“The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (An Origami Yoda Book)” by Tom Angleberger (with Barnes & Noble Display)
This book, the latest in the “Origami Yoda” Series, just came out a few days ago. The series is aimed at young kids who like Star Wars and combines fiction with some art activities like drawing or making origami. Some of the books, like “Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling,” are basically full-on activity books, while this one is heavy on the fiction side, but it still has a few activities like making an origami Jabba, etc. My son and I haven’t had a chance to really read this one yet, so I can’t comment much on the content beyond that, but it’s a nice hardcover book with a lot of doodles on every page, in addition to text.
It turns out that there’s a Barnes & Noble-exclusive version in addition to the standard release. The exclusive version is identical to the regular version with the exception of a sticker on the front and some trading cards for the various characters in the back (see below). They’re not bad, but the book was several dollars cheaper from Amazon, and I’m not sure they’re worth that much extra.
Naturally, I had my copy reserved quite some time ago at Amazon.com, but a couple of weeks ago my wife was visiting the local Barnes & Noble and sent me a picture of the display they had there. It occurred to me that it might be possible to get the display when they were done with it, and they were nice enough to save it for me (that’s one reason why I felt kind of obligated to get the B&N-exclusive version as well). It’s probably around 5 feet tall and has a nice big picture of Jabba the Puppett (notice the two t’s at the end).
I don’t think I’ve seen a store display so Jabba-centric before, although there may very well have been others. These are generally destroyed after they are used, so I’d say it’s actually pretty unusual to have one. I’m not sure where to put this at the moment, but I would like to display at least the top half of it.