LEGO How to Be a Pirate – the Blocks review

LEGO books are expanding into illustrated editions for young children, with two new releases from Little Golden Books now available – here is the Blocks review of LEGO How to Be a Pirate.

In a new publishing venture, the LEGO Group has teamed up with Little Golden Books to bring  unique brick fairytales to life. Little Golden Books have always been about making high quality picture books that are easily accessible, and with stories that children find relatable. It’s only in recent years that the publishing giant has returned to producing stories based on popular media, like Barbie and Star Wars, so this is an exciting new licensing partner. 

How to Be a Pirate is one of the two recently released titles – is it a swashbuckling adventure worthy of the high seas?

LEGO How to Be a Pirate details:

Author: Nicole Johnson
Illustrator: Josh Lewis
Price: £4.99 / $5.99 / €5.99
Age recommendation: 2 – 5 years

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Nicole Johnson is the author for this pirating tale and while she keeps to the classic friendly LEGO Pirates theme, she also makes sure that this is a crew children can learn from. Enter budding pirate Cecilia. She’s desperate to prove herself aboard what must be 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, but her journey is about learning to work as part of a team. It’s great to be eager and hardworking, but you can’t do everything by yourself. 

This is then paired alongside gorgeous illustrations by Josh Lewis. He’s captured the charm of the LEGO brick and there’s plenty of references to real-life pieces and sets. The colours are bright and the minifigures just as expressive as in The LEGO Movie. 

For children who love pirates or LEGO, then this is a lovely seafaring tale, while adults will certainly geek out over the classic Pirates references. 

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