Recap of #StarWarsReads Day – Star Wars Epic Yarns by Jack & Holman Wang

Before I get to today’s post, I get to announce that LAUREN has won the Diva and Flea Prize pack generously donated by Disney Publishing! Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get the address you will like your prize sent to. If you missed my review of this great book by Mo Willems and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi – click HERE to check it out.

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On Saturday, October 10th, there was a convergence of the force in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania. This epic event was centered at the Columbia County Traveling Library’s home base. The reason: Star Wars Reads Day!

swr5You may recognize the Sith Apprentice to the left of Lord Vader. 😉 Besides being a HUGE bibliophile, I am also a HUGE Star Wars fan so this event is something I look forward to each year. I am a member of the Galactic Academy, the junior Star Wars costuming club for fans (you have to be 18 to join the 501st Legion – the world-wide Star Wars costuming club).

The library asked me to do story time at Star Wars Reads Day this year. I was very excited about it. I chose to read the Epic Yarn books by Jack and Holman Wang.

swd2swd3Things went pretty well, but the Jawa kept stealing my light saber and was plotting to nab Boba Fett’s blaster. I think she was selling them on the galactic black market. The Imperial Guard kept startling the head librarian but at least he kept the Jawa in line. Here is a secret – the Jawa is my little sister Josie.  She is a member of the Galactic Academy too. 😉


Besides story time, the library had crafts, a trivia game, cookies (the dark side always loves cookies) and BOOKS!

A great time was had by all!


To learn more about Star Wars Reads Day, visit the official Facebook page HERE.

To learn more about the Columbia County Traveling Library, visit their page HERE.

Now more about these awesome Epic Yarn books!

When I saw these books, I was amazed. They are board books with only one word per page (meant for the youngest of readers – but WOW – one word per page and the photo illustrations tell the entire Star Wars story in 24 pages per book. What is even more amazing is that the photo illustrations are of felt figures staged on mini movie sets, all created by twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang.

epicyarnTo learn more about the process of creating these figures and the sets  that go along with  them, Chronicle Books has a very interesting blog post about it, click HERE to go THERE! The three books tell the tale of the original trilogy.

epicyarns2Star Wars Epic Yarns Series
24 pages (each book) – ages PreK+
Published by Chronicle Books on April 14, 2015

Publisher’s Summary – Share your love of Star Wars with your baby! In twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words, rediscover the iconic moments you know and love. Simple words, sturdy pages, and an epic story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning at lightspeed. Jedi apprentices and little princesses alike will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars trilogy made just for them!

What I thought – This was an amazing book series – I never knew one word could tell so much! When I read them to the group of kids at Star Wars Reads Day, we had a discussion about each page and what is happening in the photo illustration. It was a lot of fun. Probably my favorite scene is where it shows Vader leaning over the bridge-thing in Cloud City, and the one word is “Father”, because it summed up one of the biggest plot twists in movie history (I may be a bit biased) with just one word. The felt figures are extremely detailed, and make it seem like you are watching clips from the movie. Mr. & Mr. Wang have created a boardbook masterpiece! It belongs in the home of any parent or child who loves Star Wars.

I give this series five out of five bookworms!fivebooks


Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Other Stuff Related to Books and Reading

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25 replies

  1. Sounds like it was a great day!

  2. What a fun way to celebrate the day.

  3. An apprentice sith? You always struck me as a rakish Han Solo type.

  4. Too much fun!

  5. That is the coolest thing ever. Great review Erik!

  6. Wow, totally cool! Must look for the Epic Yarn series, as my great-nephews are also big Star Wars fans.

  7. I did a Star Wars Reads Day post on the 10th, BUT it was not as near exciting as yours. I LOVE that you are already doing “visits” and reading to younger kids. Great training for when you sell your masterpiece! Bravo, Erik. Bravo!

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jack and Holman´s books. I have bought most of them and given them as gifts to little people in my life. (they are perfect baby shower gifts BTW) My little great granddaughter is learning to read with Pride and Prejudice, and War and Peace. Imagine War and Peace in 24 words! The felt creations are amazing! You make a perfect Sith Apprentice and the Jawa is so cute!

  9. You are so cool! Will definitly be checking out the Star Wars Epic Yarns Series!!!

  10. I’m not a little kid but I would have been hooked into all the fun with the great costumes. Looks like loads of fun!

  11. Looks great and scary. My granddaughter loves Star Wars too And she demands that I make up stories about Luke Skywalker. So I do. And she loves them!

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