I don’t do many book reviews on the site and much less reviews on journals. I mean, this is a site about LEGO and most of you want to see stuff with actual LEGO bricks. However, earlier this summer we picked up the LEGO Elves Emily Jones Diary Sketch Book for the girl and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.
Now, our girl isn’t much of a sketchbook artist, but she does like to color, trace and write recently learned words. So when she spotted this book in the LEGO store, she immediately gravitated towards it. Books to write in are a thing these days for her…
And so you know, there is an affiliate link below through which you can purchase the book, if you’re not finding it in your local LEGO store. Ours no longer has a spot to carry it, so that may be the case for you, too.
If you have yet to come across the book, here is the official description of it from the LEGO website:
Draw sketch-book elves and baby dragons!
Learn how to draw your favorite LEGO® Elves and baby dragons with Emily Jones’ Diary Sketch Book. This hardcover notebook features her secret sketches to trace, transfer paper, blank pages to draw on and even a foldout map of Elvendale.
- Hardcover sketch/notebook features sketches, transfer paper and blank pages, plus a map of Elvendale.
- Makes a great gift for LEGO® Elves fans.
- This item offers an age-appropriate experience for ages 6 and over.
- Measures over 8” (21cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
The LEGO® Elves Emily Jones’ Diary Sketch Book retails for $14.99 at LEGO stores or online trough Shop@Home. As of this post date, I have yet to see it come across Amazon.
The book is a rather sturdy hardback, reminiscent of moleskin LEGO journals of previous years. The book has a pink rubber band stretchy used to keep the book shut. When you purchase it, it’s not a necessity; however, as you add sketches, save flowers, extra scraps of inspiration, etc… you may need the rubber band to keep the journal closed.
Here you can see the rubber band is built into the cover of the book. The back of the book also has a removable marketing sticker, which is nice if you want to have the full effect of an old tome.
The inside flaps of the journal are decorated with an orb and gem design with scroll details. This is the same for the back flap of the book. You may also be noticing the blue ribbon at the bottom of the photo. This is a built in bookmark. This way, you can be sure not to lose it (because that’s what would happen in this house.)
There is a title page with Emily’s name written in it.
The two common journal pages you’ll come across are blank and lined. Wherever they are in the book, they all have the same designs on them.
One of the selling points of the journal is the Emily’s baby dragon sketches. I didn’t grab a photo of it, but in the back of the book, you will find a manilla envelope. Inside of it, you receive a few sheets of tracing paper, so you can duplicate any of the many sketches inside of the book.
You’ll also have other pages from which to trace, including random element sketches and sketches of all the elves in the initial release of the LEGO Elves theme: Aira, Azari, Naida and Farran.
My daughter loved that part of the book the best. I often found her tracing the designs as best she could.
While the journal isn’t a puzzle book, it does come with one maze drawing.
Finally, at the back of the book you will also find a pull out map of Elvendale, of which I did not get a photograph.
My final thoughts on the LEGO Elves Emily Jones Diary Sketch Book
If you have a 5 year old who is simply wanting to write in books and loses interest in things quickly, you may want to pass on this one. The $14.99 price tag is a bit steep when you could simply go to your local store and buy a 99¢ spiral bound notebook.
However, for those of you who are or have a budding artist, this is a really nice journal / sketch book. The coloring of the pages gives it a special, magical fairy-tale feel and the tracing paper is a nice touch. The book would be great for those artists that love to collect their drawings. Since the book is beautifully bound and covered, it makes a lovely addition to any artistic library.
For the right person, I highly recommend the LEGO® Elves Emily Jones’ Diary Sketch Book.
Have you purchased the LEGO Elves Emily Jones Diary Sketch Book? What is your favorite part about it?