My students absolutely loved reading about Lloyd the Block and his adventure. I love how this book ties in geography, famous landmarks, math, science and more!! This is a great book to inspire STEM challenges and even includes one on the last page!! Highly recommend this book for any classroom setting! – Dena O.
Our book arrived and my 8-year-old saw it on the counter and snatched it to read on his own. When I arrived home from work he reported that he loved the book (he's a harsh critic so this means a lot). That night, I read it to my 6-year-old daughter and she had me read it twice in a row, an honor typically reserved only for Frozen stories. Thank you for writing a book that kids not only love, but learn from. – Sarah C.
Our bookshelf is filled with princess, fancy and superhero books. The Blocks Come Out At Night is a welcome addition. The kids are engaged in the story, learn about geography and engineering and have a (really) fun exercise using household items. There really should be more books like this. Thank you to the author (Javier Garay) for putting together a thoughtful book that parents and kids can both enjoy! – Jeff
My children, ages 5 and 3, loved the book. Both the content and the characters captured their attention. My wife and I even learned a thing or two along the way. I’d highly recommend this book for your children, especially if they’re budding builders like mine. – Catherine M.
I read this with my almost 7 year-old son last night. The look on his face when he realized what the blocks had done on their own was priceless. He couldn't get enough of the fun, scientific facts and was disappointed when the book was over. He tried to bargain with me to stay up later to do Lloyd's challenge at the end! Educational and fun - this book nails it. – Haley Q.
I read this book twice before reading it to my kids and each time noticed new facts/details that I didn't notice previously...for example, when the blocks explained going on a trip to France with Samantha and Roger's mother, there is a drawing of the world's continents. Then the next few pages has pictures of France's most iconic monuments. Later, the story talks about how tall and how heavy the Eiffel Tower is while mentioning thermal expansion. Last, there is a mention of the strength of triangles. I can see how math, science, and social studies can all be discussed. The tidbits in the book can serve as a launching point in this. In fact, while I was reading aloud the part about thermal expansion, it started a side discussion of how things expand and contract when temperature changes. The blocks draw the kids' attention because they're toys that most kids are familiar with but then are stealthily given other bits of information that draws their interest. Good book! – marmaladegirl
My kids kind-a, might-a, sort-a really enjoy this book. The Blocks Come Out at Night is one your kids will ask you to read over and over. There is much to explore from finding favorite character blocks, diving into another culture and mastering a STEM challenge at the book’s end. My 6 & 8 year old sons love this book. STOMP, STOMP, CLAP! That part always strikes excitement when they jump up to act it out. The “soon-to-be best-seller” (IMO) has something for adults, too. I won’t spoil the fun facts, but there are one or two tucked inside. The colors, text and illustrations are very simplistic and allow kids to focus on learning while enjoying a fun and educational book. I commend the author for creating a book that reaches out to many ages. – Michael K.
In a world of gimmicky STEM products, this book stands out for both its academic potential and relatability. Garay has a knack for presenting engineering topics in a way that is accessible to young children. His quirky character, Lloyd the Block keeps it light and inspires children to create on their own. Between that and the blocks' travel notes, there is something for everyone. My kids loved it and are looking forward to book #2. – Mary S.
This is a fun and informative book. Our grandson loved it. And it has a storyline that will encompass several ages. It encourages imagination....wonder what my blocks are doing during the night. Families could use this to do their own block adventures. We got this through Kickstarter and highly recommend adding this to your children’s library. – Rodney H.
When I ordered the book, I thought my 3 year old would be too young to understand it. However, she loves the quirky Lloyd and relates to the kids in the story. Thanks to this book, she now knows where France is and talks to her blocks every evening. In short - this is an intelligently written book that caters to several age groups and makes STEM learning fun and easy. Waiting for part 2! – Vatsal S.
My 6 year old absolutely loves this book, from marching with Lloyd and the other blocks to the beat, to learning the STEM concepts. He picks up on something new each time we read it. A great bedtime with a splash of education, book! – AnnaMarie J.
This is a great book to introduce kids to engineering and STEM concepts through an entertaining story! It even includes an experiment to try which is based on the concept covered in the book. – Chris S.
My granddaughter absolutely loves it! – Brad M