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Engineering helps shape the world around us, from the houses and cities we live in, to the way we travel, and even the sound of the music we listen to. Lift the flaps in this fascinating book to discover how engineering works and the many things engineers do. Includes internet links to find out more. Published for the 2018 Year of Engineering.

  • Usborne are proud partners of the Year of Engineering 2018. Find out more on the Usborne blog

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Book information

Key Stage
KS2/3 S
ISBN: 9781474970372
Extent: 16 pages
Dimensions: 276 x 216mm
Rose Hall and Alex Frith

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“Fascinating Engineering Facts!”
The Usborne Engineering lift the flap book is very interesting and engaging. It describes facts with detail and has fun pictures. The writing is clear and I couldn’t stop reading it. I particularly liked the Soyuz rocket explanation of how it carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). By Harry D (age 9)

Press reviews

“An inspirational and perfectly engineered introduction to the exciting world of engineering.”
“A fantastic showcase of how creative, varied and inventive engineering can be.”
“An absolutely gorgeous hardback book with beautiful illustrations and as you would expect, thoroughly researched text from Usborne. And there are literally hundreds of flaps to help you understand what is going on beneath the surface. Highly Recommended.”


Visit the Usborne Quicklinks website for links to websites where you can watch video clips about what engineers do, from launching rockets, building bridges and making electric cars to designing video games and wearable tech, and find online activities and project ideas to try at home.

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Resources for this book

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  • Why I love being an engineer
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  • Year of Engineering
    Find out more about the Year of Engineering, a UK government campaign to tackle the skills gap in this field.
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    Ever wondered how flap books are written, designed and illustrated? Well here's a behind-the-scenes video of Usborne Publishing's offices to show you how.