Battle for Dream Island: Official Character Guide is an American children's book published by Scholastic in 2019 and is BFDI's first published book. It was first discovered in Scholastic's book flyers in the end of August to the beginning of September 2019, and was officially confirmed by Michael Huang and Satomi Hinatsu on the same day. The book was written by Satomi, Cary Huang, and a Scholastic employee. The book is only available in English.
The front cover has Leafy, Firey, Pencil, Pin, and Bubble on the series' normal grass. (Additionally, Taco is featured in a promotional image.) The book includes descriptions of all 64 initial Battle for BFDI contestants and includes tips on how the reader can make their own object show. Each character description has an illustration of the character in BFB's style, along with a piece of trivia. The book's introduction explains about jacknjellify, the Huang twins, the creation of BFDI, and the basic plot and gameplay of the series. As mentioned in the introduction, there is a short quiz at the end of the book. A page at the end has tips for creating your own object show from Cary Huang. The last page is a picture of the whole BFB cast: Four, X, and the 64 contestants, arranged in a gradient based on color. The back cover continues the grass from the front and has Eraser, Teardrop, Bell, Bomby, Pen, Bottle, Woody, and Book, with a summary of the series in the center.
Details and release
The book is 48 pages long and is 5¼ inches wide by 7⅝ inches tall (133 mm by 194 mm). The full-color paperback book is $5 from Scholastic (or $4.50 on their website), with the flyers and website crossing out a $6.99 retail price underneath. The book is listed for grades 3-7 and ages 8-12, and is only available in English. The "subjects & themes" for the book is "Reluctant Reader Appeal" and its ISBN is 978-1-338-35839-1. It has a weight of 0.15200 pounds (about 0.069 kg). Its Lexile measure is 870LL and its DRA level is 40. The first printing was in 2019. The book was produced by 22MediaWorks with graphic design by Fabia Wargin Design and was published to Scholastic.
The Lucky September flyer says the book is a Scholastic exclusive, though it was eventually made available for online retail purchases. Scholastic Book Clubs, where the book can be bought from, is only available to schoolchildren and their parents and teachers. A participating teacher is needed to log into the website where the book is listed (clubs.scholastic.com), and can only be delivered when the teacher has finished the book orders. The two flyers that are given to children list the book as $5, on Scholastic Book Clubs' website it is $4.50, and The Scholastic Store lists it as $6.99.
As of February 23rd, 2021, the book has been unavailable to purchase for quite some time. It is unknown if it will get reprinted, or possibly even remade with new, more up to date information.
In January 2022, it was announced on the Jacknjellify store that the book got reprinted and will be made purchasable in the near future. It will have a new price tag of $11.99 and will presumably be available to ship worldwide much like other JnJ store items.
These descriptions are on Scholastic's book flyers. The Kids Picks September flyer uses an exclamation point after "characters" instead of a period.
"THE OBJECT SHOW THAT STARTED IT ALL!"
"The creators of the YouTube series tell all about your favorite characters. With tips on how to create your own object show!"
These are from the book's Scholastic listing on Scholastic Book Clubs.
"From Eraser to Tennis Ball—meet the quirky contestants of the hit animated series and predict who will win.
Fans of the Hit Series, Funny Character Profiles, Whimsical Full-Color Art, Discussing Teamwork and Fair Play
Topics and Themes:
Blocks, Bubbles, Coins, Erasers, Flowers, Golf Balls, Ice Cubes, Leaves, Matches, Needles, Rocks, Snowballs, Pencils, Other Object-Based Characters, Friendship, Competition"
This description is from the book's Scholastic Score listing.
"What do you get when groups of inanimate objects battle one another for the chance to live on a fictional island resort where robots wait on you hand and foot—if you actually have hands or feet, that is? You get Battle for Dream Island, the animated YouTube series. BFDI, as fans call it, is a raucous parade of crazy characters, each with their own personalities, hang-ups, friends, and enemies. This character guide is indispensable if you want to know all there is to know about BFDI."
- The book states that Pen is a ballpoint pen with blue ink, despite his ink having a gray color in "Today's Very Special Episode".
- It also states that Cloudy "is a big puffy cloud!" but due to a typo, it was typed: Cloud is a big puffy cloud!
- The book was previously known as a "secret project" that delayed "Return of the Rocket Ship" (BFB 13) and was mentioned as early as November 2018. Files in Satomi's source images date back to August 5, 2018, which is less than a month after the latest episode at the time, "What Do You Think of Roleplay?"
- Pillow's pose is recycled from "Four Goes Too Far".
- Gelatin and Remote's poses are similar to their IDFB poses.
- Firey's pose is similar to a different pose from BFDIA.
- The book, at times, explicitly references specific moments in past episodes:
- Yellow Face's "Did You Know" segment references "Puzzling Mysteries", "Crybaby!" and "Bowling, Now with Explosions!".
- Rocky's "Did You Know" segment references "Sweet Tooth".
- Ice Cube's "Did You Know" segment references "Hurtful!".
- Flower's "Did You Know" segment may be referencing "Hurtful!".
- Woody's "Did You Know" segment references "Take the Plunge, Part 1", and his bio references Part 2.
- Pin's "Did You Know" segment references "Get Digging".
- Bottle's "Did You Know" segment, while not a "canon" episode, does reference "Happy Birthday, Battle For BFDI!"
- Pie's bio references "Bowling, Now with Explosions!" and "Getting Teardrop to Talk".
- Nickel's bio references "Lick Your Way to Freedom" and "Why Would You Do This on a Swingset".
- David's bio references "Reveal Novum", "Rescission", "Insectophobe's Nightmare 2", "Getting Teardrop to Talk" and "The Long-lost Yoyle City".
- On the last page of the book, Loser's face is recycled from "Getting Teardrop to Talk".
- The Morse code above Roboty says "HELPME" when translated.
- The Morse code on Remote's page says "BATTERIES" when translated.
- The artwork for Leafy on the front cover is darker than the one in the book and is darker than Leafy in the series.
- Saw does not have her wooden handle in the book.
- Dora has her new hairstyle.
- It is possible this book was the reason for Dora's hairstyle to change, as they wanted to avoid copyright issues.
- In Bracelety's "Did You Know" Section states that Ice Cube has never noticed her. Curiously, in BFB 4, when Bracelety was eliminated, Ice Cube's mouth twitches downward, as if she noticed her.
- Satomi Hinatsu has released the source images for the book on Discord. The file, titled snazzy.zip, can be found and downloaded here. It is 14 megabytes in size.