Book Review: The LEGO Neighborhood Book

The LEGO Neighborhood BookAuthor: Jason Lyles and Brian Lyles

Paperback: 204 pages

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN-10: 1593275714
ISBN-13: 978-1593275716

In The LEGO Neighborhood Book, you’ll create buildings with real-world details like cornices and facades, and try your hand at interior design by filling your buildings with furniture and light fixtures. Then add the finishing touches to your models with plants, traffic lights, scaffolding, and park benches. Snap together a few houses, shops, and apartment buildings to create your own neighborhood!

Inside you’ll find: Complete, step-by-step instructions for four multistory buildings, dozens of inspiring ideas to use in your own models, mini builds for a recliner, old-time lamp post, traffic light, and more, and a gallery of the authors’ designs. For ages 10+

Of the many LEGO books that we’ve had had the pleasure of reviewing in the past, this one, The LEGO Neighborhood Book, is my favorite for sure, and a must own for LEGO enthusiasts.

It is an absolute architectural treat to peruse the pages and see the different techniques used to create the buildings featured. And unlike several of the LEGO books we’ve reviewed in the past, this one has very cool step-by-step instructions for a few of the more specialized features.

But first the buildings. The LEGO Neighborhood Book¬†goes into great instructional detail about how to go about building your LEGO neighborhood and what to look out for in real life architecture that you’d like to duplicate in your models, using photo examples and their LEGO replications to illustrate.

Of course, what makes this book really shiny is the details. And details come in all fashions. There are details for exterior windows. There are details for molding and cornices. Then there are the details for the things that bring your neighborhood to life. Details for park benches, traffic lights, news stands and scaffolding are just a few things for your exteriors, while things like instructions on retail counters, race car beds and toilets are just a few of the amazing details you can add to your interiors. This is only a taste of what the book dives into. The LEGO Neighborhood Book really packs a lot of information into its 204 pages.


My only complaint is that that book is too short. For someone who always got a kick out of architecture and blueprints, I could dive into a book like this and be happy to swim in it for days. If you’ve always thought a floor plan was interesting and you’ve got an itch to build,¬†The LEGO Neighborhood Book is a must buy.

I give The LEGO Neighborhood Book Five Out of Five Stars.





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Jess Orso
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