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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

"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

"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. "
-io9.com

"Darth Vader and Son [is] a sweet mashup of Star Wars and father and son bonding"
- Chicago Tribune

"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."
- ICv2.com

"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."
-E! Online

"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"
--Real Simple

"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

"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. "
-Comics Bulletin

"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."
--Forcecast.net

"It is funny and sweet and the perfect stocking stuffer for Star Wars-loving dads."
--Victoria Times Colonist

"It's fun to see Darth Vader as sort of a sensitive guy." -Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex

"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

"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

"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

"The central conflict of 'Star Wars' looks considerably different -- and much, much funnier -- through Brown's eyes. "- Comic Book Resources

"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."
--CSI: Librarian

"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

"You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate this tender little book."
-The Guardian (UK)

"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

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; English Language edition (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145210655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452106557
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,081 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jody A. Cornelius on April 26, 2012
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When looking at the pictures in the preview, I was sold on this book, but not for my son. I ended up buying it for my wife. Looked through it today and it's great, really adorable artwork. Don't buy if you're looking for a story to read your little kid, but for a mom or dad, this is just great. Like the other reviewers said, it's more of a gift book than anything else, but as a gift book for a parent it's fantastic.
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Graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown is 37 years old, which is almost the cut-off for enjoying this irreverent (but tender) take on classic Star Wars to the fullest. |Darth Vader and son| was funnier and much more touching than I expected. I plan on buying several copies to give as gifts, especially for expectant fathers. It would also make a timely Father's Day present.

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.]
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If you know a guy Star Wars fan with a young son, this is the perfect gift. Cute and sweet it will certainly bring smiles again and again
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My husband is a Star Wars fan, so of course in 2011 when we found out we were expecting boy/girl twins the first thing that came out of his mouth is he wanted to name them luke and leia. It of course was a joke since im just barely getting into star wars myself, but Ever since then thou we have agreed they are our little luke and leia. So when we saw this book at B&N a few months ago my husband was over joyed. he sat and showed our then almost 1 year old son the pictures and just was so happy. Of course i hate spending the actual retail price for books even more so when its a cute gift idea and something that wont be used everyday, so i told my husband to wait and we would find it somewhere else cheaper. My husband deployed and since hes been gone hes missed Christmas and our wedding anniversary. When i got on today and saw that they were coming out with a pricess leia version i KNEW i had to order both of them since this is the perfect gift for my husband. Even more so when i can get both books for the price of just the one at B&N.

I love the cute pictures and its not a story time type book, but something perfect for all the star wars lover in all of us. :)
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I grew up during the Star Wars era - where Anakin Skywalker was a mangled, cyberfilled ball of hate with only the vocal talents of James Earl Jones saving him from eternal peril (that Jones' voice can save the soul of a man who blew up a flipping planet is quite a testament). My little princess grew up during the airing of Star Wars The Clone Wars where Anakin Skywalker was a barely scarred, good-natured, slightly impatient hero teaching a padawan while still needing guidance himself. For children who's first glimpse of Anakin wasn't one of a genocidal vassal of Darth Sidius and parents who don't want to bring that up until later, this is a beautifully entertaining book. Purists risk hating it and imagining using The Force to give wedgies to its author.

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.
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Definitely for the star wars fan who grew up and had a son. There also one for Vader and his daughter. Its definitely for adults, not in terms of inappropriate content or anything. If you haven't seen and probably loved the original movies, you won't get the references. A fun birthday or father's day gift for sure.

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.
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My seven year old son loved this book! I actually heard him giggling a couple of times. He really wanted this book and it did not disappoint. It's perfect for a bed time story or for the daily home work reading time.
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