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Cool Robots Hardcover – September 28, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-5–As he did in Cool Cars & Trucks (Holt, 2009), Kenny presents simple descriptions and various ideas for creating LEGO® models, in this case: robots. The photos will inspire young builders. Particularly difficult to follow, but cool to figure out, is a delivery truck that converts itself into a delivery robot; this is just the type of challenge that enthusiasts are likely to enjoy. Additional examples suggest specific pieces that are useful for creating robot elements. Full-page color scenarios against bright white backgrounds show various settings and activities for robots in the fanciful “Robotopolis” in which robots trim trees, deliver mail, and live as families at work and play. There are small bots, strong bots, and jumbo bots. Interspersed among the images are schematics to follow for specific figures, including a “Snailmadillo” and “Wheeliebot.” For LEGO enthusiasts, future engineers, and reluctant readers, this is a colorful and inspiring book. Others might be more interested in finding out about the author, a certified LEGO professional who graduated from boy model-builder to grown-up model artist.–Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Billed as a LEGO Certified Professional, Kenney offers a book that’s similar in concept and format to his popular Cool Cars and Trucks (2009). The back cover features five “Fun facts about Sean,” leading off with the envy-inducing statement that he “has more than a million LEGO pieces in his studio.” Showcasing a variety of robots and spaceships, this book invites readers to build their own. Detailed drawings accompany instructions for some of the projects, but in most cases readers are left to gaze at the objects shown in the clear, colorful photos and figure out how to reconstruct them. Even kids searching through hundreds of LEGO pieces in their collections may not find every specialized piece shown in the illustrations. Still, it’s fun (and potentially inspiring) to see what can be created with a little imagination, an inclination for building things, and an unlimited supply of interlocking plastic blocks and widgets. Preschool-Grade 4. --Carolyn Phelan
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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 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080508763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087635
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who complains about this book a) not having directions for every single model featured or b) using "too many weird pieces" has clearly missed the point. Sean's books (first Cool Cars and Trucks and now this one) have been lovingly and painstakingly designed in the spirit of the old LEGO idea books, where imagination was the order of the day.

The aim is not to have a thick tome of building instructions, but a book full of images and ideas that help inspire you to become a better builder. There are droids of all scales and shapes, ingenious uses of parts ("Even a trash bin can become a robot body"), and even some neat background models to help establish the robot world.

It's been a long time since LEGO has put out an official idea book, and they've even stopped including alternate model images on their set packaging. (Why? Because people whined about wanting the instructions for EVERY SINGLE THING.) Sean's books are a perfect heir to that throne -- and great for getting young (or adult) LEGO fans to start thinking about how to use those same old pieces in new ways.
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I bought this for my 13 year old son but worried it might be too simplistic for him. He absolutely loves the ideas pictured and has spent hours creating things inspired by the photos in the book.
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We had high hopes for this book. We have 1000s of legos and needed a resource for putting them together in new ways. Sadly, this book uses so many odd pieces that it you spend lots of time looking through your box of legos to find a single piece to make the object in the book. When you find you do not have it, you have to abandon the plan and turn the page. Perhaps the book should be accompanied with a set of odd pieces that make every project work!
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We have a major Lego problem. Once they original set is made, it rarely is remade. This book is great at sparking the imagination- and suggesting new ways to use Legos.
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Author provides some instruction on making robots and they shows pictures of others and encourages readers to make them and create their own. Grandkids liked it but liked the cars and trucks books best.
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By MLE on June 14, 2013
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My grandson has aspburgers and it takes something to hold his attention. He likes putting things together but no imagination. He follows directions well but can't come up with an idea on his own. He loved this.
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We bought this book for our sons. This is the kind of book that is appropriate for all ages. Bright, simple content lets youngsters go through step-by-step builds, and advanced builders extrapolate from detailed dioramas and models. Sean puts the pieces together in novel ways. Well done.
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Bought this for my 10 year old nephew, who has every set of Legos imaginable. Of all the gifts he received at his birthday, he kept going back to this book and another similar Lego book I bought him. He left the other toys laying and sat in a chair, eyes eagerly pouring over every page...talking about which of these robots he was going to build. My gift was the big deal of the day, which is awesome because I'm the Auntie who lives in another state and I only get to see him a few times a year. :-)
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