From the Publisher
“Children who love cars, trucks, and LEGO blocks will find plenty to enjoy in this colorful book. . . . This visually engaging book will attract little ones interested mainly in looking at cars and trucks, as well as older kids, who may actually follow the directions and build some of the projects.” Booklist on Cool Cars & Trucks
“For LEGO enthusiasts, future engineers, and reluctant readers, this is a colorful and inspiring book.” School Library Journal on Cool Robots
“It's fun (and potentially inspiring) to see what can be created with a little imagination, an inclination for building things, and an unlimited supply of interlocking plastic blocks and widgets.” Booklist on Cool Robots
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
What a gift of imagination is fostered by a LEGO set! Kenney takes a creative approach to the popular toy, and his enthusiasm jumps off the pages. This colorful, illustrated collection of engaging miniatures is sure to capture the attention of young readers. It is the author’s hope that visions of knights, drawbridges, and castles from the Medieval Period will appear not only in readers’ minds but also in their playrooms. This book should inspire child readers to work on making similar models. Detailed pictures and instructions encourage both child readers and their adult helpers to produce a variety of original structures that encourage flights of imagination, especially if linked to historical facts or medieval tales read aloud. Chances are that grown up helpers may use this opportunity to relive their own childhood LEGO experiences as they build alongside their child as co-worker and listener. Kenney invites children to make the most of their experience by producing original LEGO structures. Readers will see Kenney’s own New York studio and find out how he started working first with LEGO bricks as well as how he came to be considered the world’s premier LEGO brick builder. The book is filled with colored historically accurate models, which serve as educational tools as well as play objects. They present a fascinating visual record of how life looked in the past, in miniature. Objects and LEGO people liven up each setting. Creativity is emphasized throughout the book; Kenney calls this an “idea book” rather than an instruction manual. He uses everyday LEGO products to create different worlds that once existed. Each two-page spread includes a photo of the model on one side and numbered instruction steps to complete it on the other. Small animals and people round out each scene. The castle, workers, and residents are completing a number of different tasks throughout the book. Readers are reminded that LEGO models can be as large as there are available bricks and they can take the shape of any story a child wishes to create. The fun in all of this is that, with some help, a child can talk about an idea and then see it come to life. Kenney has a web site and asks children to share with him their ideas. All models pictured were completed from off-the-shelf LEGO products, including Castle, Creator, and Harry Potter product lines. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy AGERANGE: Ages 5 to 9.