THE FORBIDDEN POWER by Max Brallier

THE FORBIDDEN POWER

From the "LEGO Nexo Knights" series, volume 1
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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A misfit toy strives to fit in at his new academy.

A spinoff of the animated NEXO KNIGHTS and the eponymous toy line introduces Fletcher, a plucky country orphan off to train at the famous Knights' Academy. Once he arrives at the school, he quickly befriends Izzy, a precocious girl whose brother is a famous alumnus. On an academically mandated scavenger hunt, the pair unearths a strange shield that they believe harbors beneficial powers. Once in possession of the mysterious relic, they learn that the wicked Baron von Bludgeonous is pursuing them, determined to steal the shield and use its power to unleash an unspeakable evil. Will the two yellow underdogs (they are Legos, after all) be able to rise up and save not only their academy, but also the entire kingdom? Superficiality is the order of the day; for example, Fletcher has a mystical, innate force guiding his tough decisions—a gut feeling—that is literally in his gut. Short chapters carry the flimsy and predictable adventure, which seems better suited for its animated counterpart than a prose novel. Littered with name-dropping references to the many facets of the franchise, this feels like a protracted commercial lacking the visual interest of the cartoon or the creativity of the building sets. While certainly current, once the next Lego darling is introduced, this flash in the pan will be relegated to obscurity.

Perhaps there is appeal for dyed-in-the-wool fans, but it’s not likely to make converts. (Fantasy. 7-10)

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-338-04183-5
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2016




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