Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Matthew Reinhart
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545881043
Hardcover Price: $29.99

Like the system of play that inspired it, Matthew Reinhart's latest book LEGO Pop-Up: A Journey through the LEGO® Universe is as fun for adults as it is for kids.

Matthew Reinhart's study of industrial design served him well in creating this feat of paper engineering. The opening page of the book features an ingenious 3-in-1 pop-up that transforms from racecar to seaplane to Tyrannosaurus Rex. The first spread also includes the history of the brick, the origin of the name LEGO ("play well"), and an introduction to Professor von Brickhausen, who joins readers to explore the LEGO universe.

In the second scene, mini-figures that enhance creative play-pirates, astronauts, even the Statue of Liberty-are among more than one hundred figures that pop-up in a multi-tiered display. A clever rotating wheel allows readers to construct their own character.

Subsequent spreads highlight themed worlds, from a castle that transforms to a scene from outer space to other media-driven environments. The final scene honors the power of limitless imagination with a tower that soars an impressive 22" from the page. At its core, however, the simple interlocking brick-and all its possibilities in the hands of individual creators-remains the heart and soul of the LEGO identity. The modular system of LEGO bricks was designed in 1958 to unleash children's imaginations. The story of its development reveals there are millions of ways that just six 2x4 LEGO bricks can be assembled.

Beyond the "Ode to LEGO," this book celebrates building: of fantasy worlds, of an innovative toy empire, and of incredible 3D paper structures. Matthew Reinhart dedicated this book to his father, "who taught me how to build."

Pamela Pease   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Pamela Pease is a designer, author, educator, and founder of Paintbox Press. She has created pop-up books about Macy's Parade and the Tour de France, as well as award-winning series of books on architecture and design for kids.

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