Thursday, September 16, 2010

Over the Counter # 21

I Lego N.Y. by Christoph Niemann was the latest book to catch my eye as it passed over my library counter and under my scanner this week.

If I wasn't actually paying attention this one would have ended up on the children's truck to shelve as it is a board book- but catalogued and sold as an adult book!

From the publisher Abrams Books:

"LEGO N.Y. is an imaginative look at life in New York City constructed entirely out of LEGOs. Designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann was inspired to create a series of miniature New York vignettes out of his sons' toys after a few cold and dark winter days in Berlin. The former New Yorker then posted photographs of his creations along with his handwritten captions on his New York Times blog. Resident and honorary New Yorkers around the world responded enthusiastically to the clever and minimalist inventions, which captured both the iconic (the Empire State Building) and the mundane (man standing on a subway platform) in fewer LEGO pieces than one might think possible. This book includes all of the original images, plus thirteen new creations. The resulting collection is delightful in its simplicity and moving in its ability to cature the spirit of life in New York in so few strokes."

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)


Rebecca said...

Great interview with Christoph here:

bermudaonion said...

My son would love to look through this book. He's 23 and still loves Legos!