A simple Lego guy bemoans his lack of style until he discovers his hidden potential for greatness.
Everyone wants to play with the new Lego characters. They have flashy clothes and hair. Those fun, new guys ride the fastest bikes and the “pranciest” ponies. When a “no fun” Minifigure with plain hair and clothes compares himself to others, he feels like vanilla next to a “super-duper chunky happy birthday blast” ice cream. Unlike the new guys, he can’t laugh, shout, or sing. He would cry if he could, but his face stays stuck in a smile. However, a crew of unexpected new friends in animal costumes help him realize the advantage of “keeping it simple.” With imagination, he can transform into anyone and take on any challenge. Written in snarky, first-person narration with speech bubbles for dialogue, this story shares a message about embracing personal strengths. Fenske’s (Plankton Is Pushy, 2017, etc.) sharp sense of humor increases the appeal beyond the popularity of the Lego brand. The juxtaposition of the old brick designs and the newer, more-realistic ones creates an amusing contrast. Bright illustrations full of animated expressions and movement complement the text’s playful tone. Apart from a couple characters (a green monster and a gray, sad clown), the rest of them are Lego yellow.
This story brings a sassy sense of humor and a positive underlying message. (Picture book. 3-5)