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Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  63 reviews
When Chewbacca the Wookiee finds out that a job he thought was just ferrying tooka cats is actually much more, he's excited to have something to do! But when he, a young bounty hunter/librarian, and a droll cargo droid--who, unbeknownst to the others is rebel spy droid K-2SO--land in the middle of a blue forest that emits a fear-causing mist, Chewie realizes the job may be ...more
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published May 25th 2018 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book. It wanted to give it 3.5 stars so it definitely deserved a round up as it is too good for 3 stars. Yes it is aimed at younger readers, but it does add something to my Star Wars experiences. The book is also quite well researched, it is written in the third person, and mentions facts from other book and time periods from the Star Wars universe.

Han has got himself captured, and Chewie has been sent on a dangerous/suicide mission to get his release. joining him are a
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though a kids' book, this was one of the more enjoyable Star Wars stories I've read. For one thing, Chewie's central to the story, and, along with a young woman and an undercover K2S0 (Cassian makes a brief appearance), he's on a quest for a book. See, that's all I needed to know. Chewie + quest for a book.
The young woman, Mayvlin, is from a planet that the Empire is oppressing (big surprise! It's like they have one way of dealing with everybody.) She and Chewie are blackmailed into going on a
Neil R. Coulter
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any K-2SO fan
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
As I said in a recent review (of Cobalt Squadron), Star Wars seems (to me) to be better when it's aimed at all-ages or younger audiences than when it tries to be edgy and subversive. The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear is most definitely Star Wars at its silliest--but I loved it. For a certain kind of Star Wars fan, it's enough to say "This is a book where Chewbacca and K-2SO end up on an adventure together." That's about all I knew about it when I checked it out from the library, so I ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good: This was a fun space opera adventure, featuring a new addition to the Star Wars universe alongside longtime favorite Chewbacca.

The Bad: It could have used some more illustrations.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, sf-and-fantasy
'It was nothing a Wookie, a tall droid, and a rogue librarian couldn't handle.'

There are certain indelible memories: The first time I saw Superman as a young child in the cinema (‘You Will Believe A Man Can Fly’), to the first time I saw Star Wars. Nearly five decades later, and those experiences remain as evocative as ever. And it is precisely books like this one by Tom Angleberger that makes me feel like a child again, falling in love with Star Wars (and pop culture) for the first time. My
Amy Sturgis
This book has a great "voice" for middle-age readers, and it connects very well into the larger plot and themes of the Star Wars universe. I couldn't turn down the opportunity to see Chewbacca and K-2SO -- each briefly on his own, apart from his human partner -- working together, and it was every bit as fun as I expected. Add to the mix a librarian bounty hunter (how cool is that?), and you have a fun and exciting adventure. This isn't a "must read" by any stretch of the imagination, but if you ...more
This was such a strong 3.5 I'm just going to it up. This is definitely one of the strongest kids books in the Star Wars canon I've read. It's perfectly written for children, but adult finds can also find something interesting in it. Tom Angleberger does a great job describing the world in easy ways that all add up to make it easy to understand. He's also created a unique and very 'Star Wars' feeling planet and world for the characters to visit. I really enjoyed this, and thought it fit into the ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely delightful middle grade Star Wars book! I had soooo much fun listening to this, the production with the multiple narrators and sound effects made this a really enjoyable time.
Steve Davala
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
VERY easy read.
I'm not really sure the target audience here. The title makes it sound like a kid book, but I picked it up because it had a solid audiobook cast (the standard Star Wars reliables... Mark Thompson among them). So is it young adult? Whatever, it is a quick read/listen.

That being said, you can't really delve too much into the SW universe with so little time. But it is nice to have Chewie as the main guy here, with a couple of others. There is a librarian/bounty hunter (yup) and a
Fiction State Of Mind
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coyer Birthday Bash

This was a really fune paced adventure starring Chewbacca, a suprise cameo by some characters from Rogue One and lots of creepy creatures.

When a beautiful woman approaches Han it all goes downhill from their for Chewie. It seems like an easy job. Chewbaca is to pilot a shutle full of tooka cats to a moon on coruscant. What he doesn't know is the ship is rigged to go to hyperspace and he hs a stowaway named Mayv, a bounty hunting librarian( my new occupation goal).

Turns out the
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, a wonderful hunt, chase, and run adventure for one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe.

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Jordan Anderson
You’d be hard pressed to argue that Star Wars is in a weird place right now. After the Disney buyout it’s been pretty obvious that the franchise doesn’t really know where it wants to go and can’t find consistency in its various forms. Just look at the last 2 films: The Last Jedi sucked but Solo defied expectations.

It’s even more clear when it comes to the literary side of things. There’s no doubt that the new Star Wars canon has had some great books (Phasma, Dark Disciple, Lords of the Sith,
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Andie Tong, 262 pages. Disney Press, 2018. $14.

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



Chewbacca is sent on a mission to retrieve an important book with Mayv, a librarian and a cargo droid. At first the mission seems like a business transaction, but when the lady who sent them on the mission threatens to hurt Hans Solo if
Andrew Bulthaupt
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, star-wars
I listened to this book via Audible.

I am not a part of the target demographic for this book. Initially I was going to pass on it until I saw that the audio version was a full cast recording featuring Star Wars staples like Marc Thomson and January LaVoy. That alone was enough for me to give this young reader's title a shot.

I must say I was not disappointed. The story is certainly not complex, but it's a fun little adventure that puts Chewbacca in the spotlight for a change and was all the more
Dakota Morgan
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sure, The Mighty Chewbacca is written for a younger audience. But something about that "let's just have an adventure" vibe perfectly nails the classic Star Wars feel older audiences know and love. The plot isn't complex - Chewbacca, a bounty hunter/librarian (?!?), and K-2SO are trapped on a mysterious planet that's crawling with terrifying creatures. They need to collect a Macguffin in order to save Han from a crime lord. There's more to it - Mayv, the librarian, and K-2SO each have their own ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who wouldn’t want to set off on an adventure with Chewy and a bounty hunter/librarian?? Chewbacca is certainly one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars Universe and a children’s book highlighting his adventures is certainly something a lot of kids will love. Angleberger always has the right mix of adventure and humor for his young audience. For Origami Yoda fans, Angleberger’s voice certainly comes through in this one. Mayvlin “Mayv” Trillick (the bounty-hunter librarian) is a new ...more
Marcelo Gonzalez
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you can get over that this truly was written for, not just packaged for, children and the improbability that Chewbacca and K2S0 ran a mission together by complete chance, then you'll be entertained.

I accidentally read this right after "RotJ-Beware the Power of the Dark Side" which was also by Angleberger. In both books, he writes in a conversational style in which he simulates someone telling the story, interrupting himself, leaving out details not suitable for children, or adding
I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of Chewbacca, Mayv (a bounty hunter librarian), Rogue One's K2-SO, and a bunch of tooka cats in a fungus forest surrounding a pretty creepy evil. As usual, Tom Angleberger writes a fast-paced tale with a great deal of humor, but the story never feels like a parody of itself. The threats feel genuine, and the creatures he creates ooze with creepiness (sometimes literally). And sending Chewbacca on an adventure of his own, without Han Solo dominating the ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't think I'd like a kids Star Wars book but I did. Chewbacca is probably the hardest characters to have in book since he doesn't speak. Old pre Disney books generally said things like Chewie howled with excitement, growled with anger, growled with sadness, or growled with joy. That why they eventually killed him off. Here the author actually puts feelings into all of Chewbaccas 's , Mrrrhhwww', Rfffl Rffls and other wookie sounds.
It also had a pretty decent story with connections to the
Tom Franklin
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Angleberger has written a fun, fast-moving adventure starring everyone's favorite Wookie, Chewbacca. This story has him on an impossible mission that needs to be accomplished so he can rescue Han from yet another situation Han got himself into.

The other characters who accompany Chewie are nicely rounded characters with their own desires and quirks. The descriptions of the planet and the really mean & nasty creatures make it clear there is an ever-present danger. Angleberger's narrator's
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, junior
I'm going to start off by saying that I was quite clearly not the target audience, but I do think that kids would love this book. The story was well done and interesting. I liked how Angleberger brought in old characters of Chewie, Han, K-2So, and Cassian, and I also like how he brought in new characters, namely Mayv. She's an interesting addition to the canon and is a fun character for the kids. I was also surprised to find that I quite liked the Loth-cat, excuse me the tooka because I usually ...more
Judah-Ben Morales
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
English is not my native language, so I think that books aimed at young readers are easier for me to grasp and enjoy.

Although the beginning of the book felt quite silly, the overall premise of the book was very interesting. K2SO's characterization is the highlight, with his peculiar sense of humor. Chewbacca's impersonation was flawless, precise; his "dialogues" seemed very childish at first, but once you remember you are actually reading a children's book, you get the hang of it.

The action is
Zachary King
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook-d
Definitely intended for a younger audience, with a cheeky narrator and more poop jokes than most Star Wars fans have grown accustomed. The writing of the characters, however, is bang-on, with Han falling for a pretty face who turns out to have insidious connections, while Chewie has to undertake a dangerous mission in the company of a rogue librarian and K-2SO in disguise. I was not a fan of the audiobook's main narrator, who seemed to be playing to a much younger crowd, but it's always a treat ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not going to lie, this book was so much fun. My girls aren't super hardcore Star Wars geeks at 8 years old, but casual fans and they loved this one. It even kind of fit the spooky fall reading theme we are currently on. This one was actually placed in an awesome part of the timeline and with great established characters that surrounded newly introduced ones and helped carry the story. The story manages also to have plenty of laughs, intense moments, action, and also has some cool Sith history in ...more
Read this to/with Aiden. We enjoyed it. Tom Angleberger has a great sense of humor and it made us laugh right out loud sometimes. Also, all of Chewbacca's dialog is written in Shryiwook and then sort of explained afterwards.... so Aiden "read" all of Chewie's lines in excellent Wookiee roars (he had a great time with that). It was fun to see K-2 again, although Aiden ended up not liking him much because he comes off as deceitful and kind of a jerk here.... he has not seen Rogue One, so he ...more
Matthew S. Zielinski
I’m clearly not the audience for this book,and that’s alright. I normally love the YA or young reader books in the Star Wars canon, but I could t get in to the book or just enjoy the style and format. Also, I normally love the Star Wars audiobooks, but the Chewbacca vocals were pretty bad and annoying to listen to. I felt bad, but didn’t forgive the Chewbacca a bit, when I found out that it was Marc Thompson, who I normally love. My kids might enjoy reading this book, but I’m glad that the ...more
Richard Eyres
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook_2018
OK, so this is a book that is aimed at young children, and not a middle aged man, but its Chewie (one of my favourite characters in the series).
Han has fallen for a pretty face again, and it is up to Chewie to rescue him, but going to a planet to complete a mission to get an artefact of evil. K2SO is under cover - which is nice to see his brand of humour here.
OK, so the pacing was a little fast and detail light, but this was entertaining. It was funny, and i believe would greatly appeal to a
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really cute and hilarious Star Wars illustrated book for kids, narrated in third person with funny asides to the reader, and four full-page black and white and brown AWESOME cartoon style illustrations (there should have been more of these! Loved them!). Chewie does a "petsitting job" that goes awry. Funny, good action story--loved the narrator having to translate "Shyriiwook" (Chewie's language) for us, in those funny asides.
Bill Gauthier
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 5 y.o. likes having longer books read to her over the course of bedtime readings. She loved this book and so did I. As a Star Wars fan for most of my almost-41 years, the novel captured the spirit of Star Wars and the characters of Chewbacca and Han Solo, but it also is written in a sly voice that a child will like. The book is probably best read aloud considering the amount of actual dialogue Chewie has. It’s great fun and both my daughter and I enjoyed it.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting to like this as much but it was kinda great? The plot was basic but the characters were so alive that it didn't matter. There was great world building and all the little details of the planet and characters really made it come to life. The dialogue was probably the best part of it, K2 was so on point.

My one fault is that they shouldn't know things like Palps is a sith and I could have gotten by without the force speech, though it wasn't bad.
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Tom Angleberger artist-turned-writer. He is a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, and began work on his first book while in middle school. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. He lives in Christianburg, Virginia.