Thursday, January 23, 2014

Book Review of Brick by Brick: My Custom LEGO Racer

Author: Chris Capps

I love to read.  It's always been one of my favorite things to do.  As a mother, some of my reading selections have changed over the years.  I now read about parenting, time management, and home organization in addition to interesting fiction stories (which I don't have the chance to read often enough).  Recently, though, I was asked to review a book about LEGO.  If you have followed my blog for more than a week, you'll see we are HUGE fans of LEGO bricks.  It started out with just one LEGO fanatic when my son got his first set as a Christmas gift when he was four, but over the years, all five of us have become LEGO fans.

With this book, I got the chance to combine something I love--reading--with something that I share as a connection to my sons--LEGO.  I love it when worlds combine.





In the beginning, you are introduced to Mad Max.  He takes on the thrill of a lifetime as he details his creation, the X1R Project.  He works for a TOP SECRET company, but is able to share a few details of his project and others that he's completed.  He's commissioned for a prestigious race and makes a racer that dares other cars to even try to compete against him.  The cool part?  He shows you his X1R in very detailed photos, explaining every piece and how each one works to make his racer super fast.  As an exciting surprise, he also shares pictures of his Downhill Race Day!

Not to leave out any part of his team, Mad Max showcases each crew member, security guard, and even Jake, the dog.  My favorite, however, is definitely Aubrey and his spunky mohawk.  There's no shortage of amazing characters in Max's photo album.  Besides, what fun is a book about LEGO without pictures of awesome Minifigures?

However, I think the story following Mad Max's retelling of his amazing race was equally thrilling.  Here, you read how the author of this story, Chris Capps, entered the LEGO Smart Creativity Contest.  I won't give away many details--I don't want to spoil the book for you!--but the journey he took with his family to build something worth entering was awe-inspiring.  I must also say, I got goosebumps when he said they had the chance to meet Stephen Turnipseed, the President of LEGO.  (And yes, that's really his name!)  The result of the contest was....well, to find out, you'll have to read the book!






Side Note: I've finally taken the time to look up the correct spelling of LEGO.  It's just that...LEGO.  Not Lego.  And there are no Legos.  It's LEGO, both singular and plural.  LEGO bricks if you must.  But certainly not Legos.  Sorry for the mistakes in previous posts...I'm now educated on the proper usage.  :)

I received a copy of this book to review.  I was not compensated for my review, my opinions are mine! :)  Besides, who wouldn't love a book about LEGO bricks?


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