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Can Rey, Finn, General Leia, Poe Dameron, and Luke Skywalker save the galaxy from Kylo Ren and the evil First Order?

The epic space saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is retold in the iconic Little Golden Book format!

Featuring stunning retro illustrations, this book is perfect for Star Wars – and Little Golden Book – fans of all ages!

Writer:  Elizabeth Schaefer
Illustrator:  Alan Batson
Publisher:  Golden Books an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
Retail Price:  $4.99
Release Date:  July 10, 2018

Little Golden Books: Star Wars: The Last Jedi condenses the two hours and thirty-two minutes of the longest film in the franchise down to twenty-four pages.  Those twenty-four pages retell the film in a lighter tone suitable for young minds without losing the essence of the story. In fact, it may add some new perspective on the story for adult readers.

Elizabeth Schaefer sets a steady pace traveling point-by-point through the story.  Her style prevents oversimplification of the narrative.  Her rendition seems to  capture the elements of the story that really key in with younger minds.  This approach offers the adult reader a reminiscence to the youthful awe for Star Wars which further invigorates sharing this universe with children.

The contemporary styling of Aaron Batson’s illustrations are stimulating and appealing.  His images encapsulate the action, atmosphere, and the emotions of the story. His artwork accentuates the author’s story and they seem to have been perfectly paired for this project.

The book is recommended for ages 2-5 but it may still be a bit too wordy for some younglings.  This seems to be an unavoidable case for all of the Golden Book Star Wars film adaptations due to the vast amount of information contained in the films.  However,  bedtime stories aren’t meant to be word-for-word recitals so it is easily overcome with some improvisation.

Matt Shope
Matt Shope’s first time in a theater was for “The Empire Strikes Back” and has been infatuated with Star Wars ever since. He has seen each film at least 1,138 times and counting. His hunger for Star Wars is without limit and eagerly consumes it in all forms. Despite his wife’s vexation, he hopes to acquire a wardrobe of 365 different Star Wars T-Shirts someday.