Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by James Wright

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need To Know [Updated and Expanded] Review

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need To Know [Updated and Expanded] Review James Wright

Summary: Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need To Know is a beautiful collection of Star Wars facts, images and Q&A's for readers of all ages!


Jedi Bible

As the Star Wars universe is in constant flux and with the new movie, The Last Jedi about to be released, DK have revisited their excellent book, Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know with an updated expanded edition. Given the last book was released in 2015, there’s been two additional Star Wars films plus other stories which need to be collated and this tome makes the perfect place to collect this information. Furthermore, it’s a well presented hardcover book that is written by Adam Bray, Kerrie Dougherty, Cole Horton and Michael Kogge who successfully compile their Star Wars knowledge together with just over 40 years of stories from this universe.

This hardcover book is split into five informative categories on the glorious universe of Star Wars that includes;

  • Protectors of the Galaxy
  • Bad Guys, Bounty Hunters and the Underworld
  • Weird and Wonderful Beings
  • In a Galaxy Far, Fary Away… &
  • The Battle Continues…

In terms of writing, the four authors definitely aim this book at all ages that is not only beautifully illustrated but contains some amazing stills from the films themselves which includes Star Wars Rebels and the Clone Wars. The book even contains some really entertaining “fast facts” such as information about Jedi Ahsoka that states her occupation, affiliation, homeworld, species and abilities.

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know also contains statistics from the films and TV series plus some great questions to the reader like Why does Yoda give Anakin a Padawan or why do Jawas look for scrap in the desert. Furthermore, it contains information from the various planets in the Star Wars universe to amusing tidbits like 10 ways to Die on Tatooine to a very comprehensive listing of all the droids in this galaxy.

Having seen all the films and some of the animated TV series, I must admit that I did learn quite a bit about the Star Wars universe again, especially about my favourite characters from the franchise like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett and of course, the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader himself. I also like the silly facts in the book like the price of Luke Skywalker’s speeder (2000 credits) or that Gungan spit is actually waterproof and is strong as glue.

In terms of the updated and expanded edition, the information has been tweaked to include content from the Force Awakens and Rogue One and the new chapter, The Battle Continues briefly touches upon the new film, Star Wars the Last Jedi. Although it doesn’t give much information away, it’s still an interesting read such as the chapter on the ‘Hermit’s Cave’ which is on the planet that Luke Skywalker has exiled himself to.

*** Spoiler Alert *** … this is also where Chewbacca finds his cute little Porg which are seabirds native to this planet. Needless to say, this chapter is quite a big Star Wars tease like Luke seeing the Jedi Order once again destroyed or the nefarious Snoke’s Prateorian Guards to a Who’s Who of Rose Tico who grew up hating the New Order. This is probably the only downside to the book, the lack of content on The Last Jedi.

Final Thoughts?

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Updated and Expanded is a mixture of real Star Wars facts with some amusing facts thrown into the mix that is well written and boasts some beautiful images from the films and TV series themselves. As a Star Wars fan, I just wished there was some more information on the latest film but apart from that, it’s a great walk down memory lane of almost 40-years of Star Wars lore with some stunning imagary from a Galaxy Far Far Away!


Book Details

ISBN: 9780241183700 Pages: 200
Size: 236 x 282mm Age: From 8 years

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