Friday, October 4, 2013

K10 Special Edition: Star Wars Reads Day 2013!



Today on the Kidliterati Ten we are thrilled to participate in Star Wars Reads Day! Fans of reading and a certain galaxy far, far away have reason to rejoice! Star Wars Reads Day, a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars, is to be held this October 5, 2013 and is a nationwide multi-publisher initiative.

In honor of Star Wars Reads Day, we bring you two very special editions of the Kidliterati Ten with a chance to win your very own copy of both books. *please see details below*

Check out the official Star Wars Reads Day site for information on author events and locations, participating publishers, downloads, the Star Wars Reads Facebook page and more!


May the force be with you! 


K10: Star Wars:Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I am Sammy. I am 8 years old, and my favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry with whipped cream.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I chose JEDI ACADEMY because it looked really cool because it was a graphic novel and it was about Star Wars which I love.

Can you describe this book in one word?
Awesome!

What was your favorite part of this story?
Roan usually stinks at using the Force, but for his last assignment he had to lift one boulder with the force, but he actually lifted many boulders. He got an A+. I thought that part was cool because he accomplished what he wanted and was able to finally use the Force.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
Roan’s problem was that he stunk at being a Jedi. I’m not a Jedi. I wish I could be a Jedi. If there were real Jedi I think I would be good at wielding a light sabre and using the Force because I’m smart and kind. Also, I took fencing which is not exactly like using a light sabre, but kind of close. But if I stunk at being a Jedi I would do what Roan did and try hard.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
If you like Star Wars you will probably love this book because it is about a Jedi and it is very funny. The drawings are pretty funny too.

What do you think about the book's cover?
I like it because it has a great drawing of the main character and Yoda. And Yoda is one my favorite Jedi so that automatically makes the cover cool.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
I would definitely want to read another book about Roan because this book was interesting and the author could write more about his training. I hope to see Roan go on many more adventures.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
This is the first Star Wars book I’ve read, but a book that reminds me of this one is AMULET by Kazu Kibuishi because it is also a graphic novel and the amulets have powers that are similar to the Force.

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
Can I only ask one question? Because I have a lot of questions! Is the author going to have other books in the JEDI ACADEMY series (I hope so)? Which was your favorite Star Wars movie and why? If you write a future book, will Roan ever meet Obi Wan (he's my favorite Jedi)?


We contacted Jeffrey Brown and here was his reply: 
Yes, there will be more Jedi Academy books! I'm working on book two now, which should be out next year. And there'll be at least one more book in the series after that.
My favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back, because of Yoda, the bounty hunters, Han and Leia, and pretty much everything that happens on the planet Hoth.
Roan's story in Jedi Academy happens before Obi Wan is around - about two hundred years before Episode I. I do plan on him meeting some more Jedi at some point, though.

Thank you Sammy and author Jeffrey Brown for sharing Star Wars: Jedi Academy with the Kidliterati. 

You can catch up with Jeffrey Brown on October 5th at the Scholastic bookstore in NY where he will be signing for Star Wars Reads Day, and this Friday (that's today, so HURRY!) Jeffrey will have an art show opening in Brooklyn, NY with art from Jedi Academy and from another Star Wars book, Vader's Little Princess. You can find more information about this special event here: http://www.scottedergallery.com/

And to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day, Kidliterati has a special giveaway of an ARC of Star Wars: Jedi Academy! We know you will love this book as much as Sammy. Click on the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter. (If you like free stuff, though, check out this page--you can download poster sized Vader art from Jeffrey right now!)




K10: LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles
The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.


Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite ice cream flavor? 
My first name is Nathan. I'll be 6 next month! My favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry.

What book did you read and why did you choose it? 
The Yoda Chronicles. Because I like Star Wars and legos. 

Can you describe this book in one word? 
Cool!

What was your favorite part of this story? 
Learning about Yoda's past.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do? 
When the clones turned bad. If I was Yoda, I would go the Darth Sidious, grab his cloak and make him trip, steal his light saber, and I would defeat him with the two light sabers. 

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book? 
It has all kinds of things in it. Legos and light sabers! And also blasters and giant creatures. 

What do you think about the book's cover? 
Looks awesome. I love the LEGO character included! 

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not? 
Sure, I would love to! Because I like Star Wars and I love legos. 

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one? 
The other LEGO books, like the one about Batman that I have and comes with a Batman mini-figure and tells you all about the sets. 

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
Did you get to play with the LEGO sets you show in the book?

Lucky for us, the author, Daniel Lipkowitz responded to Nathan's question!
"I didn't get to build and play with the specific models that were photographed for the book, but they are all ones that I've handled over the years, so I knew their features and functions. I have a big LEGO set collection myself, and of course that includes lots of Star Wars sets!" 

Thank you Nathan, author Daniel Lipkowitz and DK Books for sharing LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles with the Kidliterati. 


And thanks to our friends at DK Books, Kidliterati has a special giveaway of  LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles from DK Books! We know you will love this book as much as Nathan. Click on the Rafflecopter below to enter.
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Happy 
Reading! 

-Ella and Rebecca

6 comments:

  1. Who knew Yoda had such awesome moves?

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  2. My favorite Star Wars memory:

    When Return of the Jedi was in theaters, our local theater was selling out every show. So my parents decided to run a promotion for their business (they owned a computer store at the time): They rented the theater for a private Return of the Jedi showing and gave away tickets to their best customers. I was young enough that I didn't realize exactly what was going on... I just remember it was so much fun to go to the movies and realize that I knew every single person there! (I didn't know they were there by invitation, I just thought it was super-cool that we all chose to go to the movies at the same time!)

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  3. Favorite Star Wars memory?

    In 6th grade, my friend John Siegel and I were Star Wars FANATICS. We did everything Star Wars. Mr. Zoller gave us creative writing assignments every Friday, due on Monday. He got sick and tired of us suggesting Science Fiction topics, though, just so we could inject Star Wars into our stories.

    So one Friday, the topic was "My trip to the movies." I think he knew one of us was going to write about going to WATCH Star Wars... That's what I delivered. John's was even better. The first sentence was:

    I was just coming out of the movie theater when Han Solo screeched up in a Trans Am and shouted "Come on Kid! Chewie's warming up the Millenium Falcon!"

    And it was ON!

    LOL.

    My favorite Star Wars memory.

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  4. Favorite Star Wars memory: reading The Splinter of The Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster and loving the heck out of it, and even at age ten realizing it didn't quite fit into the timeline established by the movies, but not caring about that because it was such an awesome book

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  5. My favorite is my son when he was about 7 dressing up as Darth Vader at the Zoo's Halloween party. He is still a Star Wars fan.

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  6. Favorite Star Wars memory as a kid is watching Luke Skywalker. :) As a mom, watching Star Wars with my kids and dressing them up in Star Wars costumes for Halloween!

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