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Queen in Disguise (Step into Reading, Step 2, paper)
Queen Amidala's handmaidens are trained to protect her if she is in danger. But Queen Amidala wants to learn to defend herself. She joins the training disguised as Padmé so her handmaidens won't worry. Can she handle the training? Read this colorful fully-illustrated beginner reader and find out!
Paperback, 48 pages
Published March 28th 2000 by LucasBooks for Young Readers
(first published March 1st 2000)
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I loved this book! It's a beginning reader, so the prose was fairly simple but the story was great. This book gives some background for Padme disguising herself as a handmaiden to protect herself. It's the genesis of all Padme/handmaidens shenanigans and it's great.
Not much else you can say about this one other than it's an easy reader book. I picked it up to read to the kids, and to satisfy my own curiosity and interest in anything Star Wars in 2000, and for what it is it's pretty decent. The stand-out feature would definitely be the artwork by John Alvin, probably best known for his movie poster work (that's his work on the Raiders of the Lost Ark one-sheet). As a collector, I'd easily pick up others in this series (I'm looking at you, Darth Maul's Reven ...more
Well written and age appropriate for the recommend reader however the material is extremely dated. I could see this being much more interesting to the reader when Phantom Menace was released but not so much now. Artwork is worth noting on a positive level.
Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria. Monica Kulling has published twenty-six fiction and nonfiction books for children, including picture books, poetry, and biographies. She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Rooseve ...more