Building Tales with Syd and Friends is the first book published by Construct-a-Venture, a collaboration between Megan Rothrock, author of the LEGO Adventure Books and James Foulds, ex-LEGO Community Manager.
It's a comic strip book in which array of weird and whacky brick-built characters who inhabit colourful and varied environments introduce young readers to building techniques and ideas. There are also instructions for a number of mini-models scattered throughout as well.
The 45-page paperback is very well produced with great photography and is a pleasure to flick through. There's not a lot in it for seasoned AFOLs but I suspect kids will enjoy it and take inspiration from the ideas, as is the intention of the authors.
Some of the characters are quite cool and it's a shame that instructions for them are not provided. Perhaps they'll be made available on the duo's website in the future.
Thanks to Megan for providing a copy to review. All opinions expressed are my own.