Monday, September 30, 2013

Star Wars Reads Day

1186340_578217042235828_480256070_nStar Wars Reads Day is coming to Canada for the first time next month. Star Wars Read Day is a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookies, and all things Star Wars.   This year, it will be held at participating stores in the US and Canada on October 5th.  This special initiative will feature Star Wars Fans, authors, and artists.   The participating publishing partners are Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman.   Last year, during the Star Wars Read Day there were 30 authors and 1500 costumed volunteers in order 1200 Star Wars Reads Day events.  

In order to promote and celebrate, I have been offered to review some of the Star Wars titles that DK Canada offers to readers of all ages.  The full list of titles held by DK Canada can be visualized on their website.  Please note that at the time of this posting, DK Canada offers a special 30% off for a limited time.   Also, DK Canada offers numerous levelled Star Wars Readers which are tailor-made for Star Wars Reads.   You can access the list of all the DK Star Wars Readers on their website as well.

 Special Events will be happening on October 5th in participating stores.  For Ottawa, you can either go to Chapters Kanata Centrum (starts at 12pm) or Chapters Rideau (Starts at 3:30pm). 

More info on Star Wars Reads Day is here:


I was able to pick and choose the titles I wanted to review for this special events.  Here are the titles I have selected.

9781465408747HStar Wars Complete Vehicles

This fabulous book will bring much joy in any Star Wars fan and detailed oriented person.   The Star Wars Complete Vehicles book will allow you to explore the inner working of the spaceships and vehicles from all Star Wars movies.   This special expanded edition now possess new cross-section artworks and fabulous photos.      It is packed with visual explorations of numerous Star Wars spacecraft and landcraft, including the TIE bomber, the Imperial shuttle, A-Wing, B-Wing, and much more.  Packed with detailed drawings full in color you can examine each craft’s weapon systems, engine, hyperdrives, cockpits, and construction secrets.   You will definitively be expose to never-before-seen glimpse at the vehicles that are seen in the Star Wars universe.   I have passionate kids when it comes to Star Wars.  Over the past couple of years, every time we have the opportunity to get a new book related to the series, the kids dive right into the book and proceed to inform us on their newly found knowledge.   

This book will bring the same enthusiasm, the same excitement and the same love of learning that previous Star Wars books have brought in my household.  As I flip through the pages of this book, I can feel the awe and imagination climbing in me.   The drawing are stupendous with details that will excites any Star Wars fan.   Earlier this year, we had the privilege to go visit the Star Wars Identities exposition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.   Going through the pages of this marvelous book reminded me of the ships I had seen while visiting the special exposition. 



Star Wars Complete Vehicles is definitively a book that will provide numerous hours of reading to your Star Wars fan. Next time you do a marathon of the movies with your family, expect your knowledgeable fan to state interesting facts about the vehicles and spacecraft seen in the movies. 


9780756682538HStar Wars Character Encyclopedia

The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is the definitive illustrated guide to get for the fan in you or in your family.   Discover all that you always wanted to know about your favorite characters of the Star Wars galaxy!  Through the pages of this book you will get the profiles of the characters from the Star Wars galaxy complete with stat boxes, expert text, incredible movie stills, and photos.   The book is similar to the Star Wars The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia and will allow you to learn more about the characters in the movies.   I find that this book is fabulous more about the not so frequent characters encountered in the movies.  With more than 200 profiles, this is book is a must have for Star Wars fans of all ages.

See some of the pages from the book!



9780756611576HDK Reader Star Wars What is a Wookie?

This specific title has been written especially for the young fans of the furry, friendly Wookies and other aliens from the Star Wars world.     This book is considered a Level 1 – Beginning to Read DK Reader which means you will find word repetition, limited vocabulary, and simple sentences.  Your young reader will be able to discover more about C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Jar Jar Binks, Watto, Sebulba, the Pit Droids, Jabba the Hutt, Dexter Jettster, Jawas, and my favourite ones the Ewoks!  *grin*  This book is definitively a great introduction to the characters in the movies. 


DK Reader Star Wars The Clone Wars Ackbar’s Underwater Army9780756692476H

This specific title is considered a Level 3 – Reading Alone Dk Reader.  It contains more complex sentence structure, information boxes, a comprehensive index, as well as an alphabetical glossary.   This title will recall another episode of the Star Wars The Clone Wars as your readers join the amphibious warrior Ackbar and his fellow squidheaded militants in an underwater battle on his aquatic homeworld of Mon Calamari.  If you have a child who enjoys watching the Star Wars The Clone Wars but is reluctant in reading, I strongly suggest that you consider the DK Readers books based on Star Wars and Star Wars The Clone Wars.   I have found from my own experience as a parent that having books that spark the interest in the child will be move effective in encouraging reading than only putting them books that you think they will like.  


9780756692452HDK Reader Star Wars The Clone Wars Chewbacca and the Wookie Warriors

This specific title from the DK series is considered a Level 2 – Beginning to Read Alone DK Reader.  This means that you will find longer sentences and increased vocabulary throughout the pages of this book as well as information boxes containing fun facts and a simple index.   I picked this title because apart from the Wookies another favourite character of mine is definitively Chewbacca.   In Chewbacca and the Wookie Warriors, a younger Chewbacca is teaming up with Jedi Ashoka to smash and bash their way our of a planetwide Trandoshan hunting party with the help of the marooned Jedi younglings.   Based on an episode of the popular television series Star Wars The Clone Wars, this book will encourage your kids to develop their reading skills in order to re-discover the adventures of the Wookie Warriors. 


Star Wars Mega Models9781465401793H

This is one of my favourite items from the Star Wars books that DK offers.  This all-in-one kit allows fans to build their very own 3D Star Wars paper models.  In the book, you will have step-by-step instructions in order to allow you build Anakin’s lightsaber, a TIE fighter, Boba Fett’s bounty hunter helmet as well as my favourite Yoda!  While building from the punch-out card-stick model parts, the young fan of Star Wars will also learn fascinating facts.   Each model is rated depending on its level of difficulty.   I would strongly suggest that you start with the easier ones before embarking on more complex ones like Yoda or the TIE fighter which is consider an advanced one.   With this book, you have the opportunity to build and discover the galaxy's characters, technology, weapons, and vehicles in Star Wars®: Mega Models!  

Honestly, I almost wish that there would be more books like this in the future.  It’s a great way to entertain your kids and have fun at the same time.  However, please note that I personally think that this book is not recommended for kids whom are younger than nine years old.  Younger than that might bring some issues of impatience and some crying because of the complexity of the models.  


DK Canada has a special activity book that you can download and print.  It contains recipes, crafts, coloring pages as well as games.   Don’t hesitate to get this…  It’s totally FREE!  Click on the image below to access it.



All of these titles and many more are available at your favourite bookstore, even and    And don’t forget that DK Canada has a special sale (at the time of the post) where you can save up to 30% off on titles from their Star Wars titled.








Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned titles 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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