Works well enough to make fans happy and provide a few laughs.

Star Wars: The Unofficial Joke and Riddle Book.

A joke book for kids based on the Star Wars movies.

This joke book is recommended for children 10 and older, but it could easily appeal to and be appropriate for children as young as 6 or 7. It comprises information about George Lucas and more than a dozen chapters of short jokes, all based on characters, places or groups (the Jedi or Ewoks, for example) popularized by Lucas’ epic series. The humor ranges widely and calls to mind styles and tropes even new readers will already know, and it capitalizes on the rich vein of Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Chewy and Yoda trivia. In some cases, the jests are old ones with a new twist: “Did you hear that Jabba is on a seafood diet? He sees food, he eats it.” Others use similar setups: “Yoda is so old that....” The humor often relies on puns, and when not referencing something related directly to the movies, it draws on stars and space: “What is Jar Jar’s favorite candy? Milky Way.” Messy sketches introduce each chapter, adding to the whimsical, silly feeling of the book. As should be expected, there are highs and lows among the yuks. There are some groaners, and some puns are amusing, especially when drawing on references young fans will understand. One example: “Why was Luke so happy at the magnet factory? He could feel the force.” While the quality isn’t consistent, there are plenty of LOL moments, and it could be a fun book to share with kids.

Works well enough to make fans happy and provide a few laughs.

Pub Date: March 29, 2013

ISBN: 978-1481980203

Page Count: 88

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 20, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2013

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Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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