I Wish I Had a Wookiee, by Ian Doescher, illustrated by Tim Budgen • Glam Adelaide


Excellent reading before heading to the Land of Nod, in a galaxy far, far away.

Ian Doescher, a New York Times best-selling author, has already reinvented the star wars stories like Shakespearian dramas “with an elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter”, accompanied by stagings. This anthology contains over 75 poems, ranging from a few short lines to a few pages, and covering star wars movies from episode one to six.

The poems are suitable for young readers and would make a great bedtime read. There is even a Star Wars from A to Z alphabetical poem, ranging from A for Anakin, to J for Jedi, to Y for Yoda – an interesting and different way to learn his letters for star wars Fans. In the poems, the author combines real-world fears/difficulties/problems faced by children, with solutions from a galaxy far, far away, and closer to home.

In the eponymous title poem, the writer wants a wookiee to ward off monsters and be their best friend. In fully armed, rather than being afraid of surgery, the young boy is delighted to learn that he too will have metal plates in his arm, under the cast, just like Luke Skywalker.

Tim Budgen’s illustrations fit well with the simple style of the poems being in a cartoon style and mostly black and white. There’s the occasional pop of color like the bright red lipstick and Sharpie patterns on the face of the Resourceful Sith, which go extremely well with the rest of her costume, a dressing gown and a broom. The book is a high quality production, slightly smaller than A4, containing a comprehensive index to enable readers to find poems about their favorite character, aspect or event from the star wars universe.

My favorite poem from the collection is star wars day, a day we always celebrate in our house as it is our daughter’s birthday – May the Fourth be with you!

Reviewed by Jan Kershaw

This review is the opinion of the reviewer and not Glam Adelaide.

Distributed by: penguin book australia
Published: November 2021
Recommended retail price: $34.99

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