The Children’s Book Review | May 4, 2016
The force has been awakened and read you must with your young Padawan. Once again, The Children’s Book Review strikes back with the ultimate Star Wars book list to fill minds with galactic pride. The force is as strong as ever in these Star Wars books. If you don’t find a book that you like from this list, you must be a member of the Rebel Alliance, and therefore a traitor!
Written by Adam Bray and Cole Horton
Publisher’s Synopsis: 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Book!
Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Warstrivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Q&As via a highly engaging infographic design. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels™, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VI.
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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: DK Children | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1465437853
Written by Tom Angleberger
Publisher’s Synopsis: In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, written by Tom Angleberger, author of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side,” and hailed by “School Library Journal “as honest, funny, and immensely entertaining.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | 2015 (Reprint) | ISBN-13: 978-1419715174
Written by Tom Angleberger
Publisher’s Synopsis: Stick figures to the dark side only lead! To doodle like a Jedi you must learn! With this companion to the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, beloved author Tom Angleberger—with the help of the kids from McQuarrie Middle School—presents young Padawans with dozens of activities from the Star Wars universe. Padawans can learn how to fold R2-D2 and C-3PO, draw Jabba, and even build a fully functioning ChapStick rocket! Other Force-mastering activities include: “Kellen’s Guide to Cool Letters,” “Mike’s Complete Rules and Tips for Pencil Pod-Racing,” “Rhondella’s Tips for Photographing Origami,” and much more!
With Tom Angleberger’s goofy sense of humor and accessible art style, Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling is sure to satisfy and inspire the millions of Origami Yoda and Star Wars fans. May the doodles be with you!
Includes 16-page color insert with 10 pages of colored pull-out origami paper; instructions to make Yoda, Darth, C-3PO, Admiral Ackbar, and R2-D2; a section on photographing your origami creations, and two Star Wars backdrops to photograph them against.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1419720284
Publisher’s Synopsis: Learn to read with HAN SOLO, LUKE SKYWALKER, DARTH VADER, YODA and all the other characters from the LEGO(R) STAR WARS(TM) Universe!
This set focuses on short and long a, e, i, o, u sounds and includes ten books and two workbooks, all held in a sturdy box with plastic handle.
Ages 3-5 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | June 28, 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-0545908825
Written by Chris Alexander
Publisher’s Synopsis: Kids love origami—and what could be cooler than transforming a piece of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2? And not just any paper, but custom-designed paper illustrated with art from the movies. Star Wars® Origami marries the fun of paper folding with the obsession of Star Wars. Like The Joy of Origami and Origami on the Go, this book puts an original spin on an ancient art. And like Star Wars® Scanimation® and Star Wars® Fandex®, it’s a fresh take on Star Wars mania.
Chris Alexander is a master folder and founder of the popular website StarWarsOrigami.com, and here are 36 models, clearly explained, that range in difficulty from Youngling (easy) to Padawan (medium), Jedi Knight (difficult), and Jedi Master (tricky!). A front section introduces origami definitions and basic folds. Bound in the back is the book’s unique folding paper, two sheets for each figure. Illustrated with original art, it makes each creation—the essential lightsabers, the Death Star, and much more—true to the movies.
Star Wars Origami includes a foreword by Tom Angleberger, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back, and is scheduled to be published at the same time as Angleberger’s upcoming book, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee.
Ages 5-18 | Publisher: Workman Publishing Company | 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-0761169437
Written by Jeffrey Brown
Publisher’s synopsis: New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown takes readers to a middle school in a galaxy far, far away….
This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school–all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away…
Roan’s one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy–a school that he didn’t apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now…
This inventive novel follows Roan’s first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too–like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Scholastic | 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-0545505178
Written by Simon Beecroft
In true DK style, LEGO® Star Wars™: The Visual Dictionary elucidates, illuminates, and excites even the most discerning LEGO Group, Star Wars™, and minifigure fans around the world.
Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and more are brought to life with dozens of little-known facts and hundreds of photos of accessories, vehicles, weapons, and even the Death Star! Learn about the history, manufacturing, and construction of the minifigures of the Star Wars galaxy, and come away a LEGO® Jedi Master.
Ages 8-17 | Publisher: DK Publishing | Oct. 5, 2009 | ISBN-13: 978-0756655297
Written by Kate Howard
The first ever LEGO(R) movie hits the big screen February 7, 2014! This animated, family-friendly movie has an all-star voice cast.
This exciting junior novel retelling includes 8 pages of color photos from the movie!
Emmet Brickowski is just your average, everyday LEGO® Minifigure. He’s a normal guy who likes to do normal stuff – watch TV, go to work, eat hot wings, and listen to everyone’s favorite song, “Everything is Awesome.”
But all that changes one fateful day when Emmet accidently discovers the Piece of Resistance. It turns out Emmet’s not so average after all – there’s even a prophecy about him! Does this ordinary guy have what it takes to become an extraordinary hero and save the universe?
The LEGO® Movie is being produced and distributed in conjunction with Warner Bros and has an all-star cast including Chris Pratt (Emmet), Will Ferrell (Lord Business), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop), Allison Brie (UniKitty), Nick Offerman (Metal Beard), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), and Will Arnett (Batman).
Ages 7-10 | Publisher: Scholastic | Dec. 30, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-0545624640
Written by Matthew Reinhart
Sabuda and Reinhart Studios have created another spectacular pop-up book for George Lucas’s epic STAR WARS movies! Bestselling pop-up artist and engineer Matthew Reinhart has designed a thirtieth anniversary commemorative edition that comes packed with a variety of novelty features — pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive looks at the exciting and popular movies. This beautiful book will impress all fans of STAR WARS and gives a whole new perspective to the films.
Ages 7 and up | Publisher: Orchard Books | Oct. 15, 2007 | ISBN-13: 978-0439882828
Written by Ryder Windham
Publisher’s synopsis: This novelty format dissects the most famous ship in the galaxy section-by-section, revealing the ship’s secrets and special modifications.
Includes technical notes from Han Solo as well as a detailed overview of each of the ship’s main functions.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | 2010 | ISBN-13: 978-0545210386
Written by Scholastic
Publisher’s synopsis: Star Wars: ABC is an alphabetical adventure through the imaginative and intergalactic world of Star Wars featuring the names and images of the most popular characters, droids, spaceships, and creatures in this galaxy far, far away.
With artistic alliterative text that describes each image and emphasizes each letter, Star Wars: ABC is a completely new way to learn about the legendary story of Star Wars.
Ages 2+ | Publisher: Cartwheel Books | 2010 | ISBN-13: 978-0545227384
By Jack Wang and Holman Wang
Publisher’s Synopsis: Jedi apprentices and little princesses will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga. And so will Star Wars fans of any age! The series launches with the original trilogy, and every word counts in these small but perfectly formed yarns. That’s because each volume features 12 iconic scenes, handcrafted in felt and pithily summarized in just a single word. The attention to detail is eye-opening; the proportions are just-right for small hands; the fun is guaranteed. In A New Hope, Princess Leia sends a hologram message through R2-D2, Luke Skywalker will learn how to use a lightsaber, and our heroestriumph.
Ages 2 and up | Publisher: Chronicle Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1452133935
By Jack Wang and Holman Wang
Publisher’s Synopsis: Jedi apprentices and little princesses will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga. And so will Star Wars fans of any age! The series launches with the original trilogy, and every word counts in these small but perfectly formed yarns. That’s because each volume features 12 iconic scenes, handcrafted in felt and pithily summarized in just a single word. The attention to detail is eye-opening; the proportions are just-right for small hands; the fun is guaranteed. In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke meets his teacher Yoda, Han Solo makes a friend, and there is a lightsaber duel with a Sith Lord in the dark.
Ages 2 and up | Publisher: Chronicle Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1452134994
By Jack Wang and Holman Wang
Publisher’s Synopsis: Jedi apprentices and little princesses will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars saga. And so will Star Wars fans of any age! The series launches with the original trilogy, and every word counts in these small but perfectly formed yarns. That’s because each volume features 12 iconic scenes, handcrafted in felt and pithily summarized in just a single word. The attention to detail is eye-opening; the proportions are just-right for small hands; the fun is guaranteed. In Return of the Jedi, the monster Jabba is encountered, C-3PO conducts story time and there is a happy ending.
Ages 2 and up | Publisher: Chronicle Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1452135007
By DK Publishing
Publisher’s synopsis: The updated and expanded ultimate guide to the minifigures of the LEGO® Star Wars® galaxy DK’s LEGO® Star Wars® Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded now includes many more new LEGO Star Wars minifigures! Discover incredible LEGO Star Wars facts, such as which minifigure is the rarest and which can be found in the most LEGO sets. This updated and expanded edition contains 72 additional pages of new minifigures and includes an exclusive minifigure to add to your collection.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: DK Children | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1465435507
Publisher’s Synopsis: In this funny and sweet new book in the bestselling Darth Vader™ series, Eisner Award–winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favorite characters. Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown’s charming illustrations and humor irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.
Ages 5+ | Publisher: Chronicle Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1452138107
Publisher’s synopsis: This fun LEGO® Star Wars® book retells all six Star Wars films in 100 iconic scenes using LEGO Star Wars sets and minifigures. Relive the amazing Star Wars adventure in brick form with this humorous retelling of the LEGO Star Wars complete saga. Learn fascinating facts about the LEGO Star Wars sets and rediscover your favorite LEGO Star Wars minifigures, from LEGO Darth Vader to LEGO Luke Skywalker.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: DK Children | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1465434371
Publisher’s synopsis: Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy!
Ultimate Star Wars® is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. This is a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars, and Rebels™. Ultimate Star Wars will get new and old fans caught up and knowledgeable on all things Star Wars.
Ages 10+ | Publisher: DK | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1465436016
Written by Robin Davis and Lara Starr
Publisher’s Synopsis: May the Force be with all aspiring Jedi cooks as they use Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2-D2-shaped cookie cutters to create 30 sweet and savory treats! From Chocolate Chewies to Obi-Wan Tons, this galactic cookbook features easy-to-make recipes for Star Wars–themed treats that will delight any Jedi appetite.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-1452104669
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