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Katie Cook's ("My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic") latest project aims to teach children the alphabet using the way of The Force. By associating every letter with a different "Star Wars" character, the book -- titled "Star Wars: ABC-3PO," and written by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy -- journeys through A to Z of the galaxy far, far away, so kids can learn about the characters and discover the alphabet while they're at it.
Speaking to StarWars.com about the book, Cook discussed how the idea came about -- revealing that it sprung from her popular ABC poster, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration last year: "Mike [Siglain, creative director of publishing at Lucasfilm], who is working on it, really liked the ABC poster that I did for Star Wars Celebration and he had an idea. He really wanted to make a kids book that was more memorable than just, you know, the stock art photos, things like that. And he brought up all of these great kids books, kind of from the ’80s, with these really charming illustrations that really stick with you; the books you want to give to your kid because you really remember loving them as a kid yourself."
Cook went on to describe her inspiration for the project, and how it connects her children to the franchise she holds dear: "I wanted a book that I could give to my kids and say, 'Hey look, this is what Mommy does, this is why Mommy loves this franchise.' So the book is a little bit of a Star Wars love letter for my kids, because it was the first time I’ve done a whole book of just Star Wars art, and my oldest daughter was such a big part of the process because I was showing her drawings the whole time. And she was getting so excited because she was like, 'Oh, it’s Rey!', 'It’s BB-8!', 'It’s Princess Leia!', because she has her favorites. While I was working on this book, I got to take her to see The Force Awakens in the theater for the first time and see that awe in a kid’s face that I had when I saw it at the movies the first time."
"Star Wars: ABC-3PO" goes on sale June 16.