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Darth Vader and Son Hardcover – April 18, 2012
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"This is a good one for a young geek or their proud papa. "
-Ain't It Cool News
"You won't find a more adorable Star Wars book this year than Darth Vader and Son. Seriously. It's a must-have for Star Wars fans of all ages, as it's not only insanely cute, it's quite humorous,"
--Geeks of Doom
"You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate this tender little book."
-The Guardian (UK)
"When the first Star Wars film conquered the world in 1977, no one could have possibly foreseen it going on to become such an ubiquitous part of our cultural heritage. Now even parenthood can be viewed through the filter of the Sith lord Darth Vader. Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots) crashes headlong into George Lucas's galaxy far, far away with endearing, funny-and fully licensed-results. A series of full-page gag cartoons focusing on the 'what if?' of Darth Vader raising a four-year-old Luke Skywalker, the book twists father/son moments into scenarios within the Star Wars playground. For instance, the addition of a wailing little Luke turns the Bounty Hunter scene into, as one bounty hunter's thought balloon puts it, Awkward! Trick-or-treating, toy shopping, a day at the zoo, and more are rejiggered with a lighthearted, charming tone. However, the book also provides ample proof that adding a babysitting Darth Vader to any Star Wars situation makes it gently humorous. Brown's signature scratchy style is embellished with full color and stripped-down likenesses."- Publisher's Weekly
"This book is hilarious, short, and sweet. I'm sure it will have a real wide range of appeal that will include both young and die-hard Star Wars ones. There's probably not wrong reason to gift this, but it would definitely make for a good Father's Day present if you really need an excuse to buy Darth Vader and Son."
"The central conflict of 'Star Wars' looks considerably different -- and much, much funnier -- through Brown's eyes. "- Comic Book Resources
"The book imagines a universe where Darth Vader actually gets to raise his son Luke and it is so disarmingly charming that you really stop caring that this is an evil Sith lord. Oh, Obi-Wan, why did you spirit those children away?" -TOR.com
"Mix "Star Wars" with cuteoverload.com, and you get Jeffrey Brown's adorable "Darth Vader and Son" from Chronicle Books..[it] just had me melting, "awww"-ing and/or giggling over almost every page. And I'm not even a dad.. geek dads, especially those with little kids, would totally appreciate"
-Geek Watch, DetroitNews.com
"Just let me just be the first to tell you that, if you play your cards right and get him a copy, Darth Vader And Son is gonna have Dad laughing coffee through his nose this year at brunch." -Babble.com
"It's fun to see Darth Vader as sort of a sensitive guy." -Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex
"It is funny and sweet and the perfect stocking stuffer for Star Wars-loving dads."
--Victoria Times Colonist
"Hilarious...it's a great book to read to your kids, but it's also a great book for adults. I find myself smiling as I turn each page."
"Darth Vader and Son is Brown at the top of his artistic game with beautiful full-color pages, many of which seem imbued with a sincerity that I would expect to find in his next autobiographical work, A Matter of Life. Darth Vader and Son is a book for fathers and sons and Star Wars fans and, well, pretty much anyone who enjoys happiness and smiles. "
"From potty training to lightsaber batting practice to ice cream runs, the endearing absurdity of the duo's dynamic makes for a remix treat of the most entertaining variety."- Brain Pickings
"Fans of Star Wars will be entertained by this heartwarming and comical twist on the epic classic. Through vivid illustrations, author Jeffrey Brown shares the tale of Darth Vader, the hands-on, over-protective dad, who's involved in Luke's everyday activities"
"Do you and your Dad have a Star Wars bond? Then you're definitely going to want to nab this sweet and funny comic about Anakin & Luke Skywalker."
"Devoted Star Wars fans will love that Brown has taken Darth Vader's lines from the movies-'I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further'---and cleverly turned them on their heads, finding the humor in both parenting and movie fandom, especially when he pokes gentle fun at the newer movies."
"Darth Vader and Son [is] a sweet mashup of Star Wars and father and son bonding"
- Chicago Tribune
"But if you're one of those sad, empty few who haven't picked up Vader and Son, for yourself, a child, a Star Wars fan, a carbon-based lifeform, or anyone who likes things that are Good - do yourself a favor and pick it up, because not only it is adorable and funny, but it's also one of the best Star Wars books ever. In fact, buy two, because you're going to want to give a copy to somebody over the holidays, no question. "
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Top Customer Reviews
Men in this age bracket who grew up in the Seventies and now have children of their own will appreciate the father-son dynamic here. Lord Vader's dark reputation is very much softened as he raises young Luke as a single parent, apparently, affixing band-aids and playing checkers ("You have learned much, young one."). The positive vibe isn't an accident. Author-illustrator Brown admitted, "With my son being 4, I thought it would be really fun to do something along the lines of Luke being a 4-year-old and Darth Vader going through the same things I was going through as a parent."
That perspective results in some LOL moments, for example:
**When I was your age, we didn't even have star destroyers.**
**Luke, pick up your toys this instant. Luke, I am your father. Do you want a time-out?**
**Luke complains, "I don't want a sister," as Leia plays nearby (and puts Luke's action figures in dresses).**
Quality construction on the hardcover itself. Chronicle continues to publish wonderfully offbeat titles. Not sure why Amazon currently shows availability as "Usually ships within 1 to 3 months." FYI, it's available (albeit at full price) at Chronicle's own site.
[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
Luke in the book remains a kid (probably 7 - 10 years old) in all the scenes. The Leia one has her grow from a kid to a teenage daughter, probably because teen daughter give Dad's a big headache. Very cute.
It's cute, touching, endearing, and filled with moments where parents will relate to the poor Sith lord and children will see the Jedi in themselves. I've read this to my daughter; she's read it to her friends; and her friends have read it to her. It's pure, sentimental gold.
Its only flaw is that it makes me crave the arrival of "Vader's Little Princess" that much more.
Good for a Star Wars fan who is also a father.
Most of the comics are viewable online, so you can get a good idea of the humor and artwork.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty much the cutest book ever. I bought it for a Star Wars fans baby showerPublished 1 day ago by Andrea Mason
Such a fun fathers day gift! Bring the love of Star Wars to a loving father with this humorous book with witty captions and beautiful illustrations. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Meadow Frisbie
Really more of a picture book. Basically a series of childish Star Wars memes.Published 2 days ago by Dan Hamilton
Being a 70's Star Wars kid I wanted to buy this to share it with my 21 month old son. His attention span doesn't allow him to enjoy this just yet, but I certainly am :)Published 3 days ago by ScottB
My 7 year old loves to read this and my husband and I think it's hilarious! Very well done and any Star Wars fan with kids will get a kick out of it :)Published 6 days ago by Sally Mercer
Adorable book, loved it so much we have order several more from this author!Published 9 days ago by allison allen
My Grandnephew and his mother both loved this book alike.
I also loved reading this book.
In fact I am thinking of stealing it back from that little leach. Read more
This book is adorable and a must have for Star Wars fans/parents. I thought it would be a book I could read my toddler but it reads more like a comic book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Karissa A. Howard