Continuing with another book review from Warren Elsore, we have Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO. The book is a sequel to the best-seller Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO which we have also reviewed. Like the previous book, it contains 256 fully illustrated pages and it retails for $19.99. Also, the cover is a mix of a hard and softback in a sense that it is not a full hardback but soft enough to bend a little.
The first chapter of the book follows its predecessor where it talks about the history of LEGO, where to buy bricks, building tips, LEGO design software, so on and so forth. There is some information about sorting and storing of your LEGO bricks and online resources you can use to help you build.
In a little different format than the previous book, Brick Wonders has the chapters that are categorized into types of wonders in the world including the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Historic Wonders, Modern Wonders, and Natural Wonders.
Like his previous book, there are lots of photos of Warren’s highly detailed builds along with an informative description of the what the subject is about. Included in the chapters are some builds that you can build using the instructions that he has provided like a Mini Sphinx, Trojan Horse, and Chinese Pagoda just to name a few. The instructions again are condensed into one page and are somewhat small. This may give novice builders some trouble when following them.
Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO also includes two 17 1/2″ x 24 3/4″ posters that you can tear off which are suitable for framing. The two poster are of the Great Pyramid of Giza and the International Space Station.
Overall, Brick Wonders is a nice sequel to Brick City. I do like how the chapters are organized by the type of wonder. Again, the photographs are pretty nice to look at and it shows what you could build with some imagination and dedication.
It’s no doubt that there was an insurmountable amount of time taken to bring you Brick Wonders from the building of the models to photography but the book is also not without its faults. The instructions are a nice addition but some of them do have issues, mainly with them being small to see. Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO does make a nice addition to your ever-growing LEGO book collection and I like this one a little more than the previous book. You can pick this one up today at Amazon for a decent price.
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