Writer/Illustrator: Jeffrey Brown
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2012)
Bought at: Kinokuniya Ngee Ann City (25,95 SGD)
Ages: 4 yo and up
I grew up with Star Wars, my brother was a fanboy and he had everything related to Star Wars, from the little figurines to the movie Betamax (oh, those good ol days!). And although I am not a hardcore fan now, I’m still interested in anything Star Wars-y, including this cute little book. I fell in love the first time I saw it on the internet, and almost had a heart attack when my father gave it to me after his trip to Singapore. Woohoo!
In this short graphic novel slash comic book, Jeffrey Brown illustrated the life of Darth Vader as a father of his son, Luke. What if the famous evil had an active role as a father to his only son, Luke Skywalker? His less dark side was portrayed in a really funny way, with colorful graphics and cute conversations.
This book will enchant even a non Star Wars fan, as long as he has a good sense of humor inside. Of course there are lots of “insider jokes” understood only by people who already watched the movie, but still, all parents and kids will still love to read this book together. I read it with my son and although I didn’t let him touch the book (later, hon!), we were having a great time 🙂
Here are some of my faves:
Jeffrey Brown is the famous cartoonist, born in Michigan in 1975. He had an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. He had written many adult comics as well as some children books, including the highly successful Star Wars – bringing back the evil figure with some sweet twists.
PS: I also submitted this post for FYE with Children’s Literature, hosted by Bacaan Bzee.