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Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book Hardcover – June 14, 2016
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It’s also a pleasant reading experience for Star Wars fans; you don’t need to have a child in mind to enjoy the book. Each entry covers either a film or television character from the Star Wars universe, and each one contains a piece of poetry that is equal parts clever, engaging, and pleasantly self-referential. The very first entry is (naturally) the letter A, where Admiral Ackbar is featured, and the authors take this opportunity to allow our favorite Mon Calamari to make a commentary on his famous line of dialogue from Return of the Jedi. The poetry is exceptionally witty and humorous; you will find yourself smiling, and, on occasion, laughing. The creators of this book clearly get Star Wars, and are smart people.
Katie Cook’s illustrations are equally endearing. I’m not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I know what makes me smile, and Cook’s art is a visual delight. The characters are endearing and childlike without diminishing their narrative prowess. In fact, it adds to them in a way I didn’t expect. To borrow an idiom, every picture here tells a story, which is critical to engaging young minds. Cook’s art adds to the overall experience, and lovingly compliments the Star Wars story.
Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book hits all the right beats for me as a parent, an educator, and as a Star Wars fan. Children are naturally curious, and have a voracious appetite to learn and be entertained. Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book does just that, and lovingly embraces the Star Wars universe and characters. If you meet any of these criteria, Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book is the book for you.
This book review might need to be censored for overall cuteness. The book I'm reviewing is Star Wars ABC-3PO: Galactic Basic Edition.
Yes, this is an ABC book. Yes, it's Star Wars ABC. And yes, it's unbelievably cute. Star Wars kids are going to love it and Star Wars parents are going to love it.
The book takes all 26 letters of the alphabet and offers a two-page spread for each letter. Each one focuses on a specific character (or two, like the L page). There's an adorable poem that talks about the character and really shows some insight into the Star Wars universe.
Plus, fans of the movies and Star Wars Rebels are going to find characters they love. The designs of the characters are reminiscent of Mary Blair. Katie Cook, the illustrator, even managed to make Jabba the Hutt look adorable...as he's getting choked by Princess Leia.
Each page features the Aurebesh script, so you can teach your youngling Galactic Basic! I chuckled while reading so many of the entries, especially the two featuring Kylo Ren and the Stormtroopers. It seems as if those poor stormtroopers are never going to catch a break.
Star Wars ABC-3PO is definitely not a trap! Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy did a wonderful job!
Star Wars fans are going to love this book. It's cute, charming, well-written and very well-illustrated.
Have you read Star Wars ABC-3PO? What do you think about this Star Wars picture book?
FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by Disney Publishing Worldwide for the purpose of this review.