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Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
by Matthew Reinhart
Order:  USA  Can
Scholastic, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Alex Telander

In celebration of the 30th anniversary since the release of Star Wars, along with The Star Wars Vault, here is another gem for fans: Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy. Don't be turned away by the term pop-up, thinking it something that applies only to children's books. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy is a pop-up book for all ages.

The thick but light book is divided into six double-spread pages. It does not tell the chronological story of Star Wars from episodes I to VI, but is instead more like a report from someone who traveled to this galaxy, far, far away, and came back to tell of what he or she saw and learned there. The copy on each page is detailed and complex. This is not for anyone (if there is anyone) who has yet to see Star Wars, for prior understanding is required. On each page facts, stats, and details are thrown at readers, along with incredible colorful pictures that pop out before your very eyes and almost become real.

To say there is something for everyone would be like saying the Millennium Falcon could probably make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. The most impressive tableau is the pop-up of a large Mos Eisley spaceport where Luke and Obi-Wan first met Han and Chewie. Organized in wonderfully complex 3D fashion, we see the familiar scene with different groups of people and lots of familiar faces, who are all explained. But whether you're hoping to see some of the lesser known bounty hunters, like IG-88 and Bossk; or wondering if Jabba the Hutt's Desert Skiff can hover up to 50 meters and travel up to 250 kilometers per hour; or hoping for a glimpse of the formidable but often forgotten Wedge Antilles; rest assured they are all here.

And if that isn't enough for you, then turn to the last page where you will be greeted by Lord Darth Vader coming out at you with the scarred old man's face beneath. After recovering from that, turn to the fold-out panels on either side of the black helmet which discuss Anakin Skywalker (who became Darth Vader) on the left, and Luke Skywalker on the right. The key here is to open both at the same time, as each character pops out in miniature, holding their familiar lightsabers which actually light up red and green.

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