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LEGO Man in Space: A True Story

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The true story of two boys who launched a Lego Man into space!  

With over 3 million views on YouTube and covered by almost every major news outlet in the world, the story of how two boys launched a Lego man 80,000 feet
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Sky Pony (first published April 1st 2013)
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great book about two boys who sent a Lego man into space. The book is written simply and clearly to explain exactly how they were able to complete their project. By focusing on the project from the perspective of the Lego Man will engage a lot of young Lego builders that I know. This would be a great one for teachers to use for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lessons. It includes lots of follow up information at the back of the book as well.

Possible Themes: Space, Toys, Build
Rebecca Mckenzie
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I just received my copy of this book this morning and promptly read it. While I was expecting it to be in more of a novel format than just children's book - it was really well done. I'm sure little Lego fans around the world will be inspired by this true story of two boys who sent a Lego man into space. There are instructions included for building your own makeshift rocketship and parachute for your Lego men! When my 10 year son gets home from the cottage I'm sure he'll be bursting to try these ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and planned on donating it to my local library (they are always struggling for books) but my 10 year old Lego lover grabbed it right up! While I looked through the book and found it to be well written for kids AND interesting, my son called it "amazing" and "awesome". He loved that kids just like him were able to launch a Lego man into space plus he loved that there were instructions on how to do it himself. I'd say this book is a home run for Lego lovers everywhere ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I took this book to a school visit today and read it three times. Children grades K-4 all loved it.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-love-it
5 Stars.. I know something must be wrong with me but here you go. I wouldn't say this book is a Newbury Award piece of writing but the Story is amazing!!! I love how it 'talks' back to you.. "HOW DID YOU GET IN HERE? YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE HERE! LAUNCHING LEGO MAN IN SPACE IS THE WORK OF HIGHLY TRAINED AND VERY IMPORTANT ADULTS. NO CHILDREN ALLOWED"

Also, the story is great and well told. I love that it has "activities" in the back. It is a true story and that makes it even cooler! This would
Colby Sharp
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, picture-book
You must watch the YouTube video to get the full effect.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very cute book! My sons enjoyed it.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
First: You should read this. :) Second: It was hard to rate this one. The book was fine. Liked it. Not my favorite - but it definitely worked. However I LOVED the topic and learning about the two kids who decided to send their lego man into space and DID IT. That is the kind of stuff I enjoy reading to my kids!! So the reading "experience" was 5 stars! After we read the book we had to look up more info about what happened and talk about the things we could send into space and my 5 yr old can't w ...more
Ms. Dana
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Fun and Science! Based on a true story this book is awesome for kids who love LEGOs, science, or cool stuff in general.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
True story! The girls were very interested in how a minifig got to space.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lego Man in Space: A True Story

Note: The numbers in boldface in the passage below identify the correspondingly-numbered opening moves listed at the end of the passage.

(1)When I was little, my brother and sister and I loved to play with Legos. We would connect all these roads together and build huge cities – the buildings and vehicles would cover the whole floor! And we would make the people do all sorts of things, like swim in the bathtub or fly into a tree. (2)Who here
A wonderful read aloud for K-1. Kids were intrigued; all the classes that listened to the story had lively discussions about how THEY would launch a LEGO minifigure; how the two boys in the story made their “spaceship,” and so on. The kids were at first dubious that this was a “true” book until they saw the photos. And without exception they wanted a photo of the boys that created the LEGO launch.
Mat and Asad uses everyday materials to send Lego Man into space. An interesting tale of real science, and space exploration 15 miles into near space before returning Lego Man back to Earth.
Beth Nieman
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Kids who enjoy LEGO building bricks will enjoy this picture book about a couple of school boys who sent their own LEGO minifigure into space using items like a large helium balloon, a container, some cameras and other supplies. The book includes all the details of how their experiment work, with instructions for some simpler experiments readers can try. A link is provided where kids can view footage of the LEGO man's flight, as well as various science websites of interest to young scientists.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one will fly off the shelf! Great!
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great inspiration for HAL activities! Cool science activities in the back.
Kelley Mitchell
Short, but would make a great 'project' book.
Kyra Hahn
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
Cute non-fiction story about boys who sent a lego figure into near space!
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The true story of a real Lego experiment. This is well-written and inspirational for little Lego-loving, space-loving scientists.
Carl Nelson
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Edutainment picture book about the LEGO minifig launched into space on a weather balloon. Cute and easy to read.
Keri Douglas
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lego man actually went up into space. He did not even get in a rocket ship. Find out how he traveled 15 miles above the earth.
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Mara is an author, illustrator and graphic designer with an M.A. in teaching.

She lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband Francis and her boston terrier, Scarlett.

She is the author and illustrator of Lego Man in Space and illustrated Downpour, by Emily Martin.

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