A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy far, far away....
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy, A Graphic Novel (Published March 2016) with multiple credits at Lucasfilm Ltd and Disney
In honor of #StarWarsReads this month, Mr Bookworm did an epic read-along of the last section of the Star Wars Trilogy graphic novel. (Spoiler alert in case you don't know what happens at the end of Return of the Jedi. And if that's you, yes, I'm side-eyeing and judging you. Why haven't you watched this classic series yet?)
Little Lion Bookworm and Mini-Me Bookworm aided with visuals and sound effects. And I jumped in with Princess Leia. And, yes, that's a Kylo Ren Tsum Tsum doll and NOT Darth Vader because LL's Darth Vader Tsum Tsum is likely underneath her bed and we couldn't find it. LL refused to use her Itty Bitty Darth Vader. BTW, LL videobombs the read-along in one short section. And, this may be shocking news, but we did this all in one take. Right before dashing off to a Halloween party in the rain.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I was a little girl watching Episode IV: A New Hope in the comfort of my parents' bed and on a old school television where you had 13 channels and had to push the buttons on the actual TV set to change the channel. It's possible the video was a boot leg version because I remember being five or six years old at the time and the original film came out in 1977.
I even watched the prequels with my husband (then boyfriend) when they came out twenty years ago. And Mini-Me Bookworm was one of the few girls at her preschool who knew all about Star Wars way back before Episode VII was released because my husband told her stories about the original movies. But nothing, nothing prepared me for my bookworm girls and their reaction to the latest movies.
In prep for Episode VII, we watched the original three movies. I would have stopped there, but eventually they got curious about the prequels. They were sucked right into the world of Star Wars. I have posted pictures of Little Lion Bookworm dressed up as Princess Leia as well as Darth Vader. And for her sixth birthday, she insisted on a family only party with Star Wars as a theme. My twin and I both dressed up as Leia, LL was Darth Vader, Mini-Me dressed up as Senator Amidala and the rest of our family was decked out in all black or all white, depending on if they were with the rebels or on the dark side.
Needless to say, when the graphic novel version of the original Star Wars Trilogy was released earlier this year, we snapped it right up. In honor of #StarWarsReads for the month of October, here is Mr. Bookworm's guest review:
I wish they'd released this graphic novel back in 1983! It covers the
entire trilogy in 207 pages without missing a beat.
The graphic style is vivid, lighthearted and distinctive. Great for kids
who are new to the series or any Star Wars fan.
Rating: As always, graphic novels belong on the floor or lowest shelf. In my opinion, this graphic novel series is for Star Wars fans. If you or your littles aren't fans, you may not enjoy it as much. Or maybe it will make you a fan. The illustrations are awesome. (I was going to say out-of-this-world.....)
Little Lion Bookworm Review and Rating: Buy It! If you're not a Star Wars fan, make sure you get used to the characters in A New Hope, the first one. I like the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi.
Dr Bookworm note: If you haven't already checked out Tom Angleberger's series about Origami Yoda, what are you waiting for? A must for bookworms and reluctant readers alike. There are multiple mediums throughout the book for those reluctant readers who love Star Wars. Since October is #StarWarsReads month, you still have some time to do some Star Wars reading! There are also some fun craft printables available--Little Lion made the puppets from the Vader's Little Princess/Darth Vader and Son books by Jeffrey Brown.