This is a cute little graphic novel clearly intended for young kids. You’ll see it described this way a lot but it’s true: this really is Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the Star Wars Universe. Although I hadn’t read book 1, book 2 picks up the next year in Roan’s life so I didn’t feel like I had missed anything.
Story: Roan returns for his second year at the Jedi Academy. Once again, he’ll have to contend with a Gamorrean cook, bullies, flight simulators, meditation training, crazy Yoda quotes, and more.
The book is all black and white and contains diary like entries, letters home, observations, school newspaper clips, etc. It’s more than a simple set of sequential comics panels telling a straight story. But the overall arc is 1 year at school.
A lot of this book is very topical and it will be interesting in future years to see just how much it represents the zeitgeist of 2014. It’s not really intended for adults and is missing the sly dark humor that can help a kids book transition to a great read for adults as well. As with Diary of a Wimpy Kid or the Dork Diaries, this is fully and solely something that kids will appreciate. Admittedly, I tried to read it and got bored real fast.
My 11 year old loves Star Wars and Dork Diaries. So of course she liked this. Her comments were that it was too ‘busy’ (the fonts are really, really, hard to read) but that it was cute. She would want me to buy the next in the series.
Reviewed from an ARC.