In a library, very, very near by… is the second annual Star Wars Reads Day! Saturday, October 5th.
A collaboration between one of the most popular and enduring science fiction franchises and one of the most enjoyable of human past times (books and reading, that is), Star Wars Reads Day is an international event that celebrates everything we love (and maybe love to hate) about George Lucas’ cinematic legacy, literacy, and all of the wonderful books, films, and various Star Wars incarnations inspired by those stories of a galaxy far, far away.
Here are some of the more stellar titles in recent Star Wars-inspired literature that any good Jedi (or good I mean bad I mean evil Sith) should know:
Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown, is an imaginative graphic novel for adults but is completely accessible to kids that offers this supposition: What if Darth Vader had been around when Luke was just a tyke? Something a little like this:
Vader’s Little Princess is a sequel to Darth Vader and Son and explores the flip-side of the Skywalker sibling spectrum: How would Darth Vader have dealt with a pint-size Princess Leia?
Jedi Academy, Jeffrey Brown’s latest entry to his collection of Star Wars-themed books, is aimed at the Diary of A Wimpy Kid demographic, and offers somewhat more original fare but is still teeming nonetheless with familiar midi-chlorian-powered antics that Jediphiles will go completely Wookiee over. One particular wise figure of some renown is featured as an academic official:
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger, is the first book in a juvenile fiction series featuring a version of our beloved green-skinned Jedi Master that I’m sure no one would’ve expected; paper-folded Yoda! A collection of “case-files” scribbled, dictated or doodled by a group of sixth-graders, it describes their experiences with the little origami sage which has the uncanny ability to dispense (sometimes precognitive) advice not unlike that of its original namesake, completely at odds with the inclinations of the weird boy who made him. Other books in the series include:
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher, is exactly what it sounds like, but then again it’s probably not so simple to imagine unless you’ve had the particular experience of reading it. Not for the casually curious, nor for those who are disinclined towards iambic pentameter, it is highly recommended if you simultaneously are one who enjoys reading Shakespeare (guilty) and also gravitate towards all things Star Wars (which I do, most helplessly ). It’s definitely not a spoof, more accurately described as a re-telling of that grand galactic epic in the decadent prose of one of the best writers of literary epics. Doescher illustrates his love of both with this laboriously (I’m only speculating) crafted piece of literature, even down to the less epic Star Wars minutiae:
"C-3PO: Now is the summer of our happiness/
Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!
R2-D2: Beep beep,/
Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, beep, beep, whee!
C-3PO: We’re doomed."
Click on any of the titles to visit the OC Public Libraries website and reserve a copy today.
Check with your local library branch to see how they plan on celebrating Star Wars Reads Day, and for more general information about this annual event, visit the official Star Wars website here.
May the force (of literacy) be with you! Use the Library, Luke! (By Luke, I mean all of you, not just the ones named Luke).
Jeffrey Brown illustrations used with permission from Scholastic and Chronicle Books.