Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May the 4th Be With You


DK Celebrates Star Wars™ and Reading in Canada!

DK Publishing is delighted to announce a special online event celebrating reading and Star Wars!

On May the 4th, ten Canadian blogs and websites will each be posting reviews of a selection of DK’s Star Wars titles (including the New York Times bestseller – The LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary) and the DK Canada website will launch a contest where Canadians are invited to send in photos of themselves, friends and family reading Star Wars books.

For every photo submitted, DK Publishing will donate a “toonie” to Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization. One of the photos will be selected as a winning image, with the entrant receiving a complete DK Star Wars library (valued at $400). Also a donation of a complete DK Readers Star Wars collection (29 books) will be made to the Canadian school or library of the winners choice.

The May the 4th Be With You Photo Contest will run from May 4th until May 31st and will be accessible online at

Participating Websites DK May the 4th Be With You icon

Jedi News

The Supermom

Serendipitous Readings

Daisy’s Book Blog

One Movie Five Views

Canadianladybug Reviews! 

Another Day, Another Thought

Bored Mommy

Sal’s Fiction Addiction

About Frontier College:

Frontier College has been a leader in providing literacy programs since 1899. Literacy is an essential skill in today’s world. At Frontier College, we believe it’s a fundamental right. Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health and high unemployment. Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping Canadians to realize their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.  For more information about Frontier College visit

About DK Publishing

Founded in 1974, DK (Dorling Kindersley) is the visionary publisher renowned for its innovative nonfiction books in which words and pictures are closely integrated to combine comprehensive reference material and superb design in order to present information with unrivalled clarity.

STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.


And now let’s read my review on star wars – the complete visual dictionary!

SD231SW-US-LEO.inddIn a galaxy far far away, four kids were totally enjoying the Star Wars Clone Wars television series.   Their mom thought it would be a great surprise to request a Star Wars book from a publisher with whom she review their books.    It was agreed that the post will be put on a specific day – May the 4th.   The day has finally arrived!

The book we have received is the Star Wars – The Complete Visual Dictionary.    This wonderful book will provide a complete, comprehensive overview of the Prequel movies (Episodes I-III) and the Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI), this is the definitive photographic guide to the entire Star Wars saga!    It is illustrated with more than 1,000 high-quality annotated photographs and stills, contains astonishing back story detail supplied by Lucasfilm and not found in any other books  and includes additional spreads, updated text, and new photography.

So what do you think happened when I opened the box from DK Canada?


The kids literally jumped on it…  No need to go sit in the living room when you can be comfortable on the ground while looking at it.    They were ecstatic!   Literally…

Since then they read (with the help of their older brother) any tidbit of information they can.  And now while we watch the 2nd season of Star Wars Clone Wars they say things like: “This guy has two hearts – one is located in his brain area.”  Really?  

Back in April, while we were having my brother-in-law (a big fan of Star Wars) and his family over for supper, the kids showed him the book.  He was impressed by it and couldn’t believe how much information was contained in it.   Then my daughter Jasmine, who is three years old, proceed to tell him which characters were a good guys and which ones were bad guys.   Hilarious.   So he flipped the pages and asked her questions about who this was and was he/she good or bad.   His niece got them all right (well almost).   Jasmine was even able to tell him which droid was a medical droid.    He was laughing at her responses as she was very passionate by it.   Jasmine’s favourite character is Ahsoka Tano aka Snips and unfortunately, she isn’t in the pages for the Star Wars The Complete visual Dictionary.

More recently, while I was walking in the living room I caught my two youngest looking at the book together.  I couldn’t resist taking some pictures…


To be honest, seeing my kids being passionate about characters that were first presented back in the 70s is simply fantastic.   

Since then, the kids keep asking for coloring pages of Star Wars.   The boys have been plastering their bedroom walls with them.   And they can’t get enough of Star Wars Legos either…


May the 4th be with you!  Oups….  I should say

May the Force be With You!

What about you?  How did Star Wars entered the life of your own kids?  


DK Canada has an amazing collection of titles available under the Star Wars name.  Visit the Star Wars Boutique to discover the various titles available at DK Canada!


Star Wars – The Complete Visual Dictionary is available at your favourite bookstore, even at

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.


  1. Seeing how taken you kids are with this book is the best review.

    Visiting via Daisy's Book Journal