Published: August 20, 2019
Author and artist: Jeffrey Brown
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Hardback (64 pages)
RRP: UK £10.99/US $14.95
What if Rey hadn’t grown up all alone on dusty planet Jakku, but instead had a galaxy of friends to play with? New York Times bestselling author of the Darth Vader and Son series Jeffrey Brown returns to the Star Wars galaxy with a collection of brand-new adventures starring young Rey and Kylo, Finn and Poe, Hux and Phasma, Rose and BB-8—all under the watch of Luke, General Leia, Han, and Chewie. Whether it’s Kylo trying to use the Force to cheat at Go Fish, Poe bowling with BB-8, or Rey lifting rocks to play hide and seek, Jeffrey Brown’s charmingly hilarious vision will delight of Star Wars fans of all ages.
The cover is simple, showing art of an illustration from within the book, but once again I was impressed by the physical quality of the book. The hardback cover is accented by metallic lettering and bordering that gives it a great look.
The artwork is quite simplistic in a way, but even this style allows for instant recognition of characters from their likenesses and costumes. The colours are vibrant and that really makes the images stand out. Brown injects a lot of school playground humour into the illustrations, which works so well and making light of some of the more serious sides of the movies.
George Lucas went on record a few years back to say that Star Wars was aimed at a much younger audience than what it actually gathered as a fanbase from day one and this book is just the same. As an adult reader, although aimed at young readers, I found this book to be funny, charming and heart-warming. I will definitely be paying more attention to the past releases in this series of books and any other ones in the future.
‘Star Wars: Rey and Pals’ by Jeffrey Brown is published by Chronicle Books and was released on 20th August 2019. It is available from all good bookstores on the high street and via Amazon and other online retailers with a RRP of UK £10.99/US $14.95.
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