Review: Star Wars: The Force Inside

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Title: Star Wars: The Force Inside
Publisher: Put Me In The Story
Release Date: September 2015
Original MSRP: $39.99
This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this book is available on Episode 451 of the podcast.

Put Me in the Story creates customized books which are mostly for children. When they reached out to us I was intrigued and it brought back a flood of memories. When I was about five or six years old, my grandmother got me a book about a giraffe whose name was mine spelled backwards. My street name and the names of my friends were all in the book as well. Now, this was the mid-Seventies and the information was clearly typed in (with an actual typewriter) but it was still a magical experience.

This service appears to carry on the tradition so I jumped at the chance to check out one of the books for review. It didn’t hurt that it was a Star Wars book as well. When you go to the website and choose a book to personalize you’ll be asked to fill in some information and upload a picture or two. It’s a really simple process and the experience I had was quite good.

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For the book I was given for review, Star Wars: The Force Inside, I needed two pictures, my child’s name (Mason), and a dedication (which was optional). I could have used any old pictures of my son, but being the geek that I am, I had to get some new shots of him holding his lightsaber.

Because this particular book is split into two halves, Path of the Jedi and Path of the Sith, I figured a picture of him with the lightsaber turned to blue and another with it turned to red would suffice. Turns out I was wrong.

The book uses the same picture and dedication at the beginning of each “Path”. For this book in particular, it feels like something of a missed opportunity. Having a smiling child with a blue lightsaber is great for the beginning of Path of the Jedi, but for Path of the Sith? Maybe I’m going a little overboard here but it doesn’t seem to be asking too much for a different picture for each section.

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The book itself walks you through a series of questions from six different Light Side characters and six Dark Side characters. You’ll get four questions from each with four answers to choose from. Total up the points based on the answer chosen one through four and by the end of the section you’ll have a total score to see where you fall on either side.

At the center of the book, separating the Light and Dark Sides are two pages that can be cut out and hung. One is a certificate where you fill in the rank achieved through the questions and one is a picture of your child on a Path of the Jedi or Path of the Sith page.

Beyond the pictures your child’s name will be all over the book helping to personalize it and draw them in even more. It’s actually a really cool idea and even though my son is a little young for it he loves seeing his picture and his name in the book with Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Luke Skywalker. The book would do really well with the five to ten-year-old range.

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The quality of the book impressed me the most. The hardback cover has a smooth, almost rubbery feel the looks like it can withstand some punishment. The pages are crisp and clean like any book you’d buy off the shelf at a bookstore. The difference is that it’s completely personalized. It’s really well made.

Conclusion:
Nothing fires up a child’s imagination like seeing themselves in a story. Put Me in the Story really impressed me with the quality of the book they produced, so much so that I went back to the site and bought a book for my daughter’s first birthday (which isn’t until April). If you’re looking for a unique personalized gift for a child this is where you should start.

Score:
8.0

* All product shots used in this review were provided by the publisher.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 25 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation – minus the Switch.

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  • Makai Ookami

    The Force Inside?

    Really? They should know better. Is there a way I can apply for a position as an Immaturity Tester? I think it might be of great use to them.