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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087611
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1–5—Crisp color photographs and diagrams show how to construct various vehicles with Lego blocks, including pocket-size cars and variations on an SUV. Some of the diagrams are confusing, but children with plenty of experience working with Legos should be able to follow the steps. Unfortunately, readers must scan the directions to identify needed pieces; there's no supply list at the beginning of each project. The text is limited. For example, a spread labeled "Taxis of all sizes" says, "If you don't have enough LEGO pieces to build a big car, try making the same car in a smaller size." The book is much narrower in focus than The Ultimate Lego Book (DK, 1999).—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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“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


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Sean Kenney is a renowned artist and "professional kid" who uses LEGO pieces to design and create contemporary sculpture for high-profile clients, major corporations, and venues around the globe.

The New York Times calls Sean's work the "artistic elite" of LEGO-building. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BBC news, PBS Arts, ABC World News, HGTV, Wired, ELLE, and more.

Sean has three internationally-touring exhibits, is the author of several inspirational, instructional children's books, and operates the world's largest online LEGO fan community.

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Customer Reviews

Great book with tons of ideas for young creative minds.
Emily Salentine
My grandson who is four loves the book and is able to look at the pictures and build cars and trucks from it.
L. Pickering
I highly recommend this series for all Lego builders out there.
Brenda

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Guide Mom on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son is a certified Lego fan. He loves to build cars and has been a car child since 3 years old. He has almost every Lego racer kit on the market. He routinely takes them apart to make a new creations. When I saw this book I knew this was a must have.
From the moment we got the book he has not put it down. We have all recreated a lot of the designs and have been inspired to make new designs. He loves sharing his designs on Sean's website.

This book also makes a great gift for the Lego fan in your life. My son's official review is "This book is awesome. Where is the next one?"
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Mitchell on March 21, 2010
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I originally wrote a review of this book when I first bought it and at that time my Son was younger. At the time he was younger and needed experience. I tried building items in here and cannot but now I realize why. I am one of those people that need Lego instructions because I can only build things that way. My Son is now 6 and can build anything in this book. I would recommend that if you buy this book you purchase it for someone that already has a good working knowledge of building with Legos. It is especially good for someone who builds things free hand (without lego instructions). My Son likes this book so much we just bought the one about building Cool buildings.
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Sean Kenney was introduced to LEGO bricks when he was a child and obviously the fascination for them never abated because he now is "recognized as one of the premier LEGO brick builders in the world." In this book you can see a photograph of him at work sculpting a bust of a man in his studio. Container after container of LEGOS can be seen on the shelves behind him. Most kids don't have as many blocks as Sean does, but if you have a passion for them and a few containers, you're going to love building some of these cars and trucks in this book!

Some of the cars in this book can be patterned after a single model that you'll have directions for, while other things like simple furniture on the "Moving Day" page can be easily built by the average reader just by looking at them. The first photograph we see is of a car carrier hauling SUVs and they are some cool. In fifteen clearly diagramed steps you can create your own SUV. With a few additions or subtractions you can make a Sports coupe, Pickup truck or a Minivan, each of which are photographed for you to see. Other cars and trucks included are taxis, sporty cars like a police cruiser, airport vehicles, working trucks (heavy equipment), "pocket-sized crazy cars," rescue vehicles, a semi rig, visuals to design your own trucks and more!

This is a great book for the budding LEGO fan with a wide assortment of projects to build. I liked the vibrant colors and theme of the book. Each model that does have directions has step-by-step instructions and illustrations that make building easy and fun. The book also encourages youngsters to be creative and shows additional vehicles that can be made by altering a few simple details or blocks. If you have a LEGO fanatic in the house, this would be a great gift . . . along with a few extra LEGO pieces!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail A. Vold on December 23, 2009
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I was looking for directions for my 7 year old granddaughter to use to build with Legos. It took her no time at all to build some of these vehicles by herself. I just have to get her more Legos because she didn't have enough to make them all at the same time! Great book!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lawson T Gwyn on November 8, 2011
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If you are reading this review then you probably have the internet and do not need to buy this book.

The book contains instructions for five small vehicles, and the rest is nothing more than pictures. All of the cool or interesting looking vehicles have no instructions included with the book. If you can look at a picture of a Lego construction and figure out how to build it, then great. But this also brings up my point that you do not need this book. If all you need is a picture of a project from one angle, then by all means save yourself some money and use the internet. Do a Google image search. Heck, I can find better instructions from an eight year old kid on YouTube!

I bought this book hoping to get some instructions for my son and me on how to build "cool cars and trucks." What I got was a book full of nice photos. Save your money and use the internet. There are better instructions and better pictures online.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Rector on March 30, 2012
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Our son loves Lego blocks, but he only wants to follow plans. He has little interest in coming up with his own ideas so far. We bought this book thinking it was essentially a collection of plans for cars and trucks. While there were a few plans, mostly it was pictures of cars and trucks already assembled, and my son at 8 years old has shown zero interest in trying to recreate the cars and trucks without more detailed plans.

Maybe when he is a bit older he'll use it to gain inspiration, but for now this book is collecting dust and was a waste of money for us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gus on January 18, 2011
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The book has pictures of many things it doesn't provide patterns for. A bit frustrating if you want to build everything they picture. Also you probably won't have all the necessary pieces for everything. It still is a fun book for generating ideas. We were able to build some of the things in the book.
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