Review: LEGO City Busy Word Book

Encouraging the kids to read and play with LEGO are both important to us. So this new book was always going to be well received!

As its name suggests, LEGO City Busy Word Book is a great title for parents who want their little ones to build their vocabulary as well as the famous bricks.

The new publication by DK features over 500 words relating to people, jobs, vehicles, buildings and much more. It teaches them via 30 colourful and detailed scenes that children will love looking through.

Within the different scenarios are hidden objects to find, recurring characters and, of course, LEGO’s trademark humour. There’s a narrative to it too, which I think is a great way of keeping kids engaged.

Detail of a page from LEGO City Busy Word Book.

The four chapters follow a pizza thief through LEGO City and beyond, encountering a wide range of characters and locations. These include a construction site, a spaceport and a crooks’ hideout.

I love how representative it is too. There are plenty of female characters in roles that are ordinarily portrayed as male-only elsewhere.

Similarly, there’s a dad with a baby in a pushchair in one scene – I was particularly pleased to see that!

Detail of a page from LEGO City Busy Word Book.

It’s aimed at early readers so is ideal for children in reception and years one to two at school. That said, it’s never too early to start nurturing a love of reading so I’m planning on using the pictures to teach my two-year-old daughter new words too.

LEGO CITY Busy Word Book has an RRP of £9.99 but I have five copies of it to give away. As always, you can use as many of the entry methods as you like via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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95 Comments
  • Tracy Nixon
    January 4, 2018

    I cannot remember having a specific set – just a huge yellow bucket full of Lego that me and my older brother shared!

  • iain maciver
    January 4, 2018

    used to have lots of it in a box no kits or sets

  • Angela Treadway
    January 4, 2018

    I used to have a box of lego and i would make houses with it. We had proper lego roof tiles and everything so it would look like the real thing! X

  • Ashleigh Allan
    January 4, 2018

    Just the general building set. I loved making houses and gardens

  • Margaret Gallagher
    January 4, 2018

    Dont think i had any !! Weve built several on Christmas Day this year -cars of course !

  • claire woods
    January 4, 2018

    We used to have a box with lots of different bits and pieces in it.

  • laura jones
    January 4, 2018

    dont think when i was a child i had an actual set like my grandkids did but i had a lovely big box full which could be anything i wanted; houses garages sheds towers etc

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    January 4, 2018

    Not a particular Lego set but lots of various Lego pieces and we would use our imagination to build anything and everything!

  • amanda walsh
    January 4, 2018

    I didn’t have any, but my boys favourite set is their Simpsons set!

  • Chris Bull
    January 4, 2018

    Mine were purely sets of Lego but it was a hell of a long time ago 🙂

    My Grandsons sets are amazing and so much scope

  • john prendergast
    January 4, 2018

    we just had lots of lego pieces and made what ever you wanted

  • Kate Holmes
    January 4, 2018

    Did not have a set at all – just a battered red biscuit tin full of bricks which I loved

  • michelle o'neill
    January 5, 2018

    it was just the old house building lego, with the slanty roofs lol

  • Ray Becker
    January 5, 2018

    It was a big box with a picture of a boy & girl on it

  • Ruth Harwood
    January 5, 2018

    we had a star wars set that I absolutely loved!

  • jo liddement
    January 5, 2018

    In the 70’s we had a box of starter Lego with basic bricks,roof tiles ,windows and doors to build houses. It was not the variety and themes that they have now.

  • Gill Williams
    January 5, 2018

    I didn’t have a set. I just remember loving building houses.

  • Susan Smith
    January 5, 2018

    Never had a lego set as a child, when i was a child, it want such a big selling item

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    January 5, 2018

    I never had Lego as a child as i preferred playing with my Barbie dolls but my niece is a huge Lego fan.

  • Laura Pritchard
    January 5, 2018

    I loved my brother’s Island Castle..it had a dungeon & everything!

  • aj
    January 5, 2018

    I didn’t really play with LEGO but my son is crazy about LEGO and would love this book.

  • Lynn Neal
    January 5, 2018

    I liked playing lego at school because they had wheels and we didn’t have any at home but it wasn’t a set exactly!

  • Deborah Worrall
    January 6, 2018

    I had a kitchen set which had little taps, a fridge and cooker. I played with it so much and my Mum kept it in the loft so my children play with it now!

  • Linda Ford
    January 6, 2018

    I didn’t have any sets, I had a big box of Lego with huge green bases! I used to love making houses ☺

  • Elizabeth Yeates
    January 6, 2018

    I had a windmill that I thought was brilliant

  • Graham Ross
    January 6, 2018

    I dont remember playing with Lego as a child

  • Avs
    January 6, 2018

    We just had a box of lego and had to design our own creations

  • Damian Thomas
    January 6, 2018

    I never had sets it was just a huge tub of bricks

  • Amanda Norwood
    January 6, 2018

    We used to have Lego which had animals instead of people.

  • Rachel
    January 6, 2018

    I never had a particular set but just loved to make houses! My husband’s favourite set was a space rocket which my two children still love playing with now!

  • olivia Kirby
    January 6, 2018

    I think they weren’t theme sets when I was a child, just the boxes of bricks and doors and windows

  • laura stewart
    January 6, 2018

    didnt have any sets, just a big box of lego x

  • Shelly Wenn
    January 6, 2018

    Didn’t have sets as a child, just a quality street tin of block Lego. The corner pieces were my favourite; i loved building a lego house with each row a different colour in Lego.

  • JULIE WARD
    January 6, 2018

    We just had the bricks so we just built houses, no theme

  • Michaela Turner
    January 7, 2018

    We only had a box of bricks but i used to love building houses and castles

  • Gill Mitchell
    January 7, 2018

    I had a set where I could build a windmill! I also loved the big road squares.

  • clara b
    January 7, 2018

    i loved my duplo giraffe

  • Karen Hill
    January 7, 2018

    It wasn’t sets when i was a kid, nothing like it is now, we used to have a box and make anything we could think of, its amazing now x

  • Jules Eley
    January 7, 2018

    mine was star wars

  • nicky pearce
    January 7, 2018

    i always had lego as a child, great fun

  • laura banks
    January 7, 2018

    i didn’t really have a set i just had bricks

  • Solange
    January 7, 2018

    Star Wars.

  • Rebecca Sutton
    January 7, 2018

    I never had a set, it was just a load of lego, i spent hours playing with it

  • claire griffiths
    January 9, 2018

    never had a set as such just had lots of lego

  • Hannah Wallington
    January 9, 2018

    I had a pirate ship set that I loved

  • Sally Collingwood
    January 9, 2018

    Some sort of space set lego!

  • Sarah Forster
    January 10, 2018

    We didn’t ever have actual sets, just different collections of bricks and boards. We’d spend all our time building houses!

  • Kim M
    January 10, 2018

    So long ago ! it was the basic bricks with a few windows and doors but loved making houses

  • Kev Cannon
    January 11, 2018

    My brother and I never had Lego as kids as it was too expensive but my son loves it and we ofter build it together. He got a few christmas related sets this xmas and we still need to do these.

  • Sarah Austin
    January 12, 2018

    WE used to have lots of bits and bobs and I used to like building castles!

  • Michelle Ferguson
    January 12, 2018

    Never had a set but used to love building houses

  • LARA Latchem
    January 13, 2018

    My brothers fire engine

  • MANDY DOHERTY
    January 13, 2018

    We just used to have a box of Lego and created our own masterpieces from it

  • Lauren Stebbings
    January 13, 2018

    When I was little I had the lego train set. It was so cool! I loved it

  • Christopher Read
    January 13, 2018

    Lego castle

  • Susan B
    January 14, 2018

    I remember having a tub full of Lego bricks and enjoying them but I do not remember having a favourite set. They were probably hand-me-downs.

  • janine atkin
    January 14, 2018

    i just liked building houses and towers

  • Ana Nowell
    January 14, 2018

    I loved building a city. My favourite was a punk hotel with a swimming pool

  • Karen Usher
    January 14, 2018

    Back in the days…….I’m not that old, I used to play with all my brothers lego, I don’t remember their being specific sets he would get, but more like the board and then you stick things to to the board. I would create houses/hospitals etc. So much fun to be had

  • Simone Griffin
    January 14, 2018

    I loved building houses

  • Pam Francis Gregory
    January 14, 2018

    Don’t think there was such as thing as sets back then. we had to use our imagination!

  • Jo Hutchinson
    January 15, 2018

    my favourite LEGO set as a child was my small Space Shuttle Craft

  • Rachael Sexey
    January 15, 2018

    I used to just have a big bucket but no specific sets

  • Katie m
    January 15, 2018

    Just had a big bucket not a set loved building houses

  • Karen Barrett
    January 15, 2018

    When I was a child there wasn’t the same wonderful sets as there is now. You could buy mixed brick packs or one variety packs eg roof tiles

  • dana
    January 15, 2018

    No sets were available – I liked building houses and cars

  • Kelly Cooper
    January 15, 2018

    I don’t remember a set, but always liked building the house with the little trees and windows

  • Jo McPherson
    January 15, 2018

    We just had a box of logo, I used to build houses or towers

  • sheri Darby
    January 15, 2018

    we only had Lego bricks, none of this sophisticated stuff.

  • Laura Harrison
    January 15, 2018

    I didn’t have Lego sets as such, I just made things with the bricks x

  • tee simpson
    January 15, 2018

    WE didnt have sets as such we just has standard pieces we used to make houses from

  • Stevie
    January 16, 2018

    I always liked the little man and the ambulance.

  • Rebecca Powell
    January 16, 2018

    I had a Duplo farm which I loved

  • Lauren Tourle
    January 16, 2018

    I didnt have a set but i enjoyed making houses out of lego for my bugs haha 🙂

  • Kate Davies
    January 16, 2018

    We didn’t actually have sets when I was little, just a big box of bricks which we used to build whatever we could think of. I remember building a massive house complete with cress as a lawn in the back garden.

  • carol boffey
    January 16, 2018

    i love my lego

  • Wendy Guy
    January 16, 2018

    My favourite was the big bucket.

  • sandy ralph
    January 16, 2018

    i dont remember having any sets myself as i used to play with y brothers lego

  • Kat Allinson
    January 16, 2018

    We didn’t have a set just loads of random lego pieces that we made all sorts of models out of

  • Adrian Bold
    January 17, 2018

    I don’t remember there being sets when I was a kid – just the bricks and your imagination.

  • paula cheadle
    January 17, 2018

    I had a box of Lego, and I used to make all kinds of different buildings, hours of FUN

  • Stephanie
    January 17, 2018

    Amazing prize

  • Shaun Heathcote
    January 17, 2018

    dont think their were sets. just boxes of lego

  • irene gilmour
    January 17, 2018

    i had a beach set that i loved wish i had kept it for my kids

  • Jennifer Baker
    January 17, 2018

    I remember building a huge castle x x x

  • Chantelle79
    January 17, 2018

    I never had any but my soon is Lego crazy. Mine craft and Star Wars, I leave his dad to do the Lego building with him!!

  • Lee Hardy
    January 17, 2018

    Did not have a set just got pieces

  • Vicky Louise Varley
    January 17, 2018

    I didn’t play with lego as a child, but i have a 9 old year son who has been lego crazy since age 3 so have played with a fair old bit of it now lol! I would say lego city sets are my favourite closely followed by lego Star Wars,.

  • Sian Buckingham
    January 17, 2018

    I had a castle set with a ghost and everything – loved it!

  • Samantha McDonough
    January 17, 2018

    I just loved building houses and cars with normal lego.

  • Marion Payne
    January 17, 2018

    The horse riding stables with horses and riders

  • Claire Nelson
    January 17, 2018

    I did not have a specific set just lots of bricks I enjoyed playing with.

  • Tammy Neal
    January 17, 2018

    I love Lego buy never had any when I was younger x

  • Emma Gough
    January 17, 2018

    i had an electrical lego train set! it was the best

  • Natalie Crossan
    January 17, 2018

    We love all the girly lego! My daughter is obsessed – particularly with the cinderella ones x

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