Are you looking for a straightforward book about The Last Jedi, introducing characters, factions, and more to children? If so, you’re in luck, as DK Publishing has got you covered with Star Wars The Last Jedi: Heroes of the Galaxy.
In this book by Ruth Amos (yes, the same Ruth Amos who spoke on the Fangirls Going Rogue panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando*), readers can read about the major characters in The Last Jedi. Heroes of the Galaxy is a DK level 2 reading book and features two-page layouts of pictures and text, primarily about key characters in The Last Jedi. Such characters include Rey, Poe, Finn, Supreme Leader Snoke, General Leia Organa, DJ, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and General Hux, amongst others (in all, there are 19 such sections).
In addition to the characters, there is also a cute “Canto Bight Dos and Don’ts” page, as well as a quiz at the end of the book. Furthermore, there is a glossary and an index at the back of the book.
This book seems like a beginner’s guide, of sorts, to The Last Jedi, in a way that the Visual Encyclopedia is a more advanced guide. Furthermore, inasmuch as this book is geared towards younger readers, it could even serve as an introductory guide to the movie, or perhaps even as a quick review booklet from the movie, even for adults. For adults, it can even be nice to have around even just for friends for a quick review of the characters and actions in the movie.
This book is geared towards children beginning to read – level 2 – on DK’s four-levels of (1) learning to read, (2) beginning to read, (3) beginning to read alone, and (4) reading alone. My oldest daughter, who is eight years old, was able to breeze through it, as she is easily capable of reading by herself. Her six-year old sister, however, was a different story, as she is more of a beginning reader.
In addition to the written content in the book, the pictorial content is very engaging, as a lot of the character pictures are very clean and in your face. They’re quite good.
Heroes of the Galaxy is a nice reference book and worthy of being included in a child’s library.
*To check out the Fangirls Going Rogue episode on which Ruth Amos appeared, you can check it out here.