Nostalgia Overload: ‘Star Wars’ Movies Get Little Golden Book Adaptations
Odds are you enjoy, or are at least familiar with, the Star Wars series of films. And there's a good chance you read Little Golden Books (or had them read to you) when you were a youngster. You know the ones: The colorfully illustrated books with a signature golden spin, that retell classic stories.
Since you almost definitely know both of those things, someone put them together, and the final presentation is pretty cool. That's right: The classic (and also the newer) Star Wars films are being adapted into Little Golden Books so even the smallest of kids can get up to speed with Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Darth Vader and the Death Star.
Entertainment Weekly debuted the covers for all six books --- adaptations of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. They all have that signature golden spine, but instead of the classic decorations of filigree, flowers, bees, vines and the like, these spins have little icons of Star Wars characters. It's a neat touch.
The art style also looks really fun. (It looks like each one is by a different artist.) The Attack of the Clones cover is almost reminiscent of the designs of the original Cartoon Network Clone Wars microseries, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any artist or writer credits for the books just yet.
According to EW's quote from Jeanne Mosure, senior vice president, group publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide, the focus at the moment is entirely on marketing: "We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format."
Isn't it good to know you're part of an overarching strategy? Even so, the covers look cool.
The books will be available July 28 (that's soon!), with a box set to come Sept. 1.