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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 10
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1ST edition (September 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756686067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756686062
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (595 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A 2012 IRA & CBC Children's Choices selection.

About the Author

Daniel Lipkowitz is a LEGO(r) Group Senior Writer and story developer. He writes for LEGO Master Builder Academy and LEGO Club Magazine, creates characters and storylines for new LEGO themes, and writes scripts for animated LEGO movies and videos. He is also the author of DK's bestselling The LEGO Book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Saw the book at the library and had to order it.
M. Kline
I bought him this book to help give him ideas of new things he can build with all of the different types of Lego pieces he already has.
Laurennz85
My six year old grandson loves this book we gave him for Christmas.
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435 of 446 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Meyer on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a child of the 80's, I remember fondly the old LEGO Idea books. In those books, there were lots of photos of LEGO creations, and instructions that showed how to build some of the models in the book. I remember the Lego Idea Book 6000 the best, that's the one that follows Bill and Mary as they build a house, explore a city, travel to space, and then back in time to a medieval castle. When I saw the title of this book, the obvious connection was to those old books, so how does it compare?

The one thing that's missing is the instructions - this is not an instruction manual. Also, unlike Sean Kenney's smaller books (Cool City, Cool Cars and Trucks, and Cool Robots), this is a big book - nearly 200 pages! Like Sean's books, this book is filled with photos of LEGO creations. Like Sean's books, the intent of the book is to give you ideas on how to build things. You'll find that a lot of ideas can be crammed into 200 pages.

The book is broken up into sections, essentially these are: vehicles, buildings, spaceships & robots, castles, pirates & adventure, and real world creations. This last section is very interesting, showing you things such as picture frames and pencil holders made out of LEGO. As you can see, like the old LEGO Idea book, this book hits on many of LEGO's core themes.
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236 of 251 people found the following review helpful By thepolarbearclan on September 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is compiled from models by 6 Lego builders, each tackling certain themes - planes, trains & automobiles; town & country; out of this work; in days of old; a world of adventure; and make and keep. A list of Lego elements used is shown with each of these 6 sections. Followed by the models. The last part of each section is "meet the builder" which is Q&A with the builder with questions like, "How old were you when you started using Lego?", "What are some of your top Lego tips?", etc.

Kids love to look and gawk at the models in this book. The models range from very simple, such as furniture and rickshaw, to the complicated houses and hot air balloon. The creative level of these builders is amazing and the models inspirational. However, don't try to build (most of) these models yourself unless you have been collecting various Lego elements through the years. There are different views of the models -- usually 2 of the following: front view, rear view, side view, top view. Many of the "unique" or special elements are not found in Lego's Pick A Brick store. The ones that can be found in the Pick A Brick store are sometimes listed under different names in the book. This is why this book only gets 3 stars from me.

Things I would like to see in the 2nd edition of this book:
1. An index at the end of the book. -- a listing of various models, such as Biplane, Microplane and Triplane, instead of just Airplane in the table of contents page.
2. Lego element ID used. -- this would help in Pick A Brick store.
3. Using more standard parts instead of the specialized elements. -- even better if the builders can build using certain tubs and sets, or recommend the sets to buy to get most of the specialized elements.
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163 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Alex Huang on October 16, 2011
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We bought this book for our 8 year old son's birthday and he loves it. In contrast to other reviewer's negative comments that the book lacks detailed instruction, this is the feature our son likes best. In his words, "you can use your brain and think about it."
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful By M.C. on April 10, 2012
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We thought this book would be great since my 5 year old is just getting into Legos. Opened it up and realized that every project in this book looks like it requires non-standard, specialty Lego kit pieces- and lots of them. I didn't see any projects in this book that you could build using standard Lego pieces. Returned the book the next day.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By LegoDad on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book contains great full-page spreads on Lego projects that anyone could adapt. The book is separated into thematic chapters including:

Automobiles
Houses and Landscaping
Future/Space
History
Adventure
Lego-built Real Objects

Potential buyers should be aware of a few issues.

-This book does not contain step-by-step instructions. It provides pictures for inspiration as well as some building tips, but it is not a detailed how-to guide.
-Although another reviewer complained that the book requires too many specialized pieces, I did not find this to be a problem. Many of the builds include variations, and the whole purpose of the book is to help builders adapt concepts to their own builds instead of creating exact copies of the images in the book. In fact, the book has pages with "useful pieces for this type of theme" but these are hardly restrictive.

My wife especially likes the "Meet the Builder" features in each chapter that include a short bio about those who contributed to the book.

I would eagerly buy a sequel to this book that focused on other Lego themes. The images are fantastic, the ideas are clever, and I think I, as a novice MOCer, can learn a lot from this book and share it with my son once he graduates from DUPLO to LEGO. At $15, this hardcover book is a steal.
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