The LEGO Adventure Book 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More! by Megan H. Rothrock, 2014, Published by No Starch Press
Megs is back with her trusty Brickbot companion robot in The LEGO Adventure Book 2. Boys should not worry about the main character being a girl–as you can see she is not a princess or flowery type of girl! If you missed The LEGO Adventure Book 1 no worries as this book stands on its own. The LEGO Adventure book series reads loosely like comic-style adventure/ building guides.
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The first big LEGO build in this book is The Fire Tragon, a combo of train and dragon. The model has building directions and requires a LEGO train motor, battery box, sensors and remote control. It says it is for fairly experienced builders and that is quite accurate. You need a lot of bricks and specialized pieces to build this creation. Not all of the models in this book are this complex but many are definitely for semi-advanced or LEGO enthusiast builders. The nice thing is that there are small models of things like a bed, a dining table, a movie camera, a market cart, a canon and more that beginner builders can easily construct if they have the proper pieces.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More! is a collection of buildable models and inspirations from 11 different builders. There are clever intros of the builders included here and their personalized minifigs add a nice touch to the book. There are also web addresses so that you can check out more of their work. Each section includes handy building tips that tell of other ways LEGO pieces can be used. I really liked that part.
The story is ok. There is a destructor who is breaking apart creations and Megs goes to help set things right and rebuild them. It gets a bit old after the third time but the point of the book is less a compelling story and more a building guide so I still think it is worth taking a look at–especially if you have an advanced builder on your hands. Finding good books for more advanced model construction and ideas is harder than finding the easy to build type guides.
This book is really great for a boy who wants to take his LEGO building to the next level. There are many good LEGO construction techniques to be learned here. Overall a great book if you are looking for an unusual, more advanced building guide or if your boy is into spaceships, pirates, vehicles, and/or dragons. There are over 100 models and almost 40 of them are buildable. Plenty to keep a LEGO lover busy.
Thanks to No Starch Press for providing a review copy of this book and for the great photos to use in the post. All opinions expressed are my own–of course
You can check out our review of another No Starch Press title here.