Disney Publishing Worldwide is working to introduce the original Star Wars trilogy to a younger generation of fans with new children’s books retelling the stories of the films. Releasing first in October 2014 is the children’s storybook The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, by Tony DiTerlizzi. The story will cover the events of the entire Original Trilogy, accompanied by Ralph McQuarrie concept art.
Three additional books, one each for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi will also release during the lead-up to Episode VII. These three books will be illustrated by Prequel Trilogy concept artist Iain McCaig, who is also hard at work as a concept artist for Episode VII.
While I’m sure there are Expanded Universe fans out there disappointed that we’re getting news of new children’s books before we know the future of the adult novels, it’s important to remember that there are lots of kids out there that don’t know anything about the Original Trilogy. Books like these are a great way to introduce them to that era, and get kids engaged and excited for the Sequel Trilogy.
Take a look at the video below to see the passion that each of these authors has for Star Wars, and their excitement at being a part of bringing the Original Trilogy to younger fans.