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Cool City Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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Students will likely be fascinated with the details… (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Sean Kenney, author of Cool Robots and Cool Cars and Trucks, likes to prove you can build anything with LEGO bricks. He makes sculptures and models out of LEGO at his studio in New York City, and his work has inspired kids to create great things themselves. He is recognized as one of the premier LEGO brick builders in the world.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Stk edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Meyer on September 21, 2011
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I've been a fan of this author since stumbling upon his Cool Cars and Trucks a few years ago, so I was very excited when I heard that his third book was coming out. Once again, we are presented with many wonderful creations in LEGO to awe and inspire young and old builders alike.

I think it's important to understand what this book is and what it isn't. First off, you can see that the book is 32 pages. For those who have LEGO City sets, the average instruction manual probably has at least that many pages - so this isn't an instruction manual. This book doesn't have many words either - most of the pages have about one sentence at most.

What you will find in this book are many wonderful photos - in this case scenes out of a City made of LEGO bricks. Most of the creations are in minifig scale, but the author also includes some micro-scale creations as well to show you what is possible. The book includes a few simple instructions, in this case how to build a food cart, statue, some micro-scale buildings, a stop light, a soda machine, a food stand, and a couple of minfig scale buildings (one with a working elevator). The book also includes a bonus sticker sheet, which includes stickers for the soda machine, food cart, and street signs (among others).

The wonderful thing about Sean's books is that they appeal to a wide age range. My children (age 3 & 6) love these books for the photos which recreate scenes out of every day life in LEGO - and since the books are light on text they make great bedtime books for the kids. As your kids get older, they can use the instructions to build the models, or as inspiration to build their own creations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Curtis on July 23, 2012
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I purchased this book for my 9 year old son. It's full of great ideas on building small scale towns with your own bricks. Contains labels/signage to complete the builds.
A good inspirational book for kids who learn visually and can use hints in how to apply bricks in new ways.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on March 31, 2012
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Do you love LEGOs? Well, this book is for you! This book takes you on a trip around a LEGO city, and gives you instructions on how to make the buildings, the food carts, various vehicles and much more. I would recommend this book to LEGO fans, both young and old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 29, 2013
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I got this for my niece who LOVES legos. Great pictures to look at. But it doesn't give ideas on how to BUILD the items.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica T. Mirzaian on December 4, 2012
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My 6 year old son is a lego fanatic and doens't really need help with "ideas" as many of the lego books out there provide. What he needs is some help figuring out HOW to make his ideas happen. This book does just that. It helps him think outside the box and create things that look different from traditional lego contruction - Kenney uses lego pieces differntly than the lego manufacturers do. We have all his books and they are regularly open on the lego table helping to inspire my son to create new and interesting things. Thanks Sean Kenney!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 9, 2012
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There is something so sculptural about LEGO. The ability to fiddle around with it and make something interesting, symmetrical, usable is very satisfying. Sean Kenney gives tips and pointers for how to build added features into your LEGO creations -- like hinges, so the buildings swing open to play inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cd on February 16, 2012
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My three year old grandson flipped when I gave him this book. With so much excitement we sat down right away and started looking through the book. He could not put it down. Needless to say he felt like he had a big boy lego book like his big brother. Way too cute. Thanks so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd A. Lindstrom on September 1, 2013
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I thought this would be more of a step by step guide. While it has pretty pictures it does not really tell you HOW to build - more of ideas what you could build if you wanted to...
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