From an Idea to LEGO: The Building Bricks Behind the World’s Largest Toy Company – Lowey Bundy Sichol


  From an Idea to LEGO: The Building Bricks Behind the World’s Largest Toy Company – Lowey Bundy Sichol, illustrated by C.S. Jennings, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9781328954947), 2019

Format: Paperback

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: biography/history

 What did you like about the book? Ole Kirk Christiansen was bornin 1891 in Denmark.  He was the youngest of ten children; he went out to work at a neighboring farm at the age of seven to help his family.  He trained to be a carpenter.  He started a carpentry shop, making quality furniture.  When a fire completely destroys his business, he builds a new larger and grander factory.  He began making wooden toys until he graduated to a building block he called LEGO.  The block went through many a metamorphosis before it became the LEGO block that we know today. Quotations from Ole’s family (he had four sons) are spread throughout the book along with Fun Facts (the krone), history explanations (Great Depression”) and word definitions (“Layoff”).  The story begins with Ole’s birth in 1891 and comes up to the present day.  Explanatory black and white illustrations assist in relating the history. Source Notes are included for each chapter, a bibliography and Web sources.  Also included at the end are notes on the author and her involvement with LEGO bricks.

Anything you did not like about the bookNo.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Kids in grades 4-6 who like LEGO bricks (“The plural of ego is LEGO. So, whether you have a hundred LEGO bricks or two, it is pronounced LEGO, not LEGOs. According to the LEGO Group, there is no such thing as LEGOs.”) are sure to be interested in this history of how they came to be. Adults, too.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? biography or 338.7 (business) or 688.7 (toys)

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, it is fascinating!

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 6/19/2019

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