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!

Star Wars ABC (Scholastic Inc.)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is Star Wars ABC by Scholastic Inc., an oversized board book that takes an alphabetic look at the characters and things of a galaxy far, far away (and yes, I know this is the third Star Wars book this month, but we’ve been on a bit of a Star Wars kick here at the Baby Bookworm household). 

Starting with A is for Anakin, each page has a character (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo), or thing (Millennium Falcon, the Force, Jedi) that corresponds to its letter of the alphabet. Accompanied by a photo of the subject and a one-sentence description, each page brings the Star Wars universe to life for little fans, helping them learn their alphabet along the way.

So, of the three Star Wars books we read this month, I have to say that this one was the most “meh.” There were plenty of well-recognizable characters, but there were also some pretty definite fillers that would likely leave even die-hard fans scratching their heads (IG-88? Kaminoans? Zam Wesell?). Also, many of the photos chosen were oddly grainy or out of focus, leading to an overall inconsistency in the visuals page to page. It was definitely a fun novelty read, and little Star Wars fans would likely get a kick out of it, but it definitely lacked a substance and polish that we’ve seen with other fandom children’s books. Overall, a bit disappointing but still enough fun for what it’s trying to be, so we’ll call this one Baby Bookworm approved.

5-Minute Star Wars Stories (Disney-Lucasfilm)

Hello, friends! Our book today is 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by Disney-Lucasfilm, a fantastic storybook anthology of tales from the Star Wars universe.

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!

Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope (Jack & Holman Wang)

Hello friends, and May the Fourth be with you! The Baby Bookworm family are HUGE Star Wars fans (if you couldn’t tell from JJ’s custom, handmade Millennium Falcon dress), so we definitely wanted to celebrate today with a Star Wars book. We chose Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope by Jack and Holman Wang, an adorable board book that mixes some incredible Star Wars crafting with the classic tale of Luke, Leia and Han’s first epic adventure.

Using needle-felted wool figures on miniature backgrounds, the photos set up some of classic scenes from A New Hope, paired with simple, kid-friendly beginner text. “Princess” accompanies the iconic shot of Leia recording her message on R2-D2. “Captain” as Han Solo faces off against Greedo (no blasters in sight though, so who knows who shot first…). “Heroes” as the team lines up across the stairs at the medal ceremony.

This is a really cool board book for little Star Wars lovers and their parents, mixing sweet crafted versions of nostalgically iconic visuals with simple concepts. It’s a great way to introduce young readers to simple words while also bringing them into the universe of a galaxy far, far away. Plus, there are companion books for the entire original trilogy, so the story can continue in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. The length is perfect for even the tiniest of younglings, and JJ absolutely loved this. Definitely Baby Bookworm approved!