R2-D2 to the Rescue! (LEGO Star Wars: Chapter Book)
This book is a playful, non-cannon collection of three droid-centric stories--taking place behind and between the scenes in episodes 4 and 5. It begins with a never mentioned detour that C-3PO and R2-D2 made on Tatooine before being sold to Luke’s uncle. Next is a snowy, Wampa-filled scenario on Hoth. And the last involves an improbable infiltration of a rebel starship by none other than Boba Fett.
It is a novel and interesting idea—inserting story into gaps in the existing Star Wars plot arch. This reviewer particularly enjoyed the effort at explaining why Droids weren’t allowed in the Cantina at Mos Eisley. (Spoiler: It involves bad Karaoke.) The artwork is bright and expressive, complimenting nearly every page without completely dominating. My 6 and 8 year old remained largely engaged and amused throughout.
Complete with a glossary of terms, this collection may serve to round out or introduce a number of actual Star Wars concepts and characters for younger fans, while also proving painless for even vaguely interested parents.