The LEGO Zoo by Jody Padulano has just been published by No Starch Press. It was originally published in Italian by another publisher last year, I believe.
The 200-page softback contains instructions to build 50 colourful zoo animals almost entirely from basic pieces, and that is a large part of its appeal.
There are dozens of books published nowadays that provide building instructions for models but often they require new or hard-to-find parts. That's not necessarily a problem for you and I because we we have thousands of pieces and know how to get any that we don't have, but for the average family or KFOL who's not likely to have such a broad collection of bricks, it can be offputting and disappointing.
This book, then, is ideal for the younger or casual fan, because the models use common parts: bricks, plates, slopes, eye tiles and so on that they are much likely to have or can get hold of easily in the easily obtainable Classic sets.
It's divided into 5 chapters, with models getting progressively larger and more complex as you go through the book. However, even those in chapter 5 will not cause anyone too much difficulty as there's no complex SNOT or other advanced techniques employed.
The instructions are clear and concise and are preceded with a description and photo of the model, and parts list, which includes LEGO element numbers.
To be honest this is not a book that most AFOLs will get excited about but they are not the intended audience. It is, however, absolutely perfect for young builders and would therefore make an ideal Christmas gift for one.
Thanks to No Starch Press for providing this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.