While the storybook features eleven stories in total, drawn from the Star Wars cinematic films I-VII, we read two for the purposes of this review. “Escape From Darth Vader” follows the capture of Leia’s ship by Darth Vader, and her quick thinking that allowed R2-D2 and C-3PO to escape with the Death Star plans to Tatooine. “A Friend For Rey” shows the meeting of Rey and BB-8, and her reluctant friendship with the droid.
A friend recommended this collection to us as fans of Star Wars, and while I was skeptical of what the quality would be, I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this! Sure, the stories are pretty sanitized, both for content reasons and to dodge the big spoilers, and three of the stories are from the prequels which were… you know. But with bright, energetic illustrations portraying classic scenes like the the rescue from Jabba’s palace, Luke training with Yoda, and the Battle of Endor, each pared down to a brisk five-minute story, it’s hard for any Star Wars fan (of any age) not to enjoy. JJ was very engaged with the two stories that we read, and I look forward to reading the rest with her. This is a great little compendium for introducing young Padawans to the ways of the Force, or sharing the love of a galaxy far, far away with the already-initiated. We enjoyed it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!