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A humorous yet historically accurate look at life in a thirteenth century medieval castle brought to life with flaps and a sound panel. David Hancock's illustrations include a magnificent banquet, a thrilling tournament and a dramatic siege, with embedded flaps to enable children to explore the hidden world of the castle. Children won’t be able to resist pushing the buttons to hear the royal trumpeters playing, the noblemen on their horses, the drawbridge and the jousting.

Book information

Key Stage
KS1/2 H/E
Hardback with sound panel
ISBN: 9780746099964
Extent: 16 pages
Dimensions: 276 x 216mm
David Hancock

Author information

Katie Daynes

Katie Daynes has written oodles of books for Usborne, from lifting the flaps on germs and poo, through things to spot in the sea and at school, to the life stories of Nelson Mandela and Marie Antoinette. She wrote My First Chess Book after being taught by her son, Joe Birks, who became the British Under 9 Chess Champion in 2017. She now lives in Yorkshire with her architect husband, two inquisitive children and a hamster called Toffee. When she’s not writing books, Katie likes walking on the blustery moors, meeting friends for coffee and playing competitive board games.

Press reviews

“This classic flap book in the "See Inside" series is brought to life with a new sound panel. It offers a humorous yet historically accurate look at life in a Thirteenth Century medieval castle. Inventive embedded flaps on each double-page spread allow children to explore the hidden world of the castle, peeking inside stables, tents, and carriages along the way.”
“My favourite sound was the ghostly knight. My favourite chapter was 'Jolly Jousts.' This is an exciting book with lots of colourful and interesting pictures. It has made me laugh a lot. Score: 9/10”
“A humorous and educational look at life in a 13th-century medieval castle, brought to life with flaps and sound panels. The sound buttons are irresistible: with noises and effects covering everything from jousts, trebuchets and drawbridges to a ghostly knight.”

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