There used to be always alternative model suggestions with the older sets, even the SW sets had them.
So that's where today the FOLs (fans of lego) come in and fill the gap.
About the book
About the content
After a short introdution and overview it starts directly with the manuals. I like that the intro is kept short since this is mainly about images. The renderings which often blur the line to high quality photographs are top notch. A comic character pops up here and there giving some tips and making some remarks. He is a matter of taste, but is a refreshing element, especially for the younger audience. One thing I really like about this book is the presentation of two major advanced building techniques and a short showcase of getting creative with a single part. This would deserve two more examples in order to intensify the insight into creative use. Also the matter that all used parts can be used in other colours and similar shapes is a good advice. The use of the term 'magic formula' seems a bit exaggerated, since it is common building technique known throughout the online FOL community.
Based upon a set of the creator range this is a natural extension to the multiple possibilities these sets offer.
Especially the wheeled vehicle sets are fertile. Seeing 10 very different models other than the three official versions of the set being thoroughly designed with the limited parts of this single and relative small set is a great achievement.
The fact that 10 more vehicles will follow in the next book pushes this concept over the top.
Regarding a few minor flaws I've already mentioned this is a great book for anyone into Lego searching for advice and inspiration. If you want your childrem play with the bricks in a creative way rather than just playing with the models and collecting astronomic expensice 'collectable' minifgs this is a great gift showing them the path of brick creativity.