As the No Starch Publishing press release for The LEGO Adventure Book, Volume One: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! states: “The beauty of LEGO building is that you can make almost anything. But sometimes every builder needs a bit of inspiration.” Those words are certainly true. I have built with LEGOs all my life, and have had the great joy of sharing this fun with my son in recent years.
The things that can be built with LEGOs never fail to amaze me. In fact, No Starch Press has published books with plans to build working guns, (shooting LEGOs of course), and some very fun “prank” contraptions. The LEGO world is one of unlimited possibilities, but what makes this new book so enjoyable are the great models it presents, the construction of which are shown step by step, in glorious color.
Author Megan H. Rothrock’s new LEGO Adventure Book is a story involving the construction of various LEGO objects, led by our heroine “Megs.” The book begins with the introduction of Megs, who (in a dialogue balloon-bubble) says “Before I begin my travels, I’ll need to set up my home base first. I’ll call up the idea lab.” In the first chapter, she builds her “idea lab,” and even a robot helper, “Brickbot.”
What follows is a very cleverly laid out book of adventures for Megs, who learns how to build all sorts of neat LEGO projects. In this 200-page book, we are given step-by-step instructions for 25 models, including dinosaurs, trains, medieval villages, spaceships, airplanes, and many others. There are also nearly 200 fully-built examples of some very wonderful items. All are in full color, which adds a whole new dimension to the book. Frankly, I have never seen a LEGO book that looks as wonderful as this one.