As if Star Wars couldn’t get more clever, Disney Lucasfilm Press has released Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book, by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy, with illustrations by Katie Cook, and it is beyond charming. The forty-eight page book is geared towards children ages 4-8, and is an absolute delight to share with your children. You cannot help but smile with every entry, as the book has a lyrical poetic style perfectly complimented by the art. If you want your children to love learning the alphabet, and have fun along the way, the Star Wars ABC-3PO Alphabet Book is absolutely the way to go.
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.
5 out of 5 stars
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Note: A big thank you to Disney Lucasfilm Press for providing an advanced copy to review!
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