Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Read, You Must: The Galaxy Needs You

"Have you ever stopped to think about how there is nobody else in the galaxy who is exactly like you?"

That sounds like a simple statement, but the words here are both powerful and empowering in the latest Star Wars picture book from Disney-Lucasfilm press.

The Galaxy Needs You is an inspiring message for younglings, and frankly for anyone who could use a little pep talk. 

It's not exactly a "story", but it is incredibly positive and feels like a motivational speech. Full of uplifting sentiments, the narrator speaks directly to the reader with words of encouragement:

"No one else is smart in the way you're smart or is kind in the particular way you're kind, and nobody else is brave the way you're brave."

Written by Caitlin Kennedy (author of C-3PO Does NOT Like Sand!), The Galaxy Needs You could be a perfect gift for anyone taking on a new challenge, or needing a bit of encouragement. It could easily be given as a graduation gift much like Dr. Seuss' Oh the Places You Will Go.

The artwork, by Eda Kaban (Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten!, Captain Marvel What Makes a Hero, Pink is for Boys), tells Rey's personal journey visually, from her scavenging days to meeting BB-8 and Finn, to facing Kylo Ren, meeting Luke Skywalker and even moments from The Rise of Skywalker.

Kaban's artwork is whimsical and retro, much like the art in recent Star Wars Little Golden Books. The bright, colourful paintings reimagine key moments of Rey's story in a fun and kid-friendly way.

There IS no one in the galaxy like you, and there are no other Star Wars books quite like this one.

The galaxy needs you, and you probably need to read The Galaxy Needs You.

(Publisher's Recommendation: 5- 8 years)

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