Review & Giveaway: The Force meets World Book Day

Whether you are a fan or not there is no escaping Star Wars fever – Emmy and Harry hadn’t come across it until recently but with my best friends boys absolutely loving it they have slowly learnt the characters and are beginning to show much more of an interest – we have even started watching the first film together and when Harry had his Pre-School booster injections this week I took him into Tesco to choose a toy and the only thing he wanted was a Star Wars wallet!  I’ve filled this with train tickets for him and cut card up to look like tickets – he says these are his Darth Vader tickets (Arth Vater – as he pronounces it).
With World Book Day just around the corner, 3rd March it is a great way of introducing new and wonderful books and authors to our children, and I love that the schools generally get involved with either a book sale, dressing up or even the handing out of book tokens.
We are celebrating World Book Day along with Egmont Publishing and Star Wars and have been sent some lovely books to look at and been tasked to create a Star Wars themed costume.  This year one of the £1 world book day book choices available is Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space – The Escape, this book can be exchanged for the £1 book token your children will receive shortly. 
Star Wars – The Adventures in Wild Space are a series of 3 books – starting with the introductory book The Escape it is a great way to see if you will love the series, for just £1 it’s a shorter read and gives an insight into the following 2 books which are available for £6.99 each. 
“When the parents of Milo and Lina Graf are abducted by agents of the evil Empire, the children must undertake a perilous journey across the unknown reaches of wild space to rescue them – and discover hope for the future’.

I have started reading these to Emmy but they are a little old for her to read herself currently however my best friends 9 year old is absolutely loving them! and I can read them to her and Harry.

We have also been sent the Star Wars: Doodle Book
which is great for fans of all ages although it does say for ages 8 and over, I would personally say 5+ as Emmy has been enjoying this one loads. 
With a good mix of colouring and doodles this book helps to unlock the child’s creativity, some pages are colouring pages, others have prompts on such as use lots of squiggles and other you draw characters for yourself in your own style. Priced at £5 a lovely present for all younger Star Wars fans – perhaps a gift to give for the next class birthday party your child is invited to.
We also received  the Star Wars: Where’s the Wookiee?
book – think Where’s Wally but Star Wars style.  Great fun for all ages trying to search for the Wookie in each page, I have to admit to being rather poor at this but all the kids loved it.
Priced at only £3.50 this is a great novelty book which won’t break the bank.
Last minute Star Wars themed costume: 
Tasked with creating our own Star Wars costume I went with the last minute theme as I know how our children like to forget to tell us about dressing up days or the letters from school come with only a few days notice/stay in the book bags unnoticed for a few days (always the case here).  I first thought about creating a R2D2 homemade t-shirt using a white t-shirt and fabric pens only when the pens arrived there was no grey so I rethought and went for Storm Trooper instead.
You will need:

  • White t-shirt (I picked up one for £3 in Tesco)
  • Fabric pens
    – I only used black
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Card
  • Picture of a Storm Trooper to copy if you need one – I used a picture in one of my friends boys books to give me the design I needed and took inspiration from his dressing up costume.
How to make:

  • Place a sheet of card (or a piece of card) inside the t-shirt and lay on a flat surface. The card will make it easier to draw on in pencil and also stop the pen from running through to the back of the t-shirt
  • Using a ruler and a pencil draw the Storm Trooper design onto the T-Shirt – this can be as basic or elaborate as you which.  You will mainly need to use straight lines, with a couple of curves and circles.  It is also advisable to work out where the middle of the t-shirt is length ways as the majority of your design is symmetrical
  • Once happy with your design take a black fabric pen and draw over your pencil design – I found it easiest to do this freehand as the pen kept catching the ruler. 
    Start from the top and work downwards to avoid smudges
  • The pens I used could be ironed to cure immediately or left to air dry for 24 hours.

This took me around an hour in total to make.  Not the quickest of jobs but once made and the pens cured it will last and be machine washable.
Team this with white trousers/leggings or even tights for a cheap Star Wars dressing up costume.  Of course it also works well with jeans and your everyday attire when not dressing up.
I am part of a blog tour, huge thanks goes to Boo Roo and Tigger Too for linking up to my post, I now pass over to Cookies and Cwtches, do pop over and see what fun she has been having.
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For your chance to win the set of 3 Star Wars in Wild Space books please fill in the rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway will end at midnight on 14th March 2016.  Good luck (Open to UK entrants only).

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96 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: The Force meets World Book Day

  1. I always loved C3-PO because of his plummy British accent that seemed out of place in a galaxy far, far away – plus he was so funny as he was always scared but in the centre of all the action.

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