Anakin To The Rescue
by Cecilia Venn, illustrated by Chris Trevas
Published by Random House
Scott's Rating: 4 out of 4
This is a Step 2 young reader's book, intended for Grades 1-3. But even though it is for young readers, it is still a part of the big story.
While Qui-Gon talks to the Jedi Council, Anakin decides to explore the city of Coruscant. Jar Jar secretly follows him to, ironically, keep him out of trouble. Anakin soon becomes lost and hooks up with Jar Jar. They then bump into a little boy who's nanny droid had gone on the fritz and is running loose. Anakin is determined to help the boy and fix the droid, but they have to catch it first. The chase leads them through the city, the airbus port, through traffic, and down a garbage chute. Jar Jar and Anakin eventually catch the droid, fix it, and take the boy home. They then return to the Jedi Temple and the movie storyline continues.
This book is good for parents because it has instructions on how to work with their kids and their reading skills with these books. Then there are stickers for the kids. The book is also under $5, which is very reasonable.
This storyline pretty much takes place "off screen" from the film, and I generally like that a lot. No sense in rehashing the film story when there's more to explore. The story isn't dumbed down for kids, and it fits well in the continuity. The art is great and the presentation of the book is well done. I think kids will love to read it and adults will enjoy adding it to their collections.
My only complaint is that the droid says "There's no place like home." Nice tip of the hat to Wizard of Oz, but it was a little too obvious.
Jar Jar eats bugs crawling in the trash dump. Oy.