The nice folks over at No Starch Press have sent me a copy of Megan Rothrock's latest book to review ahead of its publication next month.
The LEGO Adventure Book 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons and More! to give it its full title, is the follow-up to the first in the series, published this time last year, which was well received and by all accounts, a great success. If you haven't already done so, read our review to see what we thought of it.
The easiest way to describe this volume is 'more of the same' and that's not a bad thing, because, as I've said before, they "are unlike other LEGO books and much better for it".
It features the work of Megan and ten other builders, most of whom were not featured in volume 1. We published the list of builders last month. But it's so much more than a collection of photos and building instructions and that's what makes it different, and fun.
Like the first book, there is a narrative running through it which is basically Megs' minifig alter-ego and brickbot sidekick travelling round the world in her 'transport-o-lux' visiting the builders.
This time, however, there's an evil force -- a destructor -- travelling too, who causes havoc wherever he goes (and creates good excuses to show pictures of piles of bricks and instructions for rebuilding the models). Megs has to catch him before he does more damage.
The first model to be trashed is Mark Stafford's beautiful lime green Viper (which was seen at GWLS) but, thankfully, instructions are provided to rebuild it, as shown right. Most of the instructions in the book are presented as photographs of the parts and the building steps and look easy enough to follow.
The contributing builders each have a chapter dedicated to them, most of which consist of a introduction between Megs and the builder's minifig-representation, a comic-strip continuation of the hunt for the destructor, instructions for several of the builder's models, and photos of more complex models for building inspiration, such as these boats by Arjan Oude Kotte.
The book works on many levels. First, the cartoons and the story running through it make it a fun read. It's a lightweight story, admittedly, but kids will enjoy it and it does help hold the book together and is a reason to read it from cover to cover.
Second, it provides well presented instructions for some very cool models. Some are small quick builds, like Yvonne's treadmill, while others are pretty complex, such as Arjan's ferry boat which is a lovely model although I do wonder how many people will actually take the time to gather the parts and build it.
Third, it's a showcase for the featured builders' models which show the reader what's possible with enough skill, bricks and time. This combination makes it unique among LEGO books and will help it appeal to kids and AFOLs alike.
Does Megs catch the destructor and bring him to justice? You'll have to buy the book to find out!
It's published on both sides of the Atlantic in November. You can pre-order it and 'look inside' at Amazon:
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