CHIL­DREN’S books of the week

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS -

STO­RIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIF­FER­ENT 2

by Ben Brooks, il­lus­trated by Quin­ton Win­ter, Quer­cus, £20 (ebook £11.99) SUBTITLED ‘Fur­ther tales of amaz­ing boys who changed the world with­out killing dragons’, this col­lec­tion of one-page bi­ogra­phies of men who ought to in­spire – but of­ten aren’t given enough credit – is as bold and brightly coloured as the first in­stal­ment.

There are names you’ll likely recog­nise, like artist Jack­son Pol­lock, singer Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry.

How­ever, it gets more in­ter­est­ing when you stum­ble across the likes of Cuban bal­let dancer Car­los Acosta, nov­el­ist Jean Genet, and Ruben Figueroa, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion aims to re­unite miss­ing mi­grants with their fam­i­lies.

It dumbs down noth­ing, with sui­cide, race, ho­mo­pho­bia, abuse, dis­abil­ity, in­car­cer­a­tion, po­lice bru­tal­ity and home­less­ness re­counted mat­ter of factly, and in a way that’s ac­ces­si­ble, how­ever old the reader.

STAR WARS CHAR­AC­TER EN­CY­CLO­PE­DIA NEW EDI­TION

Dor­ling Kin­der­s­ley, £12.99 FROM leg­endary Jedi-turned-Sith Anakin Sky­walker to shapeshift­ing as­sas­sin Zam We­sell, this new and up­dated Star Wars Char­ac­ter En­cy­clo­pe­dia is the per­fect guide to the char­ac­ters, droids and crea­tures from a galaxy far, far away.

Fea­tur­ing more than 200 char­ac­ters from the hit fran­chise, the book cov­ers all the films from Episode I to Solo.

Each page is packed with pho­tos and facts so if you have ever wanted to know why AT-AT pi­lots wear in­su­lated suits, where the Em­peror was born or how tall Lando is with­out his Cuban heels, then this is the book for you.

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