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The ultimate LEGO book.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
124 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Reading Level:
1110 Lexile.
Corporate Subject:
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NK9509.L45 U58 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction New Materials

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The Ultimate LEGO Book contains everything that LEGO fans have ever wanted to know about the LEGO Group and the LEGO System of toys. The book begins with a detailed visual timeline that tells the remarkable story of the company that grew from a village carpenter's workshop into one of the world's best-known family brands. The LEGO Masterbuilders section reveals how professional LEGO model makers work, and mow several incredible LEGO models are made. the book then explores the LEGOLAND theme parks and reveals the secret of many of their most exciting attractions. The final section examines the unlimited possibilities of the LEGO brick, and how this apparently simple toy has inspired numerous architects, designers, and artists. Not content with raiding LEGO photo archives from London to California, DK sent editors, designers, and photographers to LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark, and to the LEGO model-making centers at Billund and Windsor, England, to make this book the complete guide to the LEGO universe.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8, and Lego lovers of any age. Anybody who has ever played with Legos will feel compelled to study the photographs in this book: the bust of Einstein, the model of Grand Central Station, the Mona Lisa, to name a few. Those who can tear themselves away from the pictures to read the text will find an interesting history of this famous family-owned company. Information about Lego model makers, people who are paid to build with Legos, is included, as well as a chapter on the competitions the LEGO company offers for children. But chapters about how Lego's expansion into other products (clothing, etc.), and its attempts to position itself as a the leading brand for children around the world makes much of the text read more like an annual report than a book for children. It's unnecessary, unless you're interested in having conversations with children about becoming smart consumers. It's the exciting visuals that may make the book worth its price. --Kathy Broderick

Table of Contents

K. K. Kristiansen
The LEGO Story
Forewordp. 6
A World All Its Ownp. 8
Work Hard, Play Wellp. 10
A System of Playp. 12
A Perfect Fitp. 14
Parks and Peoplep. 16
Serious Funp. 18
Full Speed Aheadp. 20
A World Leaderp. 22
A LEGO Lifestylep. 24
Media Magicp. 26
Bricks with Chipsp. 28
The Design Conceptp. 30
Making LEGO Elementsp. 32
Stage Twop. 34
And Finally...p. 36
LEGO Master Builders
The Master Buildersp. 38
The Professionalsp. 40
Modelshop Billundp. 42
Building Mt. Rushmorep. 44
Modelshop Windsorp. 46
Grand Central Stationp. 48
Shows and Eventsp. 50
Imagination Rulesp. 52
Animatronicsp. 54
Rainbow Rhythmp. 56
Art of Illusionp. 58
Designing on Paperp. 60
LEGO Letteringp. 62
Building Little Peoplep. 64
How to Make Itp. 66
Imagination Stretchersp. 68
Endless Inventionsp. 70
LEGO Championsp. 72
The LEGOLAND Parksp. 74
Planning the Parksp. 76
Designing in Detailp. 78
LEGOLAND Billundp. 80
A LEGO Worldp. 82
Land of Magicp. 84
LEGOLAND Windsorp. 86
Little Britainp. 88
Endless Entertainmentp. 90
LEGOLAND Californiap. 92
Imagination Zonep. 94
Building Minilandp. 96
New Englandp. 98
New York, New Yorkp. 100
Washington, DCp. 102
Mississippi River Boatp. 104
Mardi Grasp. 106
Star Gazingp. 108
San Franciscop. 110
Sydney Opera Housep. 112
Imagination Unlimited
Imagination Unlimitedp. 114
The Gate of the Presentp. 116
New Visionsp. 118
Design Dynamicsp. 120
Future Sculpturep. 122
LEGO-brick Artp. 124
Indexp. 126
Acknowledgmentsp. 128