A Child’s View: Star Wars Encylopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

Stewart Gardiner asks his four-year-old son Littlest Skyguy for his top picks from the latest Star Wars reference guide from DK

The smartest move that that Landry Q. Walker’s Encylopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles makes is that it includes content from the animated shows as well as live action. As such, it is a most welcome resource for kids and adults alike.

Star Wars Encylopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

I asked Littlest Skyguy to pick some of his favourite vehicles and tell me why he likes them. He could ultimately have chosen dozens, so the randomness of page turning played a key factor and made for some interesting choices.

Mandalorian Speeder

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

“It’s got blue and grey. Because blue is my favourite colour and grey is my favourite colour too. It looks cool.”

Nightsister Speeder

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

“Because it’s got orange and grey and brown. It’s got two seats.”

Imperial Troop Transport

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

“I got that!” Littlest Skyguy shouts, upon recognising one of his toys. “I like those are inside,” he says referring to the drivers. “I can see them and they look cool.”

AT-TE

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

“Because it can walk. It’s got six [legs].”

He counted the legs on a standard one, rather than the clone retirement home version.

I ask if he’d like to live in one like Rex, Wolffe and Gregor.

“Yeah. I will be the leader.”

TIE Fighter

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

His interest goes immediately to the foot of the page and the TIE with a Sabine paint job.

“Because I like the colours on it. It looks cool.”

So it does, Littlest Skyguy. So it does.

Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles by Landry Q. Walker is published by DK and is available 5th April 2018.

Stewart Gardiner

Unreliable narrator. David Lynch nerd. Star Wars fan. International assassin. Arthouse and classic film. Co-editor-in-chief at Future of the Force. Writer at 25 Years Later.

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