Oh, who doesn’t like to build with lego? I spent hours as a child playing with lego and have had lots of fun playing with my boy child…though the older he gets the more he keeps himself busy with other things and plays less with his mama. BUT this book is cool! Making animals from around the world, using the designs in Beasts from Bricks. It’s great!
15 different animals which take you through the different continents of the world, teaching you the skills you need to design your own lego models of various animals you can meet in your life (or perhaps WISH you could meet in real life).
You get to build animals such as the African Elephant, Indian rhinocerous, Suffolk sheep, walrus, jack rabbit, anteater and a wombat (as well as others). I loved that each new animals was introduced to us along with why the author builder created them.
You will find detailed parts lists along with a colour key. The parts list is in full colour with numbers written alongside. I didn’t find those numbers worked well with the Lego Store, so they might be with another area? I don’t know. BUT I do know you could go into any Lego Store with this book and they could help you find any pieces that you need, since the picture is on the page along with it’s colour. Easy peasy!
After the opening section you get into the meat of the build. Full colour illustrations walk you step by step through the build. As long as you are paying attention (and don’t skip steps) you can complete your build. You may even find yourself inspired to find other animals you can build. Sometimes to just be changing the colour (as in making a white sheep black, or multi coloured), or by using the skills you have been taught to come up with your own designs. Who knows what you’ll be able to build eh?
Little things I liked: Each animal is colour coded, so you know all the blue is one animal, different builds he’s made pictured at the back of book, clear instructions, image of finished animal, and the pedestal each animal is placed on so you aren’t limited to stance or flat surfaces.
Get this book. Have fun learning about and then building animals from all over the world. It’ll be great fun, you know it! 🙂
Beasts from bricks
Lego, building, STEM, animals, engineering
Reviewed for: Quarto Group