Reviews for Cool Creations in 35 Pieces

Booklist Reviews 2013 November #2
After four thematic books in which Kenney used LEGO blocks to construct castles, robots, vehicles, and a city, he shifts gears and takes on a new imaginative challenge: What can he make using just 35 LEGO bricks? It will be no surprise to fans of his Cool Creations series that Kenney dreams up an impressive assortment of robots, transformers, spacecraft, buildings, furniture, vehicles, animals, aliens, and "goofy faces." Directions for some, but not all, of the projects appear as step-by-step, digital drawings on an adjacent page or sidebar. Photographed, the completed creations show up clearly against clean, white backgrounds with just a few black lines suggesting settings. In the introduction, Kenney displays the 35 pieces he uses in the projects. Most are more specialized than the typical LEGO blocks. Readers who can't scrounge the same parts from their own collections can order a kit from his website or, better still, choose their own 35 pieces and challenge themselves. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
A "premier LEGO brick builder" challenges himself to "see how many different creations I could make with the same 35 pieces." Readers are encouraged to create their own designs. If they can't, pictorial instructions for some objects (e.g., robots, vehicles, silly animals) are included. The models have a broad appeal, but the content is slight.

School Library Journal Reviews 2014 January

Gr 2-5--Kenney, a certified LEGO® professional, demonstrates 87 different LEGO® projects that kids can build. From robots and aliens to buildings and animals, all are cleverly made with the same 35 pieces. The creations are photographed on white backgrounds with simple black-line sketches to add interest and clarity. While the vivid close-up photographs make it easy to see each project, it is difficult to judge scale. It is not clear if the pieces are included in typical LEGO® sets. Instead, the author directs readers to his website to purchase pieces. Despite these minor drawbacks, this offering will inspire LEGO® enthusiasts with innovative ideas and step-by-step instructions to help get them started.--Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

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