Thursday, 3 December 2015

Star Wars Reading Campaign Children's Books Giveaway and Review with Egmont Publishing

Egmont Publishing are working very hard this year to encourage children to develop a love of reading, and one of the ways they're doing it is by releasing a huge range of Star Wars books. We've been sent the Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy and the Star Wars Starfighter Workshop, plus a Star Wars Young Reader each for my 5 and 7 year old boys.


It'll be no surprise to regular readers that my young boys both love reading, we're very lucky. My oldest son was a very reluctant reader, and one of the ways I managed to get him to read was by buying Star Wars books and annuals. We still have them, and my little boys still read them!


The Star Wars Young Readers (rrp £4.99 each) are a hit. Both boys read them through the first night. My 5 year old found his a Level 1 book a little tricky, as he should, and managed with only 2 prompts from his big brother, who wanted to get on with the story...


The Level 1 book Escape From Darth Vader (Michael Siglain and Stephane Roux) retells in simple language the basic rescue of Leia from the Death Star, but is written so that any child who has never seen Star Wars will be able to follow the story. It's not intimidating, there aren't huge chunks of text, and the words pretty much describe the accompanying illustrations to give your child clues and cues.

The Level 2 book Use The Force! (Michael Siglain, Stephane Roux and Pilot Studio) retells Luke's initial meeting and then training with Yoda.


With more text than the Level 1 per page, trickier wording and a more in depth story, and less cartoony illustrations my 7 year old thoroughly enjoyed his book and found it a breeze. If your 7 year old is a competent reader I'd go for Level 3 with longer and more challenging stories.


The Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy by Ryder Windham (rrp £19.99) is in essence an art storybook. Over 227 pages it retells the stories of the original 3 movies - a New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi - accompanied by gorgeous illustrations of scenes from the films by Brian Rood.


The text is written with lots of speech and emotion, so it's great for reading aloud. There are tricky words that will expand your child's vocabulary as you read with them, and as they become more proficient readers around 8-10 years old they will be able to read this treasury alone.


The Star Wars Starfighter Workshop (rrp £19.99) is the book which is currently most popular in my house.  This is a fiction book, an activity book and a model making craft kit all in one. Open it out and on the left you have the story and puzzle book, and on the right 10 sheets of high quality gloss coated card with press out model sections.


The Story And Puzzle Book has some nice puzzles and activities on each page, accompanied by a short clip from the Star Wars A New Hope original movie. It works well, and my 7 year old has completed most of the puzzles and drawings already.


The right hand side of the Starfighter Workshop holds the model parts. 2 large gloss card models - an X-Wing and a Tie Fighter. When built the X-Wing is 22.5cm by 21cm and the Tie Fighter is 8cm by 31cm!


The Star Wars books from Egmont are all a hit here - especially at the moment the Starfighter Workshop! Find out what my boys thought in their video review...


Egmont Publishing have very kindly offered one of my readers a copy of both the Starfighter Workshop and the Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy - together worth nearly £40! 

 The winner will be chosen at random and entry is by Gleam form below.The giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 13th December and is open to UK entries only.

For help using Gleam or to see my other giveaways, please visit my giveaways page...

Star Wars Treasury and Starfighter Workshop Children's Book Giveaway from Egmont


62 comments:

  1. When Darth Vader strike Old Ben Kenobi down!

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  2. My son has these and absolutely loves them all. The X Wing and TIE Fighter are played with daily!

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    1. Darth Vader and Old Ben Kenobi showdown

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  3. The Yoda fight and princess Leah is rescued xx

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  4. Any Scene with Han Solo and Chewbacca x

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  5. The fight between Luke and Darth Vader

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  6. When Princess Leia tells Hans she loves him & he replies with "I know"

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  7. Very tricky one but I would say the assault on the Death Star, it's a great action sequence (or the bit where the stormtrooper bangs his head on the door!)

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  8. Yoda training luke in the swamp and he lifts an X wing

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  9. My favourite scene:
    "I love you"
    "I know"

    Too cool! :D

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  10. when Han's going into the carbonite and says 'I know' in response to Leia's 'I love you' :)

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  11. When Luke skywalker finds out about his dad!

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  12. I love the opening credits. The music lets you know you're in for something amazing.

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  13. When Darth Vader days "Luke, I am your father"

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  14. 'No... I am your father!'

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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  15. I have to admit to sleeping through most of Star Wars when I saw it in the cinema. Think it was my Dad who was most excited about it really. I do remember loving Princess Leia's hair.

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  16. The bit where Darth Vader tells Luke that he is his father.

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  17. Where General Grievous gets shot at by Obi Wan Kenobi

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  18. The battle scene between Yoda and Count Dooku!

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  19. When Han Solo hides the damaged Millennium Falcon amongst the rubbish that the Imperial Star cruiser has just dumped so they can't be spotted.

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  20. The Ewoks fighting against the Empire in the Return of the Jedi - my particular scene is when one of the Ewoks takes control of one of the storm troopers flying machines

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  21. I don''t like it - my kids do - we just watched the second one and thought the whole 'I am your father' was a bit of a bombshell!

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  22. When Luke skywalker finds out about his dad

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  23. the classic lol and iconic i am your father! x

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  24. My son likes when little Anakin races in the pod and wins!

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  25. The battle of endor with the ewoks x

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  26. When we meet the Ewoks for the first time, too cute lol

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  27. Every time R2-D2 saves the day! Fixing the Millennium Falcon‍ '​s hyperdrive, delivering plans to the Rebel Alliance, overriding security systems, helping repair C-3PO - what a hero!

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  28. When Luke turns off his X-Wing's computer and uses the force to drop his weapon to blow the Death Star up. x

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  29. when darth vader says "luke I am your father"

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  30. Never seen it, but my son & husband are star wars fans.

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  31. Charmian Filewood10 December 2015 at 01:02

    When Luke comes to rescue Leia and she says "Arent you a little short for a Stormtrooper"

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  32. The Ewoks giving the Stormtroopers a good hiding!

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  33. The fight between Darth Vader and Luke

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  34. Hi - I have just realised my Gleam account is associated with my husband's account @tomkirby83 My account (the one I enter your giveaways with) is @sayhelloflo I have emailed gleam to change it but worried about being disqualified

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    1. Don't worry - I have taken note and if you win any of my current giveaways then you will not be disqualified at all :) Have a lovely Christmas x

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  35. Always makes me laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXn8-meSd8g

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  36. Binary Sunset is the absolute best.

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  37. When Darth Maul gets his legs chopped off and falls down the hole.

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  38. Yoda training Luke - I've got to admit the rest of my family love Star Wars way more than me!

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  39. When Darth Vader tells Luke he is his father.

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  40. The fight scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan

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  41. The ewoks fighting stormtroopers in the forest.

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  42. Where the Ewoks think C3PO is a God!!

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  43. I've never watched but my grandson is an avid fan which is why I am entering this lovely giveaway :)

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  44. Just one scene? Gosh! I will go for the Empire attacks on the ice planet Hoth. The AT-ATs look unstoppable, but Luke and his allies, flying T-47 Snowspeeders, target the legs and take them down. Yay!

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  45. Where the storm trooper bangs his head!

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