Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lego Star Wars The Visual Dictionary

9780756655297HLego Star Wars The Visual Dictionary
Published at DK Canada

About the book

In true DK style, LEGO® Star Wars™:The Visual Dictionary elucidates, illuminates, and excites even the most discerning LEGO Group, Star Wars™, and minifigure fans around the world. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and more are brought to life with dozens of little-known facts and hundreds of photos, as are accessories, vehicles, weapons, and even the Death Star! Learn about the history, manufacture, and construction of the minifigures of the Star Wars galaxy, and come away a LEGO® Jedi Master.

My Thoughts

My boys are crazy about Star Wars.   They could play with their LEGO figurines for hours at hand.   They could read Star Wars books whenever they want.   My son, Dominic, keeps carrying the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia no matter where we go.   As soon as we are in the truck, you can bet that he is reading through the book.   This child of mine will know every about each characters in the legendary movies.

This book has four chapters – one on the movie saga, one on the Clone Wars, on covering the special sets and finally the last chapter presenting everything beyond the Brick.   There is definitively lots of information about the LEGO Star Wars products in this book.   As the title suggest it, it is primarily a visual dictionary which means that a child with limited reading capabilities can easily look at the numerous images and pictures in this book.    However, if your child reads by himself (or herself because some girls do love Star Wars too!) there is also fun facts about the characters, ships and so on.

Inside the book, you will be able to;

  • See a complete illustrated timeline of every LEGO Star Wars set ever produced, including the latest Clone Wars sets.
  • Discover all the minifigures, from Anakin to Yoka and how the LEGO Star Wars sets are designed and created. (That should grab the interest of my kids!)
  • Explore every detail of the Millennium Falcon, Imperial Star Destroyer, and Death Star.

And to top it off, this book comes with an exclusive minifigure representing Luke Skywalker after he receive the medal,

D12 MAY THE FOURTH-2012 rectangle2Personally I really like looking at the images in the fourth chapter of the book.  There is also an interview with Jens Kronvold Frederiksen who is the Design manager of the LEGO Star Wars team in Billund, Denmark.    (I know some kids who will read this with great attention!).  You can also see some other merchandising behind the movies…   I’m happy to say that we personally own one of the stuffed Ewoks from Walt Disney World that we bought back in 1998 during our honeymoon.   I love the Ewoks and my husband bought it while we were at MGM Studios.

Now why am I presenting you this book today?   Well it is the first of May and in a few days there will be an event titled May the 4th with DK Canada and Chapters Indigo stores.  

In celebration of the May the 4th Be With You! event, you need to know that for every DK Star Wars book sold at Chapters / Indigo stores on May 4-6, we will be making a donation to the Indigo For the Love of Reading Foundation

Here’s some information about the program.

We passionately believe that when a child has a book put in their hands it changes their life forever.  With the support of Indigo customers and employees the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation puts books into the hands of Canadian children. To do date Love of Reading has committed over $12 million to more than 650 high-needs elementary schools across the country so children can develop a love of reading, unleash their dreams and fulfil their potential.  For more information about the Foundation visit, loveofreading.org.

Also, several Chapters and Indigo stores across Canada will be having special May the 4th parties during the weekend sponsored by DK and featuring costumed characters from Star Wars provided by the 501st Legion.  Here’s a full list of stores ( asterix means the 501st will be there! ).

  • NEWFOUNDLAND – Saturday May 5th / Call for details  - Chapters St. John’s  70 Kenmount St A1B 1W3  –709.726.0375
  • NEW BRUNSWICK – Saturday May 5th / Call for details  – Chapters Halifax  - Bayers Lake Power Centre, 188 Chain Lake Dr – 902.450.1023
  • OTTAWA* – Friday May 4th – 12 noon – Chapters Rideau – 47 Rideau Street – 613.241.0073
  • OTTAWA*– Saturday May 5th – 3.00 pm – Chapters Kanata – Kanata Centrum, 400 Earl Grey Drive Unit # 1- 613.271.7553
  • TORONTO* – Friday May 4th – 12.30 pm – Indigo Eaton Centre – 220 Yonge St – 416.591.3622
  • TORONTO – Saturday May 5th  / Call for details   - Indigo Yorkdale – 3401 Dufferin St, Unit #29 – 416.781.6660
  • WINNIPEG*– Saturday May 5th – 12 noon – Chapters Polo Festival, 695 Empress Street – 204.775.5999
  • CALGARY*– Friday May 4th – 2.00 pm – Chapters Shawnessy – The Boulevard Shopping Centre, 16061 Macleod Trail S.E. – 403.201.5660
  • VANCOUVER* – Friday May 4th – 12 noon – Chapters Robson – 788 Robson Street – 604.682.4066

If you want DK Canada to donate some marvelous book to the foundation, all you have to do is to submit pix of the Chapters / Indigo events and either post them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DKCanada or Tweet them using the hashtag #DKmay4th.   For each photo DK Canada receives, they will make a donation to the Love of Reading Foundation.

Finally, for the entire month of May DK Canada is having a photo contest where people are invited to send photos of themselves or loved ones reading DK Star Wars books.    For each picture received, DK Canada will again make a donation to the Love of Reading Foundation.   Information about the contest will be posted under “PHOTO CONTEST”  at cn.dk.com/starwars.     DK Canada will pick an Office Favourite photo and that person will win a DK Star Wars library worth $200 and we will donate a complete set of DK Star Wars Readers to the library of school of their choice.

To celebrate the upcoming May the 4th Be With You! event, I will be posting different books of the Star Wars collection from DK Canada.

In the meantime, if you would like to purchase the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary for your child or for someone you know just loves the Star Wars movies/television shows, the book is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca.

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.

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