Who Built That? Bridges

An Introduction to Ten Great Bridges and Their Designers

Didier Cornille


     12.5 × 5.5 in (31.8 × 14.0 cm)
96 pages
90 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616895167

In this latest addition to his popular Who Built That? series, Didier Cornille presents ten of the most important bridges in the world, from the Brooklyn to the Golden Gate; from the first in cast iron to the longest in concrete; from small footbridges to the tallest in the world. Cornille introduces each engineer or architect and the main concepts of their work through charming step-by-step drawings and accessible text. Who Built That? Bridges is a fun primer for children of all ages interested in learning about these incredible structures and the engineering and design concepts behind each one.

Didier Cornille is a designer, illustrator, and professor at the Ecole des'Beaux-Arts in Le Mans, France

Editorial Reviews


"An astounding array of technical marvels... Readers will not only understand how bridges are constructed but also gain a deeper appreciation of the individual components that make their construction possible. Ample white space and precise drawings are enlivened with bright splashes of color, and the unusual dimensions of the book allow the bridges to be seen in their entirety on one wide page."

Mental Floss:

"Simple and engaging drawings elevate the work, paving the road for even those who might've never considered the grandeur of this ubiquitous piece of design."

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review:

"A work of beauty and a conveyance into human ingenuity."

Publihsers Weekly:

"Anecdotal details provide a sense of each structure's cultural and practical significance, for example, during the inauguration of the Brooklyn Bridge, circus elephants were paraded across to demonstrate its sturdiness. Brief profiles of the bridges' designers and discussions of other notable bridges round out a meticulously illustrated, thoroughly explained study of bridge-making."


"Cornille's clean, sparingly colored line drawings -- which span long, rectangular pages befitting their subject matter -- focus on important architectural and engineering elements, such as trestles and girders, while also drawing attention to scale."

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