The LEGO Neighborhood Book will get you wanting to build all the buildings!
Who wouldn’t want to build their own LEGO neighborhood – right?!
Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles are brothers and the author’s of The LEGO Neighborhood Book. You and your boy will get so many great ideas you won’t want to wait to get started.
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The LEGO Neighborhood Book
My son built a LEGO house long ago and he just keeps adding to it. LEGO houses have a lot of potential for creativity and storytelling. We have played with his house a lot and always have fun.
This book is a great place to start if you want to learn more about building buildings. The buildings are in minifig scale which is so nice as the minifigs can fit on the sofas and move about the house easily.
The authors cover everything from base size, to connecting the buildings, to making a sidewalk and building up the levels, to the ever important design essentials.
My favorite part of the book, and the part I think boys young and old will enjoy, is the selection of small builds for inside your houses. We are excited to try some of the ideas in this book for inside my son’s LEGO house.
The LEGO Neighborhood Book has a lot of building options. There are different styles of TVs, shelving, sofas, chairs, and plants. There are kitchen items, beds, and stuff for the kid’s room. There is lighting, art, and even a toilet! Instructions are not included for all of these builds but most look pretty easy to figure out if one has the pieces.
Having all the pieces can be an issue. The small builds are totally doable if your boy has a decent collection of LEGO. You may need a few specialty pieces (we get ours from the LEGO Pick a Brick shop) or you can substitute a different piece.
If he wants to build the houses, well, that is another story. There are a Lot of pieces in the houses! It could get pretty pricey if you needed to buy the majority of the bricks required for a specific house. See a few solutions to this below if you really don’t want to spring for that many pieces.
The last half of The LEGO Neighborhood Book features a very detailed corner drugstore with directions and three variations of a house. We won’t be making those but I do think we will use some of the techniques they show in the directions for those builds and that is why I still recommend the book.
Exactly 200 pages long and with full color layout this is a substantial and well-done title. If you have been around Brain Power Boy for a while you know that I am very fond of No Starch Press (and no, they don’t pay me to say that! ;p;) I just think they do a really nice job on their books and put out neat titles that boys will like.
Overall, I really like this book. It has a great selection of ideas and while there are no step-by-step instructions for the majority of the small builds I think boys will enjoy making some of those items and/or doing their own take on them.
I also like that they use real architectural names for things in the book–a little extra learning there.
They list the book as for kids ages 10+. I think that depends on the level your son builds at. Younger boys can certainly build many of the accessories.
If you don’t feel you want to build the bigger items in the book due to cost, I would grab a few of these sets and pair it with this book. They can then build the accessories for these houses and also learn a lot of new techniques.
The smaller LEGO Modular Home is the best deal though it is not as detailed as the other two.
Let me know what you think of The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own Town! by Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles by leaving a comment below.
I hope you will pop over to see the Best Books for Boys list which is growing fast and our LEGO page with a lot of fun LEGO stuff.
Hey, if you want to read more about the brothers who put this book out, be sure to take a quick moment to check out our interview with them.