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3 Reasons to Add ‘Rey and Pals’ to Your Family Library

Time to have some fun with Rey and Pals!

The latest children’s book by Jeffrey Brown contains a collection of vibrantly colored and wildly imaginative childlike adventures across the galaxy. Featuring some of our favorite characters from the sequel trilogy, like Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8, Brown’s vision and execution is absolutely delightful.

Here are 3 reasons why we think you should add this adorable took to your family library:

Both Charming and Hilarious

Flipping through the pages, you can’t help but chuckle at some of the jokes and hidden easter eggs woven throughout the book. Each page is its own individual interpretation of a familiar Star Wars scene or character, but it’s done in a charming and hilarious way.

For example, my absolute favorite page features General Hux standing on top of a playground set reciting a different version of the speech he gives in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a First Order pennant waves beside him. He says, “At this very moment, in a playground far from here, lies a flag supporting the treachery of the loathsome Resistance. This fierce fort which you have built, upon which we stand…” He’s so involved in the moment, he doesn’t hear the random First Order officer at the bottom say, “He takes capture the flag seriously, huh?” Cue laughter!

Easy Way to Introduce Kids to Star Wars

What parent doesn’t want to bring their child into the fold and get them to enjoy Star Wars the way they did when they were young? The Star Wars animated television shows target fans ages 7 and up, but for the much younger crowd, books like Rey and Pals are a great way to introduce them to individual characters. Whether it’s Kylo reaching out to the dark side or Rey splashing around and having some fun, the pages are simple and eye-catching enough for a young Star Wars fan to enjoy and eagerly flip through.

The Art Style Inspires

When it comes to practicing my own art, I’m always looking for inspiration in a variety of places. Without a doubt, Rey and Pals certainly counts as a source of inspiration because Brown’s simplistic and adorable style still manages to capture the essence of the characters.

After flipping through the book a few times and thinking back to what Brown said in a StarWars.com interview earlier this year (“The first step is to simplify, and boil the look of the character down to a few elements”), I felt the urge to draw a few doodles myself:

And we have no doubt children and adults will be inspired to draw some Star Wars inspired doodles and sketches of their own.

Rey and Pals is available online at Chronicle Books and in most book stores starting on August 20.

Note: Chronicle Books provided TWG with a review copy. This article is an honest assessment of the product.

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