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The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811828697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811828697
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, Terry Whitlatch and Bob Carrau offer a faux naturalist's sketchbook of the fauna born of George Lucas and co.'s considerable imagination: the spot-light sloths of the Dagobah Rain Forest, the Peko Pekos of planet Naboo's Gungan Swamp, the gas-filled Beldons of Bespin, which can achieve a girth of 10 kilometers, and a host of other fantastical creations populate this delightful large-format book. Drawings on every page are substantiated by salient pieces of information about habitat, habits and danger-factor.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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I saw it at a local bookstore and had to have it!
Matthew Friedman
This book is a detailed bestiary of the living creatures that inhabit the planets of George Lucas's Star Wars saga.
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This illustrator has a great imagination and awesome sketches.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nigel J. L. Willis on November 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this tome THE book of the year -- if not the decade -- for Star Wars enthusiasts (such as myself), but it will also go down well with biologists (such as myself).
Extremely well thought out, the authors draw parallels with animals found on Earth to make the creatures of the Star Wars universe realistically believable. For example, the size relation of the nuna's egg to the adult female is also found in the kiwi, and the multiple embryos coming from that single egg are similar to the multi-spawning eggs of some parasitic wasps. The similarities between banthas and elephants are copious, and the mouth-breeding behaviour of the opee sea killer will be familiar to any avid aquarist.
There are also many wonderful and enchanting "background" details in many of the drawings, like Bib Fortuna looking to purchase a Nightsister's rancor, an Ewok being carried off by a condor-dragon, and some Tatooine anoobas picking over the remains of the late podracer Teemto Pagalies (those are DEFINITELY his goggles).
The book is arranged in chapters by planet. (Naboo has three chapters for its various macroenvironments: terrestrial, deep aquatic, and swamp.) The ecologies of the worlds and the niches of the native creatures are all highly detailed and superbly explained. Great care and effort was put into expanding the range of Star Wars wildlife knowledge, using conceptual sketches and some apparently original animals to flesh out the bestiary to a fantastic extent. The images of the creatures themselves are -- and I have NEVER before used this term outside of describing food before, but it is now necessary -- sumptuous. The people responsible for the content of this book deserve to win awards. Lots of 'em.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sloan on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that appears every so often, and if you don't buy it you regret for years to come. The book is packaged in a textured synthetic dewback hide so be aware that no Dewbacks were hurt in the making of this book!! The illustrations are rich, and full of life, and color. The simple line sketches along with the reserved amounts of colors truly bring the creatures to life. I certainly hope that amazon will allow some of the pictures to be seen so that the reader can witness just how beautiful these drawings are! The authors, and artists explore some of the more well known, and some new creatures that inhabit the star wars universe, and do so in an intelligent, and also educational manner. The book is a little pricey for the mildly interested, or younger buyers, but it is a book that can, and hopefully will be treasured for years. A true winner and well worth a 5 star rating!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The drawings in this book are very amazing. The creatures in this book can keep you reading for hours. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes Star Wars
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AxiomAlchemy on October 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
From the fertile imaginations of Whitlatch and Carrau comes this immense coffee-table book. This book is a detailed bestiary
of the living creatures that inhabit the planets of George Lucas's Star Wars saga. Rendered beautifully in color and formatted in the style of a naturalist's field journal.
the book showcases animals seen in the films and (finally) gives
images to other creatures formerly only described in print.
Mating habits, social interractions, hunting techniques, and
life cycles of Banthas, Dewbacks, Rancors,and Kadus are shown.
As well as others who only made brief appearances or just named in print such as: Womp Rats, Nerfs, or that trash compacter Monster (Dianoga) which I finally saw what that eye belonged to.
Fauna are represented planet by planet and each new world gives
a brief but informative introduction on the ecosystem.
This lavishly illustrated and beautifully rendered book makes a
excellent companion to the Illustrated Star Wars universe. As well as the books of the conceptual art. For any fan this is an
essential volume and a most welcomed addition to one's personal
library. A pity that George Lucas does have an introductory
statement printed to acknowledge or at the very least give kudos to the splendid work Terryl Whitlatch and Bob Carrau have done in giving form and life to the creatures that inhabit his universe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Owen on May 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is quite possibly the most masterful artistic compilation relating to Star Wars that has been put out in recent years. From the "dewback hide" covers and through every page in between, the reader finds himself immersed in a vision of the Star Wars universe that is so lavish and full of life that he may not want to leave. Clearly, the people who put this book together were not working on a project, they were building a labor of love, and it shows on every page. And yes, it really *is* an excellent wildlife reference too!
If you're buying this book for yourself, it will stand out as the pride of your Star Wars library for years to come. If you're buying it as a gift for a fan of any age, prepare to be showered with gratitude. The book is so endearing that even people who may not necessarily be fans of the genre will certainly come to admire it. The Wildlife of Star Wars is well worth every penny.
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