While the Lego® constructions within these board-book pages are ingenious, Kenney’s artistry may be lost on those not yet beyond Duplo® blocks.
From an apple to an owl to a zipper, Legos® make up almost every object in this book. Each page features a Lego® sculpture, the first letter of the item constructed out of the blocks and a one-word caption labeling the object, all against a solid background. A full alphabet is included on the last page with, again, each letter built out of bricks. That a man can make a living building with blocks is astounding, and several of Kenney’s Lego® creations are impressive and clever, particularly the shoe, the violin and the zipper. Many of the items will be easy for young children to identify in their Lego® forms, such as a house, an owl, a train and a red wagon. Others will be difficult for youngsters to name without some adult assistance, like the goblin, the kites, the nails and the yo-yo. The choice to publish this as a board book is puzzling, since children enjoying board books are typically not building with choke-hazard Legos®, and those kids who love Legos® tend to find board books babyish.
Stick with Kenney’s hardcover titles for the Lego®-obsessed. (Board book. 2-4 years)