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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811847365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811847360
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 939 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, Terry Whitlatch and Bob Carrau offer a faux naturalist's sketchbook of the fauna born of George Lucas and co.'s considerable imagination: the spot-light sloths of the Dagobah Rain Forest, the Peko Pekos of planet Naboo's Gungan Swamp, the gas-filled Beldons of Bespin, which can achieve a girth of 10 kilometers, and a host of other fantastical creations populate this delightful large-format book. Drawings on every page are substantiated by salient pieces of information about habitat, habits and danger-factor.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


With "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" hitting theaters next year, here's the perfect gift --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Dennis on Oct. 10 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Wildlife of Star Wars is a Audubon-like field guide to the creatures and species of many of the classic and episode I-II planets.
The illustrations are lavish watercolor-type drawings including several views of each creature--parents with their young, face on, running in their environment, etc. Some include internal drawings of internal systems.
Text is somewhat sparse, but I do feel that too much text would have drawn the attention away from the superb illustrations.
Drawings are extremely well done, but the list price seems somewhat high. The cover and backing look quite sturdy and the pages are of high quality paper. ....
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 8 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:26 Mins
This hardcover is actually texture-pressed with scale patterns from a creature I can't identify. It has a nice touch.

This is a field guide to the wildlife from the Star Wars planets. It's organised by planets and the included ones are Tatooine, Hoth, Dagobah, Naboo, Bespin, Endor, Yavin 4 and Coruscant. There's a short introduction describing each ecosystem ' fiery, freezing, vaporous, etc.

The illustrations are sketches drawn with pencils and colour markers, supposedly by a zoologist in the field, but is actually none other than Terryl Whitlatch. They are all wonderfully detailed showing the creatures in their natural habitat, be it hunting, caring for their young, chilling out, or even on sale at some market on Coruscant. The attention to skin textures is very nice. You can almost get a feel just by looking. Beautiful colours also.

Besides the paintings are field notes filling in on information like feeding patterns, mating habits, herding instincts and defensive mechanisms of these fascinating beings.

I didn't know that the giant space slug is really that huge at 900 metres until I looked up the size of a blue whale for comparison, which is 33 metres. The space slugs gets nutrients from asteroids and you can see how the intestines work. Some of the designs you'll see are inspired by Earth animals. The Opee Sea Killer has characteristics from lobster (shell), frog (long sticky tongue), anglerfish (that glowing forehead tip) and the arowana (breeding little babies in the mouth).

Some of the designs might look a bit far fetch but hey, this is Star Wars, this is science fiction. I guess anything goes but many are believable for the most part, in art and concept.

This is a very good book for all fans of Star Wars and animal art.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By Nigel J. L. Willis on Nov. 10 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this tome THE book of the year -- if not the decade -- for Star Wars enthusiasts (such as myself), but it will also go down well with biologists (such as myself).
Extremely well thought out, the authors draw parallels with animals found on Earth to make the creatures of the Star Wars universe realistically believable. For example, the size relation of the nuna's egg to the adult female is also found in the kiwi, and the multiple embryos coming from that single egg are similar to the multi-spawning eggs of some parasitic wasps. The similarities between banthas and elephants are copious, and the mouth-breeding behaviour of the opee sea killer will be familiar to any avid aquarist.
There are also many wonderful and enchanting "background" details in many of the drawings, like Bib Fortuna looking to purchase a Nightsister's rancor, an Ewok being carried off by a condor-dragon, and some Tatooine anoobas picking over the remains of the late podracer Teemto Pagalies (those are DEFINITELY his goggles).
The book is arranged in chapters by planet. (Naboo has three chapters for its various macroenvironments: terrestrial, deep aquatic, and swamp.) The ecologies of the worlds and the niches of the native creatures are all highly detailed and superbly explained. Great care and effort was put into expanding the range of Star Wars wildlife knowledge, using conceptual sketches and some apparently original animals to flesh out the bestiary to a fantastic extent. The images of the creatures themselves are -- and I have NEVER before used this term outside of describing food before, but it is now necessary -- sumptuous. The people responsible for the content of this book deserve to win awards. Lots of 'em.
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Format: Hardcover
From the fertile imaginations of Whitlatch and Carrau comes this immense coffee-table book. This book is a detailed bestiary
of the living creatures that inhabit the planets of George Lucas's Star Wars saga. Rendered beautifully in color and formatted in the style of a naturalist's field journal.
the book showcases animals seen in the films and (finally) gives
images to other creatures formerly only described in print.
Mating habits, social interractions, hunting techniques, and
life cycles of Banthas, Dewbacks, Rancors,and Kadus are shown.
As well as others who only made brief appearances or just named in print such as: Womp Rats, Nerfs, or that trash compacter Monster (Dianoga) which I finally saw what that eye belonged to.
Fauna are represented planet by planet and each new world gives
a brief but informative introduction on the ecosystem.
This lavishly illustrated and beautifully rendered book makes a
excellent companion to the Illustrated Star Wars universe. As well as the books of the conceptual art. For any fan this is an
essential volume and a most welcomed addition to one's personal
library. A pity that George Lucas does have an introductory
statement printed to acknowledge or at the very least give kudos to the splendid work Terryl Whitlatch and Bob Carrau have done in giving form and life to the creatures that inhabit his universe.
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