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LEGO: A Love Story
     

LEGO: A Love Story

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by Jonathan Bender
 

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An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the

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An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down?

In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participates in challenges at fan conventions, searches for the largest private collection in the United States, and visits LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he finds his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor—to have a child. His two worlds intertwine as he awaits the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises—and a happy ending.

  • Explores the world of adult fans of LEGO, from rediscovering the childhood joys of building with LEGO to evaluating LEGO's place in culture and art
  • Takes an inside look at LEGO conventions, community taboos, and build challenges and goes behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters and LEGOLAND
  • Tells a warm and personal story about the attempt to build with LEGO and build a family

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470909034
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

Jonathan Bender is a freelance features writer; his work has appeared in Time Out New York, Women's Health, CNN.com, ESPN.com, and the Kansas City Star. This is his first book. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Kate, and has significantly more than the 62 LEGO bricks that exist for every man, woman, and child in the world today.

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LEGO 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to be as AFOL!!! I'm already a fan of Lincoln Logs. My mom wanted to glue mine together, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING book. I SO want to be an AFOL! TOTALLY worth the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO LEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Id give at least 30 stars!
Amy Lovell More than 1 year ago
lego has now officially mastered the art of writing! what will they accomplish next? legos in space? :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG i loved it
Sarah Kane More than 1 year ago
cool
Charles Painter More than 1 year ago
This book ownz! LEGO is incredible! Along with mr. jonathan!
Model_Gal More than 1 year ago
A fun and interesting look at what Adult LEGO fans are really like. Travel with author Jonathan Bender as he goes from LEGO Fan Conventions, to the LEGO headquarters in Denmark, and to LEGOLAND California. Written in a fun and witty style Bender takes us all back to our childhoods and how some people never left their love for the brick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO DOES LEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have a minecraft lego set its $100 i so want it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I AGREE WITH #8 I LOVE LEGOS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because Zack is in collage having trouble but its to bad he goes to kindergarten again and sufferes his journey to a life of supprise i am a teacher at froghands elementery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so good that we all think you shod reed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Legos rule minecraft sucks dick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to percy jackson and read a story it starts with part six.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi i dont know whare you are but i love you T.M.M love fuge:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do u get when you take legos building blacks licken logs playing outside and a computer from the first time a computer was made and you put um all togeather and walllia you het minecraft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love legos! I aim to become a lego city designer one day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HATE MINECRAFT IT STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and thats final.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will's bio is at hlm res one. He is a son of zeus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thiz book is so fun because i could learn other type of things like towers,buildings and more fun things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats some pretty adavced writting for a 'first grader'. That was really pretty good, quite nice actully. I see no major problems, typical typing errors but lets be honest; These keyboards stink. <br>It was very direct, laying out the information. Frankly being direct is hard to do and yours really wasnt to bad. It takes a lot of practice to be able to persent infromation directly in away that isnt distracting so you should be proud. It felt a tad bit rushed towards tha end but nothing to bad. All in all that was pretty good and really intresting. I deffently look foward to reading more of your work.<p>&bull;&bull;Ana
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How old are you Ethan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys who like minecraft on i-pad 0,1,0