Caramel reviews Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition

Caramel is a big Star Wars fan. In fact, he has already reviewed two books related to it (see his reviews of 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press and A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti Chhibber and Mike Deas). Today he revisits this imagined universe and talks about Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones, and published in 2019. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.

Caramel reviews Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones.
Caramel reviews Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, I can see you are once again in one of your Star Wars stages.

Caramel: Yes. Actually I am always in that stage.

S: I guess you are right. You always liked anything Star Wars related. So this book, Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, you have had this for a while, no?

C: Yes but I just realized we have not reviewed it. So we have to!

S: I understand. What Star Wars related show are you watching these days?

C: I just finished the first season of The Bad Batch. So I am not watching anything, just reading and rereading my book.

S: I guess that makes sense. You love that universe, so you want to be connected to it. So tell me a bit about this book. What is in it?

C: There are a lot of pictures, from the movies, all the way up to and including The Rise of Skywalker. That was the ninth movie. They also have a lot of photos from The Clone Wars, which is the series before The Bad Batch, but we have not seen it yet. Hint hint.

S: Well, I like the nine movies and I thought The Bad Batch looked interesting, but there are so many other Star Wars movies and series that I am losing track. Maybe we will take a look at The Clone Wars some day. But let us get back to the book. So there are lots of photos from the movies and so on, but I saw lots of text, too. What are those about?

C: Well, there are sections on characters–

S: And you know there are a lot of them–

C: Yes, of course. And many of them have a little bit about them. And then there are sections about all the different kinds of droids, all the different ships, and so on. There are specific pages for the places that you see in the movies and the series, and basically, it is the ultimate guide to Star Wars.

S: And thus the title, I suppose.

C: Yep.

Caramel is reading Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones.
Caramel is reading Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones.

S: So tell me about your favorite droids then.

C: I like ID9 Seeker Droid. It is on page 274.

S: What movie does it show up in?

C: It shows up in one of the series, called Rebels.

S: How about the classic guys? C3P-O? R2-D2?

C: Yes, they are all in here, and I like them a lot too.

S: Did you notice that the book has a foreword written by Anthony Daniels, who is the actor who was C3P-O?

C: Well, I immediately dove into the book but then looked at the foreword once you told me it was C3P-O. I did know it was a real person inside C3P-O but I had not learned his name before.

S: Apparently he is also a mime actor, which makes sense to be so expressive with his body.

C: Yes, I agree.

S: So let us talk more about the book. I’m guessing it is full of Star Wars facts and trivia. Can you tell me something interesting you learned from it?

C: There is so much! I could say “I learned everything I know about Star Wars from this book. It is my Qui-Gon Jinn, it is my Yoda.” But I won’t. I did know a lot about Star Wars before, or I could say “I was already as knowledgeable as Sith Palpatine”, but I won’t. Still I did know a lot.

S: Okay, I think I get the point. So you learned nothing?

C: No, that is not what I am saying. I learned a lot actually. It helped me learn the connections between all the series and the movies, and the universe makes more sense now.

S: That’s really cool. Because I am quite confused actually.

C: Well, you can read the book from the beginning to the end then. Or like me, you can simply keep skipping around and reading whatever appeals to you whenever you want.

S: I think that means you are giving this book a very strong endorsement. Is that correct?

C: Yes. I think it is a pretty awesome Star Wars book. Any bunny who loves Star Wars would love it, too.

S: I can see that! So describe it to me in three words then.

C: Star Wars facts. But that is not enough to describe all the awesomeness of the book.

S: Okay, how about “Star Wars awesomeness” then?

C: Sure, that works.

S: Okay Caramel, I think this is already a long enough review, and I can see you are itching to go back to reading your book, so let us wrap it up. What do you want to tell our readers?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel loves reading and rereading Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones, and recommends it to all other Star Wars fans, young and young-at-heart.
Caramel loves reading and rereading Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones, and recommends it to all other Star Wars fans, young and young-at-heart.

Caramel reviews A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti Chhibber and Mike Deas

Caramel is a little bunny but he is a big Star Wars fan. (Check out his review of 5-Minute Star Wars Stories!) Today he reviews for the book bunnies blog A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.

Caramel reviews A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas.
Caramel reviews A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas.

Sprinkles: Caramel, so you found another book about Star Wars, eh?

Caramel: Yes, but I think you had something to do with it too.

S: Yes, I thought you might like it. Did you?

C: Yes!

S: What is it about then? Tell me.

C: It’s about Yoda talking to you. Yoda is a little green alien who is a Jedi master.

S: And so for the few people who do not know what a Jedi is, can you tell me what they are?

C: A Jedi is a person who can use the Force. The Force is everywhere but some can use it for good or for evil. The Jedi use it for good.

S: Yes, in the Star Wars universe, there is this mysterious force, kind of like magic and kind of like just the essence of life, but these Jedi have the power to channel it to do great things. And Yoda has always been my favorite Jedi!

C: Mine too. I do not know much about the Baby Yoda though.

S: Well, we have not watched the series that have him in them, so we have not met him yet. We know Yoda as a wise old master.

C: He is 800 or 900 years old!

S: Yes, apparently that is how old he is when Luke Skywalker comes to learn from him.

C: Yes, that is what happens in this book too. We go to Yoda’s island with Luke and Yoda talks to us about the Force. He gives a lecture about the Force almost.

S: Yes, he does, it is mainly him telling the reader about the Force and how to achieve hard things in life. Do you want to read to me a bit from the book?

C: Okay, here is some part of the book:

Ready are you?
What know you of ready?
For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi.
Easy it is not. 
A Jedi must have the deepest commitment.
Willing to work hard are you?
Caramel is reading A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas: "Willing to work hard are you?"
Caramel is reading A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas: “Willing to work hard are you?”

S: So is the book really only about the Force and Star Wars?

C: Hmm, sort of.

S: I think I only partially agree with you. I think some of the advice Yoda gives is pretty applicable to real life.

C: Hmm, yes it is. For example the part I read to you is basically saying working hard is important. Then there is a part where he tells you being big or small is not important. He says, “size matters not!” I like Yoda!

S: He does talk in a strange manner, doesn’t he? His sentences are structured in grammatically incorrect ways. But there are some languages where this type of order (where the subject goes after the verb) might appear.

C: Yes, he speaks funny. He says, “Now close your eyes. Closed are they? See you peeking I do!”

S: That is funny! And you do that too sometimes when I ask you to close your eyes and take a deep breath.

C: No I don’t do that!

S: Yes, you do, when we try to meditate!

C: Hmm, yes, I guess you’re right.

S: Okay, let us wrap up with you telling us three words about this book.

C: Colorful, funny, and grammatically incorrect! But also lots of good advice!

S: Hmm, that is more than three words, but it will do! So what do you say next?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel loved reading A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas, and he recommends it to all other Star Wars fans, young and old.
Caramel loved reading A Jedi You Will Be, written by Preeti Chhibber and illustrated by Mike Deas, and he recommends it to all other Star Wars fans, young and old.

Caramel reviews 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press

Caramel reviews 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press.

Caramel is a little Star Wars fan even though he has only watched four of the movies (Episodes I and IV-VI) so far. He is very curious about the upcoming ninth installment of the franchise and so he was excited to get his paws on this book of stories from the movies. Below he shares his enthusiasm about this book as well as his excitement about the whole series. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.

Caramel reviews 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press.
Caramel reviews 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?

Caramel: This book has a lot of stories from the Star Wars movies.

S: How many stories are there?

C: There are eleven stories.

S: Are they related to the Star Wars movies?

C: Yes. Each of the eleven stories is from one of the movies. So for example the first story is “Race to the Finish Line” and it is from The Phantom Menace.

S: And then the rest of it goes from there, right? The stories seem to be following the movies in chronological order. That means the stories follow the timeline of the movies. Is that correct?

C: No. Not quite. The book starts from Episode I and the movies started started with Episode IV.

S: Yes in that sense the book is not following the order of the movies, but if you ordered the movies in terms of the timeline of the events happening, then you would have Episode I first.

C: I guess that is true.

Caramel is reading The Last Adventure" from The Revenge of the Sith (Episode III).
Caramel is reading The Last Adventure” from The Revenge of the Sith (Episode III).

S: Ok, so tell me about one of the stories you like.

C: The first story is about Anakin Skywalker. He is trying to win a pod race.

S: What is a pod race?

C: It’s hard to explain, it’s kind of like a car race, except they are flying in the air. They are in pods connected to two jet engines. And they go really fast.

S: Anakin is a kid in this story, right? So are all the other racers kids like Anakin?

C: Nope. But he is a good pilot and he wins!

S: Oh, that is what happens in the movie The Phantom Menace, too. So it seems like the stories are from the movies. Is that correct?

C: Yes. But actually I don’t know. I haven’t watched all the movies yet.

S: That is true! We have so far only watched Episodes I, IV, V, and VI. And I bet you don’t remember Episodes IV, V, and VI too well, either. You were a very much younger bunny then.

C: Yes that is true. But maybe we will watch them all in order now that we have watched Episode I.

S: Yes, I think that will be neat. And then if we can finish all eight by December, then we might even catch the ninth episode in the theaters. Would you like that?

C: Yeah! That sounds awesome!

S: So till then we get to read the stories here. Can you tell me a bit more about the stories? Which movies are the stories from?

C: The first story is called “Race to the Finish Line” and is from The Phantom Menace. The second one is from Attack of the Clones and is called “Yoda and the Count”. The third story is “The Last Adventure” and is from Revenge of the Sith. The next story is “Escape From Darth Vader” and is from A New Hope.

S: That’s the fourth movie, the very first Star Wars movie ever made.

C: And the first one we watched. Ok, let me continue. The next story is “Destroy the Death Star!” and it is also from Episode IV. The next story is “The Battle of Hoth” and is from The Empire Strikes Back. The next two are from Return of the Jedi. And the last two are from The Force Awakens.

S: That is Episode VII. And we have not watched it yet. But there are no stories from Episode VIII then, right?

C: That’s correct.

S: So I guess the book was published before then and so we will just have to watch The Last Jedi ourselves… But tell me, do you like this book?

C: Yep. The stories are cool, they also have really good illustrations.

S: So they are not screenshots from the movies, are they?

C: No, they are drawn by some really good artists.

S: That’s neat Caramel. So I think this is a good place to end our review so you can continue flipping through the pages and reading these stories for the umpteenth time. Right?

C: This is only my fifth time I think, but yes, it is time to finish the review. And I can now say: Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures! Oh and I will add: May the Force be with you!

Caramel loved 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press and wants to say: May the Force be with you!
Caramel loved 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press and wants to say: May the Force be with you!