Be More Yoda Book Review

Be More Yoda Book Review

Be More Yoda is a short and engaging book by Christian Blauvelt that is not your typical Star Wars book. I reached out to Lucasfilm and they sent a copy for review. Ever since Yoda’s debut in The Empire Strikes Back, I’ve always been enamored with his philosophical leanings.

Do you ever feel like you’re simply not living in the moment?

In today’s busy world, we don’t take the time to slow down and be mindful of the present. Be More Yoda is a short title, coming in at 63 pages. Christian’s aim is to offer a primer on how to think like Yoda. The wizened Jedi Master that surprised everyone in Empire has long been an unofficial spokesperson for the mindfulness movement.

The book has five major sections that detail different perspectives of mindful thinking:

  • Seeking Mindfulness
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Finding Mindful Moments
  • Awakening Your Potential
  • Unleashing Your Mastery

Each section offers five ideas that are presented as quotes from the Star Wars saga of films. Qui-Gon Jinn, Luke Skywalker, Chirrut Imwe, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, Max Kanata, Jan Erso, Han Solo and other characters offer a line from the film that leads the topic. One page has an image of the character with the quote and the opposite page presents a paragraph by Christian explaining the relation of the quote to mindfulness.

Be More Yoda can be enjoyed in several different ways. The main purpose is as an introduction to mindful thinking, but it is also a wonderful source of quotes from the Star Wars films that help you think about yourself and your situations in life. You can sit down with the tiny tome and read it cover-to-cover in a handful of minutes. Or you can read each page and take some time to internalize the quote, the message and it’s meaning to you.

It’s a short title, but one that Star Wars fans will enjoy flipping through and making connections in their life. You can read the entire book in twenty minutes or pick it up once a day to practice and sharpen your mindfulness. I think this is an excellent title for younglings. Just sayin’.

Are You Going to Be More Like Yoda in Your Life?



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C-3PO Doesn’t Not Like Sand!

C-3PO Doesn’t Not Like Sand!

You never know which Disney-related books might show up for a review. I’ve had a few children’s titles show up unexpectedly, like Are You Scared, Darth Vader? When the review copy of C-3PO Does Not Like Sand arrived, I was intrigued. The book is written by Caitlyn Kennedy and illustrated by Brian Kesinger.

And it reminded me of a cartoon from a long time ago…

Let’s Check Out C-3PO Does Not Like Sand:

The artwork by Brian Kesinger was reminiscent of the mid-1980s Droids cartoon, just with a lot more spirit. This is a fun book for younglings that want to see their favorite droids have a bit of fun in the sands of Tatooine.

What Do You Think About This Children’s Star Wars Book?



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Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? is not a question you expect to hear often, if at all.

In this case, it’s the title and refrain of the new Star Wars children’s book written by Adam Rex.

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Video Storytime!

Check out my first look and story time featuring the new Star Wars book!

What did you think about my video story time featuring Are You Scared, DarthVader?

Who ever expected to ask the Dark Lord of the Sith whether he was afraid of anything, especially monsters that inhabit most children’s nightmares. But thats the point of this book. Are You Scared, Darth Vader? is a wonderful book to read read right before bedtime. Especially if you have a younger child that might be a little frightened by the Dark Lord of the Sith!

If you’ve got younglings in your house, I think this book is the perfect bedtime read!

Are you going to pick up Are You Scared, Darth Vader?


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The Mighty Chewbacca In the Forest of Fear

The Mighty Chewbacca In the Forest of Fear by Tom Angleberger

With all the attention on Solo, I was delighted when the review copy of The Mighty Chewbacca In the Forest of Fear by Tom Anglebeger showed up. I’m a huge fan of Tom’s Origami Yoda series and couldn’t wait to tear into this book about Chewie.

Tom’s book is geared towards fans of the Origami series, but I think that Star Wars fans are going to enjoy it. From what I could tell, the book takes place between Solo and Rogue One, and includes a special character from Rogue One. With Tom’s unique storytelling, the character from Rogue One leaps off the pages and fits into the story perfectly. Tom captures the dialogue and the essence of the Rogue One character with perfect finesse and believability.

I don’t like giving away too much of the plot, but Chewbacca is forced to join a young bounty hunter/librarian (HOW COOL IS THAT?) on a mission to a planet to recover a sacred book and save Han Solo’s life!

There are also wonderful illustrations by Andie Tong!

There’s a lot of action and drama in The Mighty Chewbacca In the Forest of Fear that fits in well with the Star Wars universe. Tom does a great job of creating a mythos that is deftly woven into what we know of the universe and the galactic war. And he offers some of the first known translations of Shyriiwook that I’ve run across.

The Mighty Chewbacca and the Forest of Fear is a lot of fun. It’s a great addition to the Star Wars universe and fans of Solo are going to enjoy a deeper look at our very favorite wookie. As I mentioned, the book is written for early tweens, but Tom’s vitro-blade sharp sense of humor will please everyone.

Are you going to pick up The Mighty Chewbacca In the Forest of Fear?


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Chewie and the Porgs Star Wars Book!

Chewie and the Porgs Book!

Chewie and the Porgs is a children’s book written by Kevin Shinick and illustrated by Fiona Hsieh. The book explores the relationship between Chewbacca and the porgs of Ahch-To.

Check out my video storytime for Chewie and the Porgs:

Chewbacca is on a mission! He has traveled to a mysterious island on the planet Ahch-To with his friend Rey to find famed Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But Chewie doesn’t expect to find the porgs, cute and mischievous creatures that inhabit the island.

For years the porgs have lived in peace and harmony. But when Chewie arrives, the cute little creatures must learn to share their island—and their food—with the mighty Wookie.

And so begins the laughable, lovable relationship between Chewie and the porgs.

Is this a book that you’re going to pick up?

Are you a fan of the porgs?

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Video Review of the Art of The Last Jedi Book!

Video Review of the Art of The Last Jedi Book!

My dad bought me The Art of The Last Jedi for Christmas and I couldn’t wait to tear into it. At the time of this review, I’d only seen the film once, and I had questions. I was hoping that the Art of The Last Jedi would shed some light or at least offer some plausible theories about what happened in the film and why. Not that I didn’t love The Last Jedi, it’s just that I didn’t expect a lot of what transpired.

Check out my Video Review of the Art of the Last Jedi

 

What did you think about my video sneak peek of the book? Is it one that you’re going to buy?

The table of contents for The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi offers insight into the topics covered. Interestingly, the two of the chapters were written for the Art of The Force Awakens book, but weren’t included since they would have been spoilers.

I don’t want give away too many spoilers from the video, but I was surprised at how much the filmmakers and concept artist connected to the original films. You could see Ralph McQuarrie’s influence in almost every drawing. Obviously, the artists that created The Last Jedi were huge fans of the original Star Wars trilogy. And I can’t blame them!

I’m very glad that this book is in my personal collection and I think you will love it, too!

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Title: The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Author:Phil Szostak
ISBN: 978-1419727054
Release Date: December 15, 2017

What did you think about The Last Jedi film? Leave me a comment and share your thoughts!


Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu

I read the new The Legends of Luke Skywalker review book before the film came out (I love these complicated titles in the Journey to the… film series). Legends of Luke Skywalker is part of the Journey to the Last Jedi series;I read the Journey to the Force Awakens series before seeing The Force Awakens. In my opinion, the books helped tell the Force Awakens story. Or at least made some parts clearer.

The book is a collection of short stories that look at what Luke did between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.  Actually, it stops well before he starts training Jedi. Which is OK, you get a sense of what Luke was trying to do to rebuild the Jedi Order.

The  short stories are told from the points-of-view of different people in the galaxy that ran into Luke. The stories trace Luke’s journey to discover more about the force and its origins. I thought this was interesting because it definitely ties into the new Star Wars films with Luke and the heroes of the Rebellion being almost myth-like in their status.

The stories come in all shapes and sizes and the narrators come in all shapes and sizes. I was really surprised at the diversity of the types of stories and the storytellers. We hear from people who saw major events and it felt like you were part of it, too. In a few cases, they were just people who came in passing contact with the Jedi master.

Most of the tales are regaled from a group of very young pirates on a space cruiser that’s about the dock on a planet. We learn that one of them is helping safeguard a person that might have a tie to what happens in the films.

I enjoyed the book and found several of the stories captivating. A few felt kind of ridiculous, but not in a major way. I was glad to add these stories to the canon of Luke Skywalker and now I just have to sit down and figure out how the stories fit in with the Luke that we meet in the Last Jedi. Did the stories influence how he turned out in the film?

Title: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker
Author: Ken Liu
ISBN: 978-1484780770
Release Date: October 31, 2017

Bottom Line: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker is a fun read but it didn’t offer as much insight into the film as I wanted. a few of the short stories really stood out and helped expand Luke’s character. Star Wars fans will enjoy it, regardless of age.

Are you going to read The Legends of Luke Skywalker?


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Rebel Rising by Beth Revis, a Star Wars Book Review

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis

Ever wonder how Jyn Erso ended up in prison on Wobani at the beginning of Rogue One?

What about the years she spent with Saw Gerrera?

Check out Rebel Rising to find out all about Jyn Erso’s backstory

Rebel Rising by Beth Revis is the book that fans of Rogue One and Jyn Erso have been waiting for. We finally get see how Jyn became the hero of Rogue One through the years she spent with Saw Gerrera and others. What a backstory!

The book begins with Jyn imprisoned in Wobani and tells her story from there. The book is more about hope and how Jyn found her hope. The months in the Wobani prison are interspersed between the moments of her teen life; we see her early life with Saw and how he raised her. The scene between Jyn and Saw on Jedha in Rogue One takes on so much more meaning after reading Rebel Rising. Many of the questions are answered bout the years spent with Saw, including her training. There’s a moment of betrayal that makes Jyn completely rethink herself and who she wants to be.

Every incident leads Jyn to her actions on Scarif.

There is a large cast of characters that Jyn meets before she’s imprisoned. These include rebels, pacifist, aliens, Imperials and more. Each interaction opens up Jyn to the larger world and why she chooses her destiny. The period of the book does take up about ten years of her life, between Catalyst and Rogue One.

The book does tackle a lot of larger philosophical questions; about life, death and the ramifications of standing up for yourself and others. Jyn asked herself the same questions that many of us ask ourselves, especially when it comes to helping others. When it comes down to it, how much hope do you have?

Rebel Rising reminded me a lot of Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. Both looked at moments outside of the films that become so much more pivotal when viewed as a whole.

Rebel Rising is marketed for the teen audience, but fans (adults and teens) of Rogue One and Jyn Erso are going to love it.

Are you going to check out Rebel Rising?


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Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier

Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier

The Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier book completely surprised me! Honestly, the book wasn’t what I expected; it enthralled me after only a few pages. This was really a fun book. Imagine being privy to a series of communiques, briefings and overviews meant for the Rebel Alliance high command. The Rebels know that the Empire is creating a weapon of some kind. This dossier helps tell the story in greater detail.

Most of the book is set up as a dossier from General Airen Cracken to Mon Mothma about Imperial personnel and weapons. Slipped between the reports on the Empire are mission overviews and memos on key Rebel Alliance personnel and ships. The Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier is a fascinating look at the peoples, places, ships and events of the latest Star Wars film. Rogue One created almost more questions than it answered and anything that we can read to glean more details is important.

Even though the audience is 8-12 year-olds, most Star Wars fans are going to enjoy the book. With all of the new characters and places in Rogue One, it’s great to have a book that gives a brief overview, as well as insight into the film and the characters. The amount of detail provided in the book is pretty impressive.

There are several biographical entires about various personnel that help expand the stories of characters such as Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, Saw Gerrera and more. I like the layout of the book and the design works very well for the subject matter. It was weird that there were no page numbers, but a real dossier would be memos and clippings,

If you’ve got a younger Star Wars fan, then this is a must-have. Especially if they want insight about the Rogue One film. 

Title: Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier
Author: Jason Fry
ISBN: 978-1-4847-8079-4
Release Date: December 16, 2016

Are you going to pick up copy of Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier?


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Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno sits between Tarkin and the upcoming Thrawn books in the Star Wars Del Rey timeline. It’s saddled between Revenge of the Sith and the Rogue One films. I’ve tried to stay away from all spoilers and previews for Rogue One, but I assumed that reading the novel leading up to the movie wouldn’t be too bad.

UPDATE: After watching Star Wars: Rogue One on opening day, I realized that reading Catalyst added so much to my overall understanding of the film. There were so many points that were referenced in the book that came to fruition into the film. It’s not necessary to read it before seeing the film, but it’s definitely worth checking out. A lot of Krennic’s backstory comes to life, as well as the background of the Kyber crystals.

I’m a fan of Luceno’s other Star Wars novels. Luceno’s Tarkin was a wonderful look into the early life and career of Wilhuff Tarkin; Catalyst offers further insight into Tarkin in relation to other characters of the newly formed Empire. The main characters of Catalyst are Orson Krennic and Galen Erso. Krennic is an engineer who is also member of the top secret Death Star project. Galen is a renowned scientist and researcher.

Galon, along with his wife Lyra, have spent years researching energy and have recently found themselves working on synthetic kyber crystals in the employ of a Separatist-friendly corporation. This draws Galen into Krennic’s plans for the ultimate weapon for the Death Star Project.

Galen has always seen himself as a pure researcher and never wanted to see his research weaponized in any way. Krennic constructs a very detailed plan involving other scientists across the galaxy to unwittingly work on the Death Star project. Galen’s wife, Lyra, never fully trusts Krennic, especially after the Empire offers actual kyber crystals from Jedi lightsabers. Thus, the conflict arises and sets various plots in motion that, apparently, include characters from the Rogue One film.

Lucen has crafted a dense political thriller that envelopes ethics, intrigue and machinations on different levels. His characters tie well into the other novels and the films. Even though we know Galen’s research will ultimately lead to the destruction of Alderaan, Luceno weaves a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Krennic is manipulating individual scientists as well trying to outmaneuver Tarkin. Catalyst leads us from the initial display of the Death Star plans from Revenge of the Sith to Tarkin’s control over the project. Even as Krennic never fully understands Tarkin’s grasp.

There does seem to be a lot of repetition around the book when looking at the relationship between Galen, Lyra and Krennic. Galen, always in research mode, never sees past what he’s working on. Lyra, who is in tune with the greater universe and was in awe of the Jedi, is looking past the research and into Krennic’s ultimate goals. The machinations of Krennic and Tarkin are a great interplay, especially the moments in which Tarkin is usurped. Still, parts of the book dragged heavily and could have been tightened somewhat. This is no strike against Luceno, but I understand he probably had to write within a framework. Luceno makes it work, especially based on the strength of his characters and their dialog.

We meet a larger contingent of characters that will play out in the Rogue One film. Many of the characters, although ancillary, are setting up for the Rogue One film. I never felt like I was reading anything that will spoil the film, but I won’t know until I see it.

I do recommend Catalyst, especially to get a larger picture of the development of the Death Star and Tarkin. Fans of Star Wars novels are going to enjoy it; fans of Tarkin are going to appreciate this deeper look into the character.

Title: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
Author: James Luceno
ISBN: 978-0345511492
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Have you read Catalyst: A Rogue One novel?


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