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Darth Vader and Son Hardcover – April 18, 2012
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"As a Star Wars generation kid-disclaimer: the original Star Wars movies, not the prequels-this little book was pure joy. I now read it with my five-year-old daughter, who cracks up at little Luke and a much kinder, gentler Darth Vader."- Chicago Magazine
"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. "
"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. "
"Darth Vader and Son is cute, and perfect for the little Star Wars fan in your life. It playfully posits the question "What if Darth Vader had actually raised Luke?" Author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown turns run-of-the-mill parenting activities into fun moments full of Star Wars references...Overall, Darth Vader and Son is a fun read for adult Star Wars fans who like a good laugh, as well as for children just learning to love these characters."
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"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."
"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
"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
About the Author
Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and five-year-old son.
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The writing is clever, the words play off the Star Wars dialog in cute funny ways. The play on words makes me chuckle and my kids don't understand yet. They watch the movies with me, but they are still too young to get it. But this book they get, and they love it, and I love reading it with them. When my son is old enough, he will get to read it himself and enjoy it the way my daughter and I enjoy reading it to him.
Edition Reviewed: 2012 Hardcover by Chronicle Books
First and foremost, before starting my actual review, I’d like to say that this isn’t the kind of book I normally review. I am actually writing this review today to present my perspective as someone who (for once) isn’t the target demographic – I am a female college student, whose LAST thought is parenting. I am neither a son nor a father. So, I am here to offer my point of view for skeptics who find this book interesting only for fathers and sons.
Why I Picked It Up:
I picked this book up because (1) It’s related to Star Wars, which I love, and (2) Because of the adorable front cover and title. So sue me for choosing my picture books based on their pictures.
I expected to find it mildly entertaining, and flipped through it at my local independent bookstore. I found the artwork entertaining and cute, but ultimately put it down because I knew that I would lose interest right away.
When I got home, however, I immediately typed it into the Amazon search bar and knew that I had to order it. I regretted putting it down at the store, and I knew that even if I really did get bored with it, I wouldn’t regret having a quirky Star Wars related book on my bookshelf.
My Overall Opinion:
I love this book. Not just because I love Star Wars (although that probably does have an affect on my opinion), but because of the heartwarmingly comical artwork. There are scenes in the book that I just stare and giggle at because I find them too adorable to ignore. Yes, I breezed through the 64 pages in minutes, but the greatest quality of this book is the ability to not get bored of it. I flipped through it, reading everything and looking at every image carefully, and then promptly read it a second time. I put it down on my shelf, wandered around my house, and then pulled it out again. And I have done that at least every few days since because it has a bit of a timeless quality to it that I was not at all expecting. As a general rule, I do not have many picture books at home because I find them boring after the second time I go through them unless the art is truly spectacular. This book, on the other hand, seemed determined to catch my interest.
The book itself feels very sturdy and well made, and the actual content is entertaining for adults as well as children. The price is not at all steep for the quality material used to create this book. It is an excellent addition to anyone’s book or Star Wars collection because it really has a kind of collectible feel to it.
My final point today with my review is that regardless of age and gender, if you are mildly familiar with Star Wars, then you’ll probably enjoy flipping through this book. Don’t be afraid of leaving this book on the shelf forever – you will definitely reach out and look through it from time to time, and it will grow on you every single time. This is the book I show all of my visiting friends and family members, because people latch onto these kinds of books. It’s short enough that you can easily go through it in one short sitting, but it’s long enough that you won’t feel unsatisfied by the time you reach the end.
Kudos to Jeffrey Brown for making a refreshingly different kind of picture book for dads, sons, Star Wars fans, AND just about everyone else out there with even an inkling of interest in Star Wars. I mean, everyone wants to imagine a world where Darth Vader actually raises his son, and this book does it in such a comically sweet way.
In 54 pages Brown illustrates all the common expressions of child rearing and places them in the nerd universe of Star Wars. Here, Luke really is a little short to be a Storm Trooper. The results are not always funny but they do allow us to remember and relive these moments with a smile.
Family friendly and aspiring nerd appropriate.
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.