Book Review: LEGO Holiday Ideas (DK Books)

LEGO: Holiday Ideas

$14.99, For Ages 6+ DK Publishing,76 pages

LEGO: Holiday Ideas is a what I would call a guidebook more than anything else. There’s only one set of directions, and that’s for the exclusive reindeer set you get in the book. There are some pages for credits, and then over 50 separate LEGO builds that can be made by the reader. There’s a total of 76 pages in this book, so there ie a lot of building going on!

LEGO: Holiday Ideas plunges the reader into building models from the start, and at the end, there is a listing of useful parts. This is a little odd to me – the listing would be more helpful at the beginning of the book to help familiarize the reader with the variety of elements that are available and useful. 

Excerpted from LEGO® Holiday Ideas reprinted by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2019
What makes this book a good resource is that the models inside are easy to build – some of them have breakdowns, but most of them are easy to figure out. The difficulty range is from easy to lightly complex. The models also don’t need rare parts (although there are some parts that I haven’t seen before – the transparent 2×2 round plates used on the wreath on page 12 are not in any sets) and make the assumption that the reader already has parts to build with.

However, LEGO: Holiday Ideas excels in showing ideas. There are models for the usual Christmas holiday items: presents, Christmas trees, Santa’s Sleigh, snowflakes and the exclusive reindeer. There’s also models for games and Santa’s workshop! With the ideas are techniques. The book, which is small, can be used as a glossary of building techniques for a builder to refer to in the off season. With the book’s heavy focus on visuals, it lends itself to the builder looking for a technique to make a wall or tree or even a monorail!

Excerpted from LEGO® Holiday Ideas reprinted by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2019

All together, LEGO: Holiday Ideas is a good guidebook for a family (or group) to do a little building and have a lot of fun. With the games inside the book, more than one person can get involved in creating and playing – which is something that only a few LEGO sets can do. The book can also be used to challenge family members or classmates to build. The possibilities are only as limited as the amount of LEGO onhand to build.

The exclusive set is a nice addition, but isn’t a necessary part of any of the builds inside the book – with the majority of the parts being brown, there isn’t much to go with in building further in LEGO: Holiday Ideas. It’s a fun way to start building, though!

So would I recommend the book? Yes I would! I think it would be a great book for a class or family to share. However, I would also recommend that the builder or builders look inside the book beforehand to make sure that they have the parts they need to build what they want.

Most importantly, this is a book that should be bought before the holiday to be used during the holiday!

This book will be released October 1, 2019 and can be preordered from Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and

 

 

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