Star Wars is everywhere at the moment but despite their enthusiasm my Little Shires are too young (and too scared at times) to sit through the back catalogue of movies. So the Star Wars Little Golden Book Library collection which has condensed each film into a 24-page book, is a brilliant introduction to the stories!
The box set of Star Wars by The Little Golden Book Library – one book for every movie.
Ambitious, yes, but it works and each has a retro kinda style, which adds a bit of nostalgia for the parents. Each book is fully illustrated and has a certain throw-back feel, like they could’ve come from the 1970s.
Sometimes I felt the cartoons were rather childish and really didn’t resemble the movie characters, however that was me looking at it from an adult’s perspective. Although the Little Shires have seen snippets of the movies on YouTube and of course the merchandising, they aren’t comparing these books to the movies, so this wasn’t an issue for them at all.
Little Mister pointing out all of the Star Wars characters and in particular Chewie, his favourite!
Little Mister really enjoys these books, which – when you look at it through a child’s eye – do bring the stories to life and are exactly that – child like.
When reading it you do get the sense that some bits are dumbed down, after all they’re trying to fit a movie into a 24-page synopsis with a U-certificate. Darth Vader is elevated to super star status & referred to as just ‘Darth’ – a bit like Madonna or Kylie, he needs no surname! But each is fun and fast paced; it tells the story and introduces the children to key characters and their relationships with each other.
Darth, as he’s referred to.
I’m not a purist Star Wars fan in any way, but according to Dadtired some bits are missed out, such as when Princess Leia killed Jabba the Hutt. To me – and the children – it didn’t detract from the story because we didn’t miss what we didn’t know. So don’t expect these to be a scene-for-scene translation, they’re not. But I don’t think they need to be.
There is certainly enough recognition with the characters for Little Mister to ‘read’ these stories to himself and enjoy them, as well as having them read to him.
We enjoy reading these and both Little Shires are now more familiar with the Star Wars saga and the characters, rather than just the ‘May the Force be with you’ scene.
Available to buy singularly, or in my opinion, the box set priced around £20 is a better, and worthwhile, investment,
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, I just wanted to share the Force of these Star Wars stories amongst other parents who, like me, were finding it difficult to translate the first Six stories into suitable child speak!
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.