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Thursday 10 January 2019

Review: Brick City: London

London is filled with iconic landmarks and symbols.

In Brick City: London, you'll learn how to construct 20 London-themed LEGO creations. These are unofficial projects, made from the famous colourful bricks.

One of the first projects offered in the book is the famous red phone box. Although it is no longer as easily found as it used to be, there are still some around, and many have been re-purposed.

The 'how to' includes a list (with pictures) of the various bricks needed to complete the project, along with step-by-step diagram-based instructions.

There's also a short introduction with facts about the phone box and its history.

Did you know it was 'inspired by the grave of architect Sir John Soane and his family in a churchyard in St Pancras'?

Other projects include: the front door of Number 10 Downing Street, a black raven from the Tower of London, the British Museum, an underground train and a double-decker bus.

Additional examples of LEGO constructions are depicted, but without project instructions. They can serve as inspiration for planning and building other models on your own.

Brick City: London is one of a series of Brick City books. New York and Paris are the two other cities currently featured.

A bit of imagination can go a long way, but you will be amazed what can be made out of such simple shapes, and a few instructions. And quite likely prompted to dig out any LEGO in your house as soon as possible.

Title: Brick City: London
Author: Warren Elsmore 
Publisher: Lonely Planet, $24.99
Publication Date: November 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781787018037
For ages: 9--12 years
Type: Junior non-fiction