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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
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Yes it uses some pieces that aren't normal pieces but if your child has a million sets, like my does, then you'll be fine. I like that this shows items my son would never think of, like it shows a bench and a traffic light! He would never think of that on his own. I also loveeeeee that this has stickers for the Legos, it helps the finished item come to life! I can't wait to see my sons eyes light up when he gets this.
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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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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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The children loved this book. It inspired them to create some very innovative structures. Loved the pictures and the initial directions put them on the path to be able to create on their own. They also loved the trucks and cars book by same author.
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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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