First announced during last week’s episode of The Star Wars Show, StarWars.com’s Kristin Baver provides readers with a preview of the new book titled The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens by author Mark Salisbury. Priced at $29.99 (you can place your hardcover pre-order here) and published by Abrams Books, the 144-page young readers title set to arrive on May 25 is a must-read for any fan (regardless of age) who is fascinated by the world of Star Wars and what goes into creating the living beings that exist in that galaxy.

Check out Baver’s intro to her article below (including a look at the book’s cover) and then point your browser here for the full read and accompanying photos from the book.

In his new book and first in a new series, The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens, author Mark Salisbury takes readers on a 40-year journey, from the original trilogy to the newest film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Told in chronological order from the cutting-edge practical effects in the beginning to the strides ahead in CGI for the prequels and beyond, by focusing on Star Wars creatures, the progression of filmmaking and special effects comes alive to showcase the way new achievements in moviemaking magic are shaped by all that came before. But more than simply a history of special effects throughout the saga, the book also provides insights for fans who love to study every behind-the-scenes feature. The latest book was inspired by the likes of The Art of The Empire Strikes Back and The Empire Strikes Back Notebook, and broader looks at film history and DIY effects like Dick Smith’s Monster Make-Up Handbook. “I read those to death when I was a kid,” says Michael Siglain, creative director for Lucasfilm Publishing. “This is a book that I’ve always wanted to see. It’s a behind-the-scenes book for film fans all ages, for fans of monsters and aliens, and for fans of the saga.”

The book includes a treasure trove of photos, fold out features to debunk some of your favorite special effects, and special sketch books that showcase the evolution of some very special characters, like Yoda and Jabba the Hutt, from concept to creation.