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Watch Out, Jar Jar! (Pictureback(R)) Paperback – April 25, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Pictureback(R)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037580028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375800283
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Watch Out, Jar Jar! is one of four paperback 8x8 picture books launching the Star Wars Storybooks line at Random House Children's Publishing. In this humorous little story, children can enjoy the accident-prone antics of the lovable Jar Jar Binks. Capturing Jar Jar's most memorable and amusing moments from Star Wars: Episode I, Watch Out, Jar Jar! is fully illustrated in bright watercolor by Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton. This storybook comes with an added bonus of foil stickers depicting characters featured in the tale.

Don't miss the other Episode I Star Wars Storybooks: I Am a Jedi, I Am a Droid, and Anakin's Race for Freedom.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Jar Jar Binks has a way of getting into trouble...without even trying.

When frightened swamp creatures stampede, Jar Jar's tasty breakfast is rudely interrupted.

Jar Jar wonders why all the animals are fleeing. Then he sees the huge Trade Federation transport speeding toward him.

"Oh, noooo!" cries Jar Jar.

Jar Jar grabs hold of the first thing he sees. Luckily, the first thing he sees dives into the muddy swamp, taking Jar Jar along with him!

"Ooh, I luv yous," Jar Jar wails to the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. "Yousa savin' my life."

WATCH OUT, Jar Jar!

As a battle droid swoops down, Qui-Gon quickly draws his humming lightsaber. In a flash, he destroys the deadly droid.

"Dis crazy!" Jar Jar cries.

"Your planet, Naboo, is being attacked by the Trade Federation's army," Qui-Gon explains.

Qui-Gon agrees to let Jar Jar stay with him. But the Jedi Master cannot always keep Jar Jar out of trouble...

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
The plot is stronger than Dick and Jane, not quite at the Dr. Seuss level. But my 4-year-old loves the thing. He wants to read it - what more can one ask for a first reader than self-motivation? Good illustrations, basic vocabulary, frequent repetition, and not scary.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book yesterday, and while it certainly conforms to the category of 'Preschool', it is not a good book for your young son or daughter.
Plot: There is little or no plot. Jar Jar, akin to the film he is derived from, simply engages in a series of unrelated mishaps. This, ironically, might be taken as a Spoiler for the film, but it's not. Your child may find them entertaining, but if you want them to learn anything you are out of luck.
Language: The vocabulary is fine for the age group, and is (I would like to think) readable by a child that is just learning, but Jar Jar remains incoherent. It all depends on your taste; I prefer books for my toddler that have strong grammar, and _good English_ (or whichever language you prefer).
Moral: As with Plot, it's hard to find a moral or lesson in this book. If you just want to entertain your child with a recognizable character, this book won't hurt. If you want your child to learn anything besides how to interchange syllables in common words, look elsewhere.
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Format: Paperback
"Watch Out, Jar Jar" is an entertaining read but it has issues. As a picture book, the original illustrations are very attractive. The problem lies in the text and plot. While the book is intended for primary children (grades K-2), the vocabulary usually runs on a fourth grade level. Most primary students can not read and identify words such as 'stampede,' 'interrupted' 'humming' and 'platoon.' Because of this issue, the book is best as a read-aloud. Beyond this, there is no plot. While it loosely follows "The Phantom Menace," the reader must already know the story to make the connection. An interesting side note is that the book features two scenes that are a part of the Episode I story, but never made it into the film. One page, for example, shows when the Bongo (Gungan submarine) went over the Nubian waterfall. An author doesn't get a license to create poor literature just because a book is intended for young readers. Rather than create pop junk on the fly, the creators missed the opportunity to add to the cherished canon of children's Star Wars books.
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