May the Fourth be with you

may-the-fourth-4th-be-with-you-memes-gifs-star-wars-day-18Just in time for today's Star Wars Day celebration, we received some super-cute Star Wars board books by Jack and Holman Wang. With the Star Wars: Epic Yarns series (Chronicle, April 2015), the Wangs use the same formula and needle-felt medium of their Cozy Classics books to retell a tale from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away.

"There is a great disturbance in the force."

"I have felt it." (Get it? Star Wars fans like puns, as you can see from this "May the Fourth" business.)

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Each Epic Yarns book gives the gist of one movie from Lucas's original trilogy in twelve spreads. On each recto page, the Wangs have recreated an iconic scene from the movie in needle-felted miniature. The miniatures are ...impressive, not just adorable: incredibly detailed, expressive, and faithful to the source material. Facing each illustration is a single word capturing the essence of that scene — for example, the infamous "I am your father" scene is paired with "father;" the following spread pairs Luke's horrified reaction with "no!" These books would make a great nerdy baby shower gift, although they may be appreciated more by Star Wars–fan parents than by their young padawans (do babies care about the fate of a galaxy far, far away?).

A fascinating behind-the-scenes video is available here. More on Star Wars here.

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Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, formerly editor of The Horn Book Guide, is a freelance children’s and YA editor. She's also a former bookseller who holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons University. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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