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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, visually and mentally, 2 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The LEGO® Ideas Book (Hardcover)
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My son (like most people in the world?) loves Lego. He spends hours just building, being 9 it usually revolves around a house in the shape of a box, cars or guns. There is something tactile about the little bricks that just makes you want to pick them up and get going. I am not really a fan of the big ticket items (Star Wars etc) as it takes forever to build them and then that is it. What is needed is an Ideas book to take it to the next level with a couple of buckets of bricks......

When I first got the book I thought it would be along the lines of it telling you what you need to build a fire station (or whatever) and then you get Ikea-esque instructions. That would be ok, but it would be a bit like join the dots. What this book does is far better. It just shows you pictures with some very nice narrative. Nothing more than that - that is it. But it is made by Dorling Kindersley so the phots are lovely to look at, the usual white backgrounds and light shadowing. And there is a great interview with a Lego builder at the back.

The proof of the pudding is whether it can capture the imagination of a small boy, surrounded by computer games and footballs. He spent a long time reading it, and kept coming to me and pointing things out, then I found myself just sitting reading it. And then I just built some small items, because it isn't just about stacking up 4 red bricks, it is about using the bricks in a new way. Who guessed that 2 video box bricks become a hob, for example. So it also brought out the kids in me.

One demonstration of how the book really is an Ideas book is when he came up to me with the latest model, saying it was a house. I glanced up, expecting the usual box with a tree outside, but no, this was the ground floor of a house complete with kitchen and bedroom. And it really looked like a kitchen! And it wasn't just copied form the book, he had used some ideas and developed them. Really amazing!

SO if you have a child (or adult) at home who loves Lego but is finding it hard to take it up a notch, grab this book. Perfect as a gift for all ages. Visually stunning, creatively stimulating.

A++++
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