“Star Trek: What Would Captain Kirk Do?” by Brandon T. Snider and “Star Trek Starfleet Logbook” by Jake Black are being released the same year as the 50th anniversary of the television show Star Trek (1966).
The first book is “Intergalactic wisdom from the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise,” a book about a Star Trek commander and his top notch advice. Most people who have watched the older “Star Trek” movies and original TV show would like this because they would understand it.
Captain Kirk lets out some very funny wisdom such as “There’s a time and place for impish behavior, it’s called childhood.” Anyone who likes advice, well intergalactic advice, would love this book. On every page, a new piece of advice appears.
I enjoyed the colorful pictures on all of the pages. Since I have not seen many Star Trek TV episodes or movies, I did not understand all of the references in the book.
This book is a mere 80 pages, so it is a quick, easy read. You really wish there was more. Some of the advice is actually useful, like “Don’t just be a leader, be a friend” and some of the other advice is just plain silly and funny like “There are always consequences to time travel. Always.”
The “Star Trek Starfleet Logbook” is more of a work book. It asks on its front cover “Find out if you have what it takes to rise through the ranks of Starfleet!” It has many pages that you can journal on. It also has puzzles including connect the dots, mazes, creative writing pages, coded messages that you interpret, and sudoku to name a few. This book is a bit longer with 102 pages and an answer key in the back of the book.
This second book would be great for travelling on vacation. It took a while to go through all of the activities. It had a variety of difficulty levels with some activities being pretty easy and others more challenging.
I enjoyed both books and feel that they go together rather well. These books seem to be good for 10-15 year olds.