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Darth Vader and Son Hardcover – Apr 4 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145210655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452106557
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
- Forcecast.net "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"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"
- Real Simple"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"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"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. "
-io9.com"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"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."
- CSI: Librarian "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"

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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Being a star wars fan, a bunch of my friends bought this for me for fathers day. This is such a fantastic book. Basically its Darth Vader taking a more active role in raising Luke (his son). It just a really sweet book, and there is actually a small set of them. Great book, worth of the $17.00 for the hardcover.
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By S.G.S TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 26 2012
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I picked this up yesterday, and I wondered if I made a sound investement. By the time work was over I had read through this book at least 5 times, and loved every page. A few colleagues also read it and the Star Wars fans loved it, but the non fans( and my wife ) did not see what the big deal was. They did not think it was bad by any stretch, but they just did not get the dialogue like a fan would. IE. " Your skills are complete." , " Your lack of patience is disturbing.".

Production.

The book quality is very nice, with thick, quality paper. I was very impressed with with the simple, but detailed art, that lends its own little comic jems. IE. Little Lando.

If you are a fan, buy this book quickly as it looks like the production run is small, and you will surely enjoy this as much as I did.

BTW. If you are a dad you will appreciate this book even more.....
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Thought this book would be witty, funny, and interesting, but it wasn't any of those, and I am a Start Wars fan. The art was good, and the story was cute, but not worth the price. It felt more like a web comic than a book.
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I purchased this as a gift for a 3 year old boy who loves Darth Vader! His father is also a Star Wars fan, so I thought it would be great for them to share. The 3 year old doesn't quite get it yet, but his parents thought it was hilarious!! I would definitely recommend this to any Star Wars fan with small children
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I admit it. I don't even like Star Wars. But this book is hilarious. And you don't have to be a Star Wars fan OR a parent to appreciate the humour in it. The drawings are well done. It's a book I just had to own, but it would also make a great present for someone.

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My husband loved this as his first Father's Day gift.

If you're looking for a read-aloud, this book isn't for you as it is done in comic book style.

Amusing illustrations and scenarios - very fun!
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This is a humours and light take on the dreaded villain, Darth Vader. This book is perfect for the Star Wars fan who is also a parent. A really nice gift.
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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 23 2012
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This is a relatively short book about what it would be like if Darth Vader was a loving and involved father to Luke. Each page is its own joke, so it's really a collection of jokes. Many of them involve using actual Darth Vader quotes in new and funny contexts (the others involve scenes or themes from the movies). For example, Darth says "this is not the one you want" (actually said by Obi Wan) and waves his hand at Luke when Luke wants a Jar-Jar toy. Little quips like that make this a fun book to read, particularly for dads who know their Star Wars. I didn't laugh at each and every page, so I couldn't quite give it five stars (vs. say, Go the F to Sleep). But it's still a lot of fun to read, and I think I'll be sharing it with a few other fathers I know who are also Star Wars fans. So if you know (and like) Star Wars and want a cute and funny book aimed at Dads but funny to any fan, this is a fun book to pick up.
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