Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffery Brown

I was looking through the new book cart today, and came across a delightful bit of humor. What if Darth Vader had known about Luke as a child and had decided to try to be a good dad.  This answer is in the form of a short comic/picture book.  Each page is a snap shot from an alternate Star Wars reality, where Vader is interacting with the 4 year old Luke.  This sideways look at Star Wars is so funny it made me laugh out loud more than once.  Brown manages to weave in quotes from all the Star Wars movies, but puts them in a new parental setting.  For example, little Luke is trick or treating, dressed as a storm trooper,  and the lady at the door says, "Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper?"  On other pages Brown just takes typical scenes from fatherhood, and translates them into a Star Wars groove. On one page, the little Luke is asleep in his dad's arms, and Vader is thinking, "My arm is totally asleep". That has probably happened to most young dads, but somehow it is more humorous coming from Vader's black helmet. The illustrations are just as funny as the text with every page packed full of Star Wars cliche.  Boys old and young are going to like this one but be warned, there is some potty humor. (picture book)

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