The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

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The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer behind the original trilogy.

Collected in a picture book for the first time, McQuarrie’s art is paired with captivating text by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi-a winning combination that will delight Star Wars fans old and new and delight generations of readers to come.

Published: October 7, 2014
Ages: 6 to 8
Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Lucasfilm Publishing

Extras

Video Interviews

Video Interviews

Tony DiTerlizzi talks about The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Essay

Essay

'Celebrating a Master' by Tony DiTerlizzi, published at StarWars.com

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

View photos from the launch party at Odyssey Books as well as ‘Star Wars Reads Day’

Educator's Guide

Educator's Guide

Disney/Lucasfilm Reader's Theater for School and Libraries

Praise

"The layout allows McQuarrie’s art to shine, alternating between small panels and large full page illustrations. DiTerlizzi’s lively text condenses the saga into a brisk 64 pages without losing the iconic moments that have delighted generations of fans. . . . It is the ideal initiation for young Padawans taking their first steps into a larger world."
School Library Journal

"Children who pounce on anything associated with the Star Wars movie franchise have a treat in store. . . . DiTerlizzi has plucked drawings and gouache paintings from the oeuvre of Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012), the concept artist who worked closely with Mr. Lucas to create the futuristic look of “a galaxy far, far away” before anyone outside the movie industry had heard of the project."
Wall Street Journal

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.