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“This title has the potential (Like LEGO themselves) to appeal to a variety of ages”

School Library Journal


"The Inventors of LEGO® Toys is a must read for your child.” —Bruce Pascal, author of Hot Wheels Prototypes


"The story of Ole Kirk and the LEGO® company origins hasn’t ever been told with such charm and accessibility as this new book by duopress. . . . The smart writing and wealth of information makes this a very charming book. I’m going to add this to the BrickNerd library. It’s that good.
I give it 5 out of 5 Nerdlys."
—Tommy Williamson, LEGO® artist and founder of BrickNerd (


"Awesome Minds: The Inventors of LEGO® Toys is colorful and engaging, just like LEGO® bricks themselves. Over the course of 48 pages, the book deftly mixes words and a whole host of interesting visuals to tell the origin story of the Danish company behind the iconic toy. Knowing the backstory behind the toy makes you appreciate it in a whole new way."
—Todd Coopee, author of Light Bulb Baking:
A History of the Easy-Bake Oven
 and Toy Historian







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Awesome Minds: The Inventors of LEGO® Toys

By Erin Hagar. Illustrated by Paige Garrison


The story of the family that created LEGO® is finally told for kids who play with these popular bricks


6  x 9 inches - 48 pages - Hard Cover - ISBN: 9781938093531




Everyone has played with LEGO® toys, but not many people know who is behind this awesome invention. This fun and engaging book tells the story
of how a Danish carpenter and his family, facing a desperate situation, ended up creating the most popular toy in history. With full-color illustrations and lively text, and chock-full of interesting facts, Awesome Minds: The Inventors of LEGO® Toys is the perfect read for those with creative spirits and curious minds.


This book is an independently authored and published biography of the family that created the LEGO® construction toy and is not sponsored or endorsed by or affiliated in any way with the LEGO Group of companies, owner of the LEGO® trademarks.


About the creative team

Erin Hagar is the author of Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures (duopress, 2015) and Doing Her Bit: A Story of the Woman’s Land Army
of America
(Charlesbridge, 2016). After several years working in curriculum and instruction for colleges and universities, she earned her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Erin lives in Baltimore with her husband, two children, and a few too many pets. Visit Erin at


Paige Garrison has illustrated several books, including Roanoke Baby and
One to Ten LA, and assisted with Beach Doodles and 100 Pablo Picassos (duopress, 2014 to 2015). Before transitioning to chil- dren’s books, Paige worked for Bento Box Entertainment on the animated TV shows Bob’s Burgers and The Awesomes. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her
loving husband and their silly pup.
You can find her online at


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