Book review: A Jedi You Will Be

Disney Books generously sent this book for review and guys, it is beyond cute! Picture books are in hot demand in our home, as distance learning requires some asynchronous time in which the kids have to read on their own. A Jedi You Will Be is a delightful picture book and here is our review!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and learn how to use the Force in this hilarious and stylized picture book narrated by everybody’s favorite Jedi Master, Yoda!

A Jedi You Will Be book review

A Jedi You Will Be is a funny picture book that uses whimsical illustrations to bring home the theme of perseverance. The book by Preeti Chhibber and Mike Deas is a short picture book that shows the Luke Skywalker/Yoda training scenes in the Empire Strikes Back film.

Set in Dagoba, I liked that other Star Wars characters (Obi Wan Kenobi, R2D2 and Darth Vader) are featured in between Yoda’s thoughtful words of bravery and using thoughtfulness instead of attacking a foe.

Perfect for first and second-graders who are cultivating reading skills,the A Jedi You Will Be picture book has simple sentences filled with descriptive words. Some characters and monsters in the illustrations may not make sense to kids if they don’t know about Star Wars, but the themes covered in the book are universally known!

The illustrations in the A Jedi You Will Be picture book are a fun aspect of this book. Lots of muted browns and greens make up the planet of Dagoba but I liked that when Luke is facing the unknown, the illustrator uses darker blacks and grays. Luke is also very expressive, check out his face when staring down Darth Vader or when Yoda raises his ship!

Ages: 6-8

About the Authors:

Preeti Chhibber has spent her life being a fan of being a fan. Hailing from Florida, she spent a decade working in children’s publishing in New York before leaving to pursue writing full time. She’s written for SYFY, BookRiot, BookRiot Comics, The Nerds of Color, and The Mary Sue, among others. Her short story, “Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers” was published in the anthology A Thousand Beginnings and Endings (HarperCollins, 2018). You can find her co-hosting the podcasts Desi Geek Girls and Strong Female Characters (SYFYWire). She’s appeared on several panels at New York Comic-Con, San Diego Comic-Con, and on screen on the SYFY Network. Honestly, you probably recognize her from one of several BuzzFeed “look at these tweets” Twitter lists. She usually spends her time reading a ridiculous amount of Young Adult but is also ready to jump into most fandoms at a moment’s notice. (@runwithskizzers)

Mike Deas got his flair for illustrative storytelling from an early love of reading and drawing. He fine-tuned his drawing skills and imagination at Capilano College’s Commercial Animation Program in Vancouver, then work as a concept artist, texture artist, and art lead in the video game industry took him to England and California before he returned to with his family to sunny Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. (@DeasIllos)

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