Saturday, October 5, 2013

Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids by Jason Fry

Happy Star Wars Reads Day! It's the day where people all around North America celebrate Star Wars and reading. As I mentioned the other day, DK Publishing is celebrating by offering 30% off Star Wars books (for a limited time). These terrific books can be found in their Star Wars Boutique.

For more information about Star Wars Reads Day, go to the official site. There are activities planned all across North America.

A free downloadable Star Wars Reads Activity Kit with recipes, crafts, colouring pages and games can found at both the DK site and the official Star Wars Reads Day site.

Today, I'm posting a review of one of the books in DK's Star Wars Boutique

May the force be with you. 

Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids features all different types of droids from the Star Wars universe. Readers will learn about their functions, technology, missions, and lives.

I really enjoyed this book. I was only familiar with a couple of the droids, namely R2-D2 and C-3PO, so the rest of the books was really enlightening. A few of the others looked familiar, but I didn't really know much about them. It's all fascinating stuff.

The book contains lots of photos and tons of information about droids. Some of the information is presented in a question and answer format. Questions include: Can a droid by trusted to complete a mission?, How are droids made?, How does C-3PO relax?, etc. I really like this format. There are some really good questions I hadn't thought of. My favourite: Do droids have friends? You'll just have to read the book to find out the answer.

The types of droids are presented in sections. It mostly presents the material in general terms. That is, it doesn't focus on any one particular droid, but rather a class of droids. There are two notable and delightful exceptions: R2-D2 (astro-droid) and C-3PO (protocol droid). ;)

The "droid data" buttons feature some interesting trivia while the side boxes provides cool stats about the different droids. There's a lot I didn't know.

There were lots of cool pages and topics in this book. Here are my favourites:
Droids Versus Life-form (pages 10-11)
Types of Droids (pages 12-13)
A Day in the Life of a Droid Trader (pages 56-57)
Droids for Sale (pages 58-59)
How to Choose a Droid 60-61)
Droid or Not? (pages 82-83)

The book contains a table of contents, a glossary and an index.

Highly recommended for the Star Wars fan.

For more information about this book or to browse inside, please visit DK's website.

I'd like to thank those nice people at DK Canada for this review copy.

Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droid by Jason Fry, Dorling Kindersley (DK), ©2012. ISBN 9780756690151(Hardcover), 95p.

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