'Must try harder' for Star Wars Diary of a Wimpy Kid,
This review is from: Jedi Academy (Hardcover)
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I got this for my 8 year old son who, so far, has not really made much of an effort with it. He flicked through it, said "it doesn't look very exciting," and that was that.
So I read it through to see if it was worth reading with him. It's a mix of journal entries, letters, doodles, comic strip entries, report cards, pages from the school newspaper and comic strip. It tells the story of Roan, a young lad from Tatooine who aches to be a star pilot but is turned down for pilot school entry, but is succesful with Jedi Academy. The comic strip is monochrome and on first glance dull which is a shame, as this is Star Wars. But there is a neat range of expression there, and characterisation that works, if you persist.
On the whole though it is a pretty disappointing, unimaginative transposition of middle school tropes and anxieties into the Star Wars Universe. There is nothing to challenge, it is not funny enough or thrilling enough. It ambles along, is mildly diverting, but won't cause any disturbances in the force.
But, I'll still read it with my son to see if there is a spark for younger readers I'm missing.