The LEGO Book, first published in 2009, is due for an update later this year and really kicked off the re-launch of DK’s LEGO output. It is much more than an update of The Ultimate LEGO Book, with entirely new content and Standing Small, a second book all about mini-figures included too. For a starting point, it’s hard to go wrong with this excellent volume.
The next big release, that really showed how popular LEGO books could be, was LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. This maintained the quality of The Ultimate LEGO Book, however with more focus goes into great depth on the Star Wars theme. With over ten years of LEGO Star Wars sets available, it is as exhaustive a guide as any one volume could be. Some fans, however, may perhaps feel they don’t need a book on LEGO Star Wars and could skip it. LEGO and DK took an old idea of including LEGO elements with other products (I have fond childhood memories of a Space sweater with an attachable mini-figure), and used it to ensure that no-one could miss out on The Visual Dictionary. Luke Skywalker at the Yavin Ceremony is one of those figures it would be hard to fit in with a set, so made sense to package with the book.