C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 are on a special mission to the desert planet of Tatooine for the Resistance, but between befriending banthas and cheering on pod races, BB-8 and R2-D2 are having a hard time focusing.
What’s a droid to do but have some fun in the sun? It’s a good thing everyone’s favorite protocol droid is on hand to keep the mission on track.
But one thing is for certain, C-3PO does not like sand!
Writer: Caitlin Kennedy
Artist: Brian Kesinger
Release Date: June 4, 2019
C-3PO Does Not Like Sand! kicks of the new series “Droid Tales” announced during the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. The new series is directed toward the younglings and was certainly a fun read with my 4-year old. The story is a playful take on C-3PO’s Maker’s belaboring the obvious: “I don’t like sand. It’s all coarse, and rough, and irritating. And it gets everywhere.”
We find ourselves accompanying the droids to Tatooine on what seems to be surveillance mission for the Resistance. The actual specifics of their purpose are not important, and the actual task is only relevant to our favorite overbearing, paranoid, and doomsaying droid, C-3PO. R2-D2 and BB-8 see the visit as an opportunity to basically have fun, see the sites, and interact with the local populace. Some of the familiar denizens of Tatooine have an appearance such a Ronto, a Bantha, and a Jawa. They also have a brief glimpse of a pod race too.
Caitlin Kennedy tells the tale at a tempo that keeps the story flowing but punctuated with moments which could allow some interaction if the story is being read to an audience. I think it is geared to a younger age than suggested and would put it in a 4-7. I would put this book in a niche like the Dr. Seuss Library. It appears ages 8 and beyond have moved on to a more advanced level. My 8-year old showed no interest in the book but my 4-year old loved it.
Brian Kesinger’s artwork is wonderful and fun. Like the Droids cartoon and its accompaniment comic book series, Kesinger gives 3PO facial expressions to convey his impatience and distress
I may be biased in my opinion because C-3PO and R2-D2 are among my four favorite characters, but I think the concept of a Droids Tales series is a brilliant idea. The duo finds themselves find themselves in situations all throughout the Star Wars universe. They are a pair that never becomes tiresome as we follow them on their misadventures. I excitedly await the next book in the series.
- Caitlin Kennedy
- Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
- Hardcover: 64 pages