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The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars, Episodes IV, V, & VI: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Characters and Creatures Hardcover – October 5, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st American ed edition (October 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789434814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789434814
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Watch the Star Wars trilogy enough times and you'll find yourself straining to catch all the little details. Not the subtle plot points (Darth is Luke's dad, check; Luke and Leia are brother and sister, check), but all the cool gear and gadgets that keep flashing in front of the camera. Like what are those pointy things on Boba Fett's kneepads? And what's with all that ammo on Chewie's bandolier? And does an Imperial Probe really need that many legs? Finally, we've got some answers.

David West Reynolds, a boyish Ph.D. in archaeology who looks like he just rode in on the last Bantha, has catalogued the artifacts and inhabitants of the Star Wars universe with the same clinical thoroughness one typically reserves for studying Mesopotamia. His oversized, eye-pleasing picture book is packed with scrutinizing photos of actual props and characters from the movies, complete with systematic, scientific labels. And Reynolds's friendly, pseudo-academic style seamlessly blends new information with old. (In the Sand People description, you can't help but hear Alec Guinness's voice when Reynolds reveals that "Sand People ride in single file to hide their numbers.") In a few instances, the book shines an embarrassing light on the movies (Max Rebo is clearly no alien lifeform, just a poofy, blue elephant muppet), but the countless close-ups of thermal detonators, imperial blasters, and gaffi sticks more than make up the difference. --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

Guaranteed to catapult Star Wars fans directly into intergalactic orbit, this pair of oversize picture books provide a galaxy full of details about the inner workings of George Lucas's mythical universe. Eschewing the standard "behind-the-scenes" look at the making of the movies, both books take a realistic, reference-like approach to the imaginary realm. Reynolds's forthright treatment helps to further meld fact and fiction: an archeologist, he notes that he views the world of Star Wars as "a culture from another time and place to explore." In glorious photographs, Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary spotlights each of the characters by turn, from the big three (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) to the next tier, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3P0 and R2-D2, as well as a vast supporting cast. Sidebars provide "back-stories" on many of the characters (Han Solo, for instance, was raised by space gypsies), and a close examination of clothing, weapons (including a cutaway view of Darth Vader's lightsaber) and equipment provides the answers to such questions as what does a Wookiee carry in his pouch. But novices be warned: Vader's true identity is also revealed in these pages. For Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections, Jenssen and Chasemore have created intricate drawings of the guts of such assorted craft as Solo's souped-up Millennium Falcon, the Empire's battle station Death Star (highlighted in a four-page gatefold), the gargantuan robotic quadruped At-At and Jabba the Hutt's sail barge. These two stellar guides (created with the support of Lucasfilm Ltd.) are sure to soar off the shelves. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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My 7 year old son LOVES this book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erica on September 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son the nine-year-old spendthrift actually saved up for this book, and I must say it's worth every penny. It's filled with beat-up, blaster-lased equipment, cool musical instruments, weird details you've wondered about but thought you were too old to ask. When my son first got it, we fought over it!
It's also worth the money because it quickly becomes clear to the careful observer that much of the gear herein is reconditioned everyday stuff from the banal 20th Century. A musical instrument in the Cantina band, for instance, contains brass garden sprinkler nozzles! Spotting these details is what makes this book fun for us adults as well as the second generation of Jedi masters. Unreservedly recommended!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Rowland on August 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book shows just about every prop that they could have or did use in the Star Wars film. While parts of it are cheesy, it is a pretty solid book on those who want to know a little more information behind the scenes of Star Wars. The dictionary offers both fictional references and also references to how the movies were made. I recommend this to all Star Wars fans and maybe even to fans of movies in general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
STAR WARS the Visual Dictionary! This great book features some amazing facts about Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI and I love it! It has details about all of the major characters and a lot of minor characters ranging form Luke Skywalker, to Princess Leia Organa, to the Rancor, to the slave girl in Jabba's Palace. This book has info on the Stormtroopers, C-3PO, Yoda, and many more. YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent guide for anyone who has seen and liked the trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away. The book is written like a non fiction dictionary as if the Star Wars planets and creatures were actually real. This is a must for die hard Star Wars fans and even those who are not huge fans will still get something out of this book. This book was also written before the terrible prequel movies so it only covers the three classics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Star Wars the Visual Dictionary is actually more than just a dictionary. It has excellent photos from the Lucasfilm Archives including a few from scenes that were cut. In a way, this book is similar to From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: the Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, but instead of being production notes, it treats the technical objects as if they were real. Arrows point to various parts of things like Boba Fett's armour. I wonder if some of the props were enhanced for this book because there are photos of the inside mechanics of a lightsaber and a stormtrooper helmet, which wouldn't have been neccessary for the movies. The layout of the book is much like the Eyewitness series with very clear individual photos of objects instead of just a rectangular, stale layout. A lot of information is packed into theh 64 pages and as far as I can tell, nothing was left uncovered. I've got to hand it to the research team who worked on this book. I deffinitely recommend it for kids or adults.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roque Maria Neto on December 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is an amazing book related to Lucas' trilogy. It depicts all hardware used in the films. I have only a missing point: the starships are not all in the book and it would be better have them, but it is not a problem for a very nice illustrated book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Martinez VINE VOICE on May 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
my boyfriend checked this book out of the public library so that i could read up on star wars info before he dragged me to the revenge of the sith movie. i sat down to read it, and yes, it's a children's book, but nonetheless, came away with a lot of new and interesting info on star wars. i'm sure this book is nothing special for die hard fans but for the kiddos (and parents) of upcoming fans, this book is awesome. lots of pictures, diagrams and explanations on EVERYTHING! thinking of buying all the visual dictionaries so that i can introduce my kiddos to star wars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inmate on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was one of my very first Star Wars books and I half credit it with my burgeoning interest in the expanded Star Wars universe.

Includes great pictures and information such as what those little knobs on Darth Vader's chestplate are for to what exactly Salacious Crumb (that little Kowakian monkey lizard that works for Jabba the Hutt) does! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then read this book!

Great for the enthusiast, beginner/amateur/expert and all!
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