Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 13: And a Wookie to You Too!

Welcome to Day 13 in our 24 Days of Books. It's a gorgeous, sunny day in Portland today, which causes us to look to the sky, which leads us, naturally, to think of all things Star Wars. Surely you have a Star Wars fan in your circle of friends and family. Check out all of the cool Star Wars books we have in the store:

Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle. This gorgeous $50 hardcover book is the definitive history of all-things Star Wars, a coffee-table book celebrating four amazing decades of the Star Wars experience. This is truly the book for the Star Wars fans of all ages.

Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded, by Ryder Windham (Dorling Kindersley; $24.99). This oversized hardcover book reveals the story of the amazing Star Wars saga in full detail, covering not just the movies but also the ever-expanding range of books, novels, comics, and media. Packed full of interesting facts about the world of Star Wars merchandise and fandom, astonishing pieces of art, and full-color photographs, this compendium is the key to knowing everything there is to know about the iconic brand that is Star Wars.

Matthew Reinhart is one of the Kings of Pop-Up (capitalizing just felt right), and he shows off all of his skills in this new book: Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure, published by Orchard Books ($36.99). In this explosive, interactive, pop-off-the-page book about the Star Wars franchise, Reinhart has created a new 3-D experience packed with great features such as pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive features. The book explores the characters, stories, vehicles, droids, and more -- a stunning book that will impress all fans and provide a whole new perspective to the universe.
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away..., by Chris Alexander (Workman Publishing; $16.95). This is probably my favorite of the bunch: a book that combines the Star Wars universe with a hands-on activity book -- what could be cooler than that? A front section introduces origami definitions and basic folds. Bound in the back is the book's unique folding paper, two sheets for each figure, enabling users to create ships, droids, weapons, and many many Star Wars characters, such as Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, and R2-D2. The creations range in difficulty from easy to tricky, and will provide hours of entertainment for the Star Wars followers in your universe.
Everything old is new again, right? LEGO seems to be all the rage right now -- again. And the Star Wars franchise has hopped on that wagon too. We've got both the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia ($18.99) and LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary ($21.99), both from Dorling Kindersley.

Not everything is made of LEGO. We have the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia also from Dorling Kindersley ($16.99). This book is the definitive illustrated guide to Luke Skywalker, Jabba the Hut, and many more favorite characters from the Star Wars galaxy, with stat boxes, expert text, incredible movie stills, and more than 200 profiles. This is book is a must have for Star Wars fans.
For the younger Star Wars fans in your world, we have Star Wars 1, 2, 3, a boardbook that uses Star Wars' most popular heroes, villains, vehicles, droids, and aliens to teach fundamental counting skills; and Star Wars: Phonics Boxed Set, which includes ten books and two workbooks that use full-color images of Star Wars characters to teach reading -- particularly good for reluctant readers. 
As always, you'll find many more great gift ideas in our Holiday Books guide, available at our store, and we're always happy to help you find just the right gift. See you soon!

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