It’s a neat idea = combining story time with Lego time.

My 11 year old can do it: listen to a story and follow Lego instructions to build the Harry Potter castle or the Great Hall. I always think he can’t possibly grasp the story I am reading, while reading something else, but he can.

For those who don’t have that type of brain, myself included, the Lego building comes at the beginning of the story in DK‘s The Book of Bedtime Builds ($25.99).

In this book, kids can build a castle, a rogue robot or, my favourite – a scaredy-spider – but not at the same time – with the Lego bricks provided with this book. Once you build the pirate ship, for example, you can then read the story that goes with it. In this case, the story is titled The Treasure Hunt, featuring Captain Red Feather and her pirate crew who is searching for the treasure.

The stories are short, three or four pages each, with lots of pictures made with Lego, including the item you are making.

At the end of the story, there is a Time to Dream section, where the reader asks the listener three questions. In the case of The Treasure Hunt, questions asked include what was the treasure inside the chest; where would you hide secret treasure; and what would your pirate name be?

The stories are geared at the younger set, but my son enjoyed building the items and listening to the stories.

I would have liked to have been able to build all the pieces with Lego provided, but you have to take apart the dinosaur to make the spaceship, for example.

What I liked about the book is that although the original kit is thick – it does hold the Lego pieces – you are able to easily remove the storybook – without ripping the cover – and recycle the outer shell. For storage purposes, this is amazing, and much appreciated.

This book is great for the little people who want their story, and Lego, too.

A copy of this book was provided by DK for an honest review. The opinions are my own. You can purchase this book from