Star Wars: The Adventures Of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight (Tony DiTerlizzi & Ralph McQuarrie)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is Star Wars: The Adventures Of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, written by Tony DiTerlizzi and featuring the art of Ralph McQuarrie, the celebrated concept artist of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Using McQuarrie’s jaw-dropping original concept art, the reader is introduced to Luke Skywalker, a farmboy with a great destiny. When he finds two droids who have an urgent message for a Jedi Knight in hiding, Luke decides to help them and finds himself drawn into an adventure that will take him across the galaxy.

Oooh, as much as I hate to say it, this one has a limited audience. Firstly, of course McQuarrie’s art is gorgeous, and fans of his will likely love following original trilogy against the backdrop of his incredible work. However, these are concept sketches, and do not always match the finished movies; therefore, young fans might not understand why familiar characters like Chewbacca or Yoda look nothing like their movie counterparts. Also, the material that the sketches cover limit the ability to tell the story in its entirety: Obi-Wan features heavily in the early part of the book, then goes off to disable the tractor beam on the Death Star and sort of just… disappears (there is no McQuarrie art of the duel with Darth Vader, so this important plot point gets skipped over). The length is also WAY to much for baby bookworms – JJ barely made it to the end of the first third. However, the author does a commendable job of stringing together the art, which is undeniably the star of the show, with the story. And JJ did love the art, which is as colorful, beautiful and affecting as anyone who has seen it knows. So, while this might be a really cool one for McQuarrie fans, definitely give it a flip-through beforehand and decide if it’s right for your little Padawan. Otherwise, it’s still Baby Bookworm approved!

Star Wars: ABC-3PO, Galactic Basic Edition (Calliope Glass & Caitlin Kennedy)

Hello, friends! Today, we read Star Wars: ABC-3PO, Galactic Basic Edition, written by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy, and illustrated by Katie Cook. This is a fantastic little alphabet book set in the Star Wars universe that is fun for fans of all ages.

C-3PO (Human-Cyborg Relations) introduces us to an alphabet book from a galaxy far, far away, where A is for Ackbar, P is for Poe Dameron and Y is for Yoda. Accompanying each letter is a short, humorous poem describing the character or thing, tongue firmly in-cheek as the text describes Kylo Ren’s ostentatious light saber or why you should seriously consider letting a Wookiee win at dejarik.

This is more like it! Unlike the disappointing Star Wars ABC we read last month, this is a Star Wars alphabet book that is as delightful as it is geeky. Nearly every letter is packed with the best-known and/or fan-favorite characters, and the poems are hilariously fun. Adorably cutesy renditions of familiar Star Wars visuals are a treat and make the book perfect for all ages. The length is fine, perhaps edging on long for the tiniest padawans, but JJ was grinning the whole way through. This is a fun, lovingly-crafted and wonderfully nerdy alphabet book for those who are knowledgeable in the ways of The Force. Perfect for fans of all ages, and definitely Baby Bookworm approved!