When I say ‘rebel’, what image comes to mind? If you’re old enough, probably James Dean. A few years younger, perhaps any of a number of grunge/punk rockers. In today’s world of e-readers and constant screen time, picking up a physical book can feel like being a rebel, without the risk of a mark on your police record. The folks over at DK Canada have a great selection of #StarWarsDay themed books, ready to ignite the rebel within.
The entire premise of Star Wars is built on the rebels, the under dogs, overthrowing the evil powers that are ruining their once peaceful universe. If you have had trouble keeping rack of the story line (and I can’t blame you), the first six Episodes are covered in glorious detail in The Ultimate Star Wars. The foreword is written by Anthony Daniels, the man behind C-3PO. And here’s some fun trivia: He is the only actor to work on all six (and soon seven) Episodes. Aside from the character biographies, location, technology, and vehicle photos and descriptions, there is an extremely helpful 8-page chronological timeline. Now there is not a single excuse for getting lost in George Lucas’ genius.
The partnership between Lego and the Star Wars franchise is nothing less than epic. The part that makes me happiest is that Lego is labelled as a building toy for those 6+ years – no age limit. Thank goodness. I may have been known to assemble a piece or two in the evening myself. Keeping track of the myriad of Star Wars Lego sets is almost as daunting as following the original story line. The Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (updated and expanded) has close to 300 Star Was Mini-Figures in it. Three hundred! Plus, every variant. You’re going to have to sit down and figure out just how many that is exactly. This book is also full of Jeopardy-worthy trivia. Did you now that the mould to make Queen Amidala is unique to her? Or that Owen Lars was updated in 2014, but his wife has never made an appearance yet? Or that there is a mysterious Skyhopper Pilot minifigure, rumoured to be Luke Skywalker? We’ll never know for sure – he sports a darkened visor. The combination of these two books will absolutely make you a champion board game player.
DK Canada has all sorts of awesome Star Wars books to satisfy your inner book-reading rebel. This year, they have also created some pretty cool downloadable activities. Be sure to check them out. And May The 4th Be With You.
One of my Canadian readers has the opportunity to win a copy of Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. I am not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Approximate retail value $20.99 Contest closes May18, 2015 11;59 PM ET. Good luck everybody!