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Star Wars: Rey and Pals

What if Rey hadn’t grown up all alone on dusty planet Jakku, but instead had a galaxy of friends to play with?

New York Times bestselling author of the Darth Vader and Son series Jeffrey Brown returns to the Star Wars galaxy with a collection of brand-new adventures starring young Rey and Kylo, Finn and Poe, Hux and Phasma, Rose and BB-8—all under the watch of Luke, General Leia, Han, and Chewie.

Whether it’s Kylo trying to use the Force to cheat at Go Fish, Poe bowling with BB-8, or Rey lifting rocks to play hide and seek, Jeffrey Brown’s charmingly hilarious vision will delight of Star Wars fans of all ages.

Size: 6½ x 6½ in;
Pages: 64 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: 20th August 2019
ISBN: 9781452180434

Jeffrey Brown has built a career on marrying charming imagery with smart scripting, releasing books full of wit and warmth that deservedly bother the top of book charts for months on end, adding a dose of fun and colour to the Star Wars galaxy. His latest Star Wars book – following the hugely successful Darth Vader and Son series comprising of Darth Vader and Son (which has sold over a million copies), Vader’s Little Princess, Goodnight Darth Vader and Darth Vader and Friends and the Jedi Academy series of Jedi Academy, Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan, Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully and Jedi Academy: Attack of the Journal  – continues the hot streak, bringing us into the era of the sequel trilogy as we get to meet Brown’s version of Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8,Kylo and friends.

It’s every bit as much fun as you’d expect, presented in the usual square-bound hardback style that is so attractive to look at and hold. Chronicle know what a winner they have on their hands and that translates to the presentation of the book and the accompanying releases that come in the form of the Rey and Pals Flexi-journal and the Rey and Pals: 30 Postcards. Most books don’t get that, but most books aren’t filled with such charming imagery.

Heading into the book itself it dives into some of the story elements of the sequel trilogy, poking gentle fun at the story, characters and situations from a kids point of view. Brown has a great knack of finding the innocent voices – you can pretty much hear the voice cast of the Charlie Brown series saying the words – and as such adds a sweet innocence (and some ewoks) to the book. There’s even a cute Beatles reference for fans of the Fab Four.

The series is one that can run and run, and presumably Chronicle and Lucasfilm feel the same. With The Rise of Skywalker on its way don’t be surprised if further adventures arrive. It’s a big galaxy, one that’s brighter for the presence of these magical books that kids of all ages can enjoy.

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Rey and Pals: (Darth Vader and Son Series, Funny Star Wars Book for Kids and Adults)
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Hardcover: 64 pages