of three Borders bookstores in town had it---and only one copy, at that. And yet they carry enough R.L. Stine, Animorphs, and other trash to sink a battleship. Pathetic.
Parents, expect a little more from your child's reading habits. Buy this book for starters.