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Five years after Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy, Reinhart strikes back with another gorgeous pop-up tribute to Star Wars. Illustrated in the same precise yet painterly style as its predecessor, this offering is divided into five spreads-loosely organized by planets, creatures, evildoers, technology, and the rise of Darth Vader (who gets a light-up lightsaber)-and focuses on the more recent Star Wars films. Thus, characters like Queen Amidala, General Grievous (who launches out from his spread in all his spindly, skeletal glory), and even Jar Jar Binks get their due (Reinhart's unspooling destroyer droid and battle-ready Darth Maul are especially wonderful). Reinhart's books remain a marvel of movement, intricacy, and skill. Ages 7-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Given the breaking news of upcoming sequels, feverous Star Wars fans might break down into slobbering paroxysms. Good thing this energetic trip down Lucasfilm lane is built from hearty cardboard that thrusts out gigantic characters and vehicles with an audible crunch. Focusing mainly on the three prequels, Reinhart offers up backgrounds on dozens of conflicts and locations and characters. The machines can appear to be just a bunch of sharp angles, but the monsters ( Acklay, Nocturnal Nightmare Beast of Vendaxa, for example) are impressive, towering over the page. An oddly soft palette and occasional problems closing the book notwithstanding, this is saber-clashing fun.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist