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Book review: The LEGO Adventure Book

Published / by Bill

The latest LEGO book I’ve read is The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! by Megan H Rothrock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very easy book to read… I finished it in well under an hour. It’s mostly pictures, with comic-book style speech bubbles, so there’s not a lot to read, but I really enjoyed it.

The basic idea is that the author, represented by a LEGO minifig, first builds her “Idea Lab,” complete with a robotic assistant Brickbot and a levitating platform called the “Transport-o-lux” and then Brickbot sends her traveling through time and space to visit various builders and see what they’ve built. Each chapter features a different adult LEGO builder and his/her creations, and throughout the book there are instructions on how to build each of the models. The book shows a whimsical and light style which is entertaining throughout.

I really enjoyed the variety of models chosen, and the excellent photography showing the construction techniques used. In many cases however, there isn’t quite the level of detail you’d expect in a LEGO set, and it might be frustrating to try to build… but I think that’s part of the point of an idea book like this, because it challenges the imagination to come up with a solution rather than just spoon-feeding it to you.

I also really like that it is written by and starring a woman, and although all but one of the builders visited are men, the models featured throughout the book include many things that should be of interest to both boys and girls.

I think this book is absolutely perfect for what it is trying to be, a source of ideas and inspiration for creative younger LEGO builders.

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book to review.

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Book review: A Million Little Bricks

Published / by Bill

I recently read this book, A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the Lego PhenomenonA Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the Lego Phenomenon by Sarah Herman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was a little disappointed with this book to be honest. It started out all right, giving the story of the origins of the LEGO company, spelling out the trials and tribulations of the nascent toy company. But the bulk of the book is really just a list of all the different sets LEGO has produced over the years. There was only a small bit at the very end about the LEGO fan community, talking about a few of the conventions and Web sites, but I would have really preferred to see some MOC builders featured and more about the adult community.

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book to review.

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