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Lance's Family
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
A fun new read for LEGO and NEXO Knights fans.

Following the same format as others in the NEXO Knights starter-level chapter books series, this 80-page read features large font, with 3D rendered stills from the TV show featured on nearly every page. The pacing is quick, and the frequency of images ought to keep many a young reader engaged with the storytelling.

This installment largely stars Lance Richmond—the richest and most famous of the NEXO Knights. (He becomes the focus primarily because it’s his exorbitantly rich and semi-delusional parents who are abducted by Jestro’s wealth-seeking minions.) In this, his devotion to his family comes into serious question. But overall it’s not truly an origin or backstory book. (i.e. no childhood flashbacks or any depth on Lance’s actual upbringing.)

While Lance’s parents are obnoxiously overprivileged, they never come across as mean or evil people. Their narrow perspectives about what’s going on around them both helps explain Lance’s self-absorbed disposition, and provides most of the comedy relief—as they insistently interpret their own kidnapping as a day at the worst “spa” they’ve ever experienced. The complaining antics of this couple kept my kids (ages 7 and 8) generally amused.
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