Today is October 10th! What’s the big deal about today, October 10th? Well, October 10th, that’s today, is Star Wars Reads Day, the day to get your young children hooked on Star Wars. Chronicle Books has a wide selection of Star Wars books and games to get you in the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
I was to present to you, “for your consideration” (oops, Twilight Zone), a board book series called the Star Wars® Epic Yarns. To quote Han Solo, “It’s not my fault.” The books were not transported by “the speed of light” (oh, that’s Superman), so I wait. But you do not need to wait. I can tell you all about them today—and I have pictures—and review them later!
Star Wars® Epic Yarns is the perfect introduction to Star Wars for your youngest children, from the time they are born (okay, maybe a few days later), to age three. The first three Star Wars movies are introduced in the books: Star Wars: A New Hope—The Empire Strikes Back —Return of the Jedi
Chronicle Books board books, including the Star Wars® Epic Yarns, are made from strong cardboard only a Jedi Master could tear. If your Padawan should drip grape jelly—I prefer tart cherry—onto the cover or any of the 12 pages, that nuisance glob will wipe off, leaving the epic story clean and shiny once more. And little hands can easily turn the pages.
What is unique about this series are the “incredibly detailed – and adorable – needle felt”¹ spreads and how the creators, well, created them. But don’t take my word for it, (wait . . . yes, do take my word for it, that is why I write), here is a little about the creators and how they work their magic, according to the publisher.
“Created by twins Holman and Jack Wang, the team behind the hit Cozy Classics series, Star Wars® Epic Yarns will delight Star Wars fans, geek-y crafters and fans of the cute! The Wang brothers painstakingly re-create each scene in incredible detail at a 1:7 scale, building elaborate sets and staging elaborate on-location photo shoots.
“Watch the Behind the Scenes video here:”²
To further persuade you, here are a few distinguished voices, talking about the Star Wars® Epic Yarns series.
“A great start for parents introducing children to the movies and for fans who love the art and detail of Star Wars.”
. . — The Nerdist
. . — The Wall Street Journal
“Fantastic for any Star Wars fan, from the youngest just learning to read, to those who collect all things Star Wars.”
. . — GeekDad
For a moment, let’s return to 1977.
I entered a crowded, dark, non-digital movie theater to watch Star Wars. Popcorn crunched under foot as I walked to a center seat. The kid behind me kicked my seat back . . . and kicked . . . and kicked . . . I moved. As the opening lines scroll out into space—“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”—I sat mesmerized. C3PO and R2D2 made me laugh and those soldiers dressed in white plastic scared me. If not for the dashing Han Solo I might have never watched more than the first movie. I have seen them all—more than once.
Your young children may not share that experience when enjoying the Star Wars® Epic Yarns; you can read another review here elitist-gaming.com/hearthstone/ with a twist to a game called Hearthstone, but they will want to know more about this multi-generational iconic movie. When that happens, it would be “highly illogical” (yikes, Star Trek), for you to go anywhere but back to Chronicle Books.
For the three to five-year-old Padawans (Jedi younglings in training to use The Force), the book to read is Goodnight Darth Vader. As the Jedi younglings age into the four to seven-year-old group (you know by now who has the book), Darth Vader and Son is perfect for special dad-and-son reading time.
Moms, Darth Vader has not left you out, no, for you and everyone who enjoys baking (includes me), Chronicle Books released Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies. I wish I could tell you the cookies are out of this world, but I have not actually seen the book.
I know, what a terrible reviewer I am, reviewing a book I’ve never read. Well, again, as Han Solo once said, “It’s not my fault.” I don’t get many cookbooks. So let’s just call this one a recommendation.
Chronicle Books publishes all the books you need to
indoctrinate introduced your children to Star Wars and all the wacky and wonderful characters.
But we are not quite done. Never would Obi-Wan Kenobi leave out girls. If he did, I am sure his force would go dark forever. That will never happen because Vader’s Little Princess saves his, um, light saber.
I hope you enjoyed October 10th and Star Wars Reads Day. Pick up a book, even if it isn’t a Star Wars book, and read. Read to your child, read to yourself. And make time to visit your library.
“May the Force be with you” (finally, Star Wars)!
Also Available—From Chronicle Books http://www.chroniclebooks.com/
Darth Vader and Friends
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes
Darth Vader and Son Journal
Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels
Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling (For when you want to play.)
Just in Time for Halloween!
Star Wars Costumes
. . —and many, many more.
Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
Full Disclosure: Star Wars® Epic Yarns by Jack Wang and Holman Wang; Goodnight Darth Vader, Darth Vader and Son, & Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffery Brown;Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies by Robin Davis, Lara Starr & Matthew Carden, all received from Chronicle Books, is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”