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My older son and younger nephew are both dedicated Lego fans. Beginning around age 6, they could not get enough information about Lego . . . nor enough Lego sets. Thousands of dollars later their thirst is still not slaked. This book is less expensive than most of the better Lego kits, and will bring many hours of pleasure to those who love Lego. If you are a teenager, you will probably find this book a bit elementary and will likely see it as a four-star book. If you are an adult, you will mainly enjoy the illustrations of amazing Lego models that the master builders have created, and this will be a three-star book for you.
The book has a little of everything. You get a thumbnail background on the company's history, key dates for major innovations, how master builders are selected, major exhibits from the three LEGOLAND parks (in Denmark, the U.K., and California), and the latest in robotics, software and merchandise. The book also shows how Lego can be used to create scale models for explaining ideas (such as the ones for how Lego blocks are manufactured), as well as bringing major buildings to life (such as the 21-foot-tall Empire State Building). The final section shows how Lego blocks can be employed to create sculpture and artistic images.
"Our aim is to stimulate children to become masters of their own lives . . . ." And Lego has been successful at that. While most children start out slavishly following the kits, soon they jumble all of the pieces together and just start making up their own objects. That's when Lego's flexible potential becomes important. In fact, that's how master builders are qualified, by taking a random group of components and seeing what they can build in 45 minutes. In essence, Lego is a tool for creating something physical out of a mental concept using virtually identical pieces of different sizes and colors.
Many Americans will not have seen any of the LEGOLANDs, and the glimpses of what models are found there will probably whet the appetite for more, probably only to be satisfied by an actual trip.
The book could have been improved by providing more technical detail on some of the most interesting models, so that those who are interested in creating similar models would know what components are needed and in what quantitites (and at what cost). Another potential improvement would have been to have included sections about some of the best model builders, where they could describe how they think about creating models.
The main drawback of the model illustrations is that many are too small to give you a full sense of what the models look like. Fold-out pages with adults standing next to the Lego models would have helped in a number of cases.
On the other hand, I am unaware of any other book about Lego that approaches this one for quality, scope and reader interest. So, if you know some who loves Lego, you should probably give them this book as a gift before they buy it for themselves. You'll be a hero or heroine!
After you finish this book, I suggest you consider how you can establish greater Lego challenges that will help create more problem-solving ability. For example, you might encourage your child to see what models can be made with the fewest pieces or the smallest variety of pieces.
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on 21 June 1999
Being Lego collectors, my Wife & I got this early, direct from the publishers. It's a typical D.K. book i.e. concentrates on good clear pictures with easy to read text. We loved everything : the history of Lego, great Lego creations, results of Lego competitions, interesting ideas, product development and even the Lego parks. Yes, it's aimed at Children, but all Lego fans will ove it !
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on 31 August 2012
As a teacher of 6 and 7 year olds, I bought this book to encourage the boys to read more. It hasn't reached school yet as my own 3 and 5 year old have been poring over it since it arrived! It is full of great pictures and the text details the history of Lego and the Legolands around the world. It would appeal to adult and child Lego fans. Although it is a few years old and some of the newer lego themes do not appear, this doesn't detract from it's appeal.
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Here is another of those wonderful Dorling Kindersley titles that you can open at any page and be amazed. I can't really add much more than the Editorial Synopsis above regarding the contents, except to say that this is a beautifully produced book with well thought out editorial content, large photos (mostly as cutouts with a grey drop shadow that makes them float on the page) with excellent captions. Some of the models are quite amazing, frequently using hundreds of thousands of bricks and used in the Lego theme parks.

There are some lovely touches throughout the pages, ten to twenty-three has a company time-line showing how Lego originated and as the years go by keeping up with new developments in technology so that now the little bricks come with chips. Pages thirty-two to thirty-seven explain how bricks are made and to illustrate this an assembly line of Lego was constructed and photographed.

Buyers of this book should know that it is not a how-to manual though, there are a few pages of things to make, including (pages seventy-one and two) a beautiful moving skeleton that looks like it has less than fifty pieces. As the basic Lego unit is an oblong brick, curves have always been a problem and model makers who join the company have to learn how to make round things out of straight things. I noticed that one area still defies a credible solution: lettering! Any letters have to be made of straight lines and with capitals like A and R they end up looking the same.

I think, for the price, this is a wonderful book that any Lego user will enjoy.
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on 30 September 2012
Bought this book for my son who is a massive lego fan. We went to legoland this year & some things in the book will relive the visit.Very pleased with the book.Well worth buying.I bought it in a very good condition.Will give it to him as one of his birthday presents.Know it will be well looked at.Overall very very pleased.
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on 21 July 2012
My son has been taking this book out of our library for 9 months now and when I saw this I had to buy it for him. He will get years of enjoyment out of it. Plus I love that I am buying it from a great organization!
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on 19 May 2014
Pictures but of no practical use whatsoever. Has not been looked at again. Very disappointing. The children are great Lego fans but this was of no interest to them.
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on 18 January 2014
My nephew loved this book. He's six and a serious Lego enthusiast. This gave him lots of new ideas and kept him busy (and quiet) looking through the book for hours.
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on 15 May 2013
Son loves it and keeps looking at it, will last years, lots of interesting facts in it and it has encouraged him to read
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on 20 August 2015
1 paper cover was torn and the other paper cover was missing but will be a great book for the kid's
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