Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock of late you can’t fail to noticed a resurgence in Star Wars related “stuff” out and about. The new film is due for release in December – just in time for the Christmas holidays.
I’m going to hold my hands up and say I know next to nothing about Star Wars films and I’m not even convinced I’ve watched a whole one (or even part of one come to that). However, Dave loves Star Wars and has decided that it’s time to educate Ben in the ways of the Force. They have started to watch the films together on a weekend after the girls are in bed as a bit of a special treat.
As you can imagine both boys were very excited when Ben received a bundle of Star Wars books through the post from Egmont – the poor kid had to wait couple of days to be able to dive into them properly and each day he was asking “Can we look at the books today Mum?” – any book which ignites that sort of excitement to read in a boy of Ben’s age is onto a winner from the off in my eyes!
Where’s the Wookiee?
I must admit that this book was my favourite from the start! I always loved Where’s Wally as a kid and as someone whose Star Wars knowledge could be written on the back of an ewok’s paw, it was great that this book was still really accessible to me. I could still hunt for Wookiee with Ben even though I knew nothing about what was going on in the pictures. Of course for the boys the experience was entirely different – there’s so much to look at and talk about outside of just looking for Wookiee. This book is great fun and has the added bonus of really honing your observational skills with minimal text for those reluctant readers.
Star Wars Activity Book
This activity book is great for dipping into – full of puzzles, mazes, word searches and over 100 stickers – although Ben is just 6 there is plenty which is accessible to him and just as much to challenge older fans. With instructions to follow there are plenty of sneaky opportunities to practise developing reading skills without them even realising it!
Star Wars Doodles
I loved the idea of this book – its lovely quality and so much more than a colouring book. Each page offers up the chance to draw, colour and create characters and scenes from the Star Wars films. To get the most out of this book I think you really need to know the films well, which Ben doesn’t yet and has sensibly suggested he’s going to save it till he understands more and can do a proper job!
If you’d like to hear Ben’s thoughts straight from the wookie’s mouth you can watch his video:
Should you fancy trying out any of the books they can be purchased from the links below:
*Disclaimer – Ben was sent the books free of charge for the purposes of review and I have been compensated for my time in writing this*