Here's a nice gift for dads and sons who are already hooked on Star Wars.
Appetizer: Containing 60-ish illustrations by cartoonist and father Jeffrey Brown, Darth Vader and Son shares imagined portraits between Darth Vader and a four-year-old Luke Skywalker.
Here's the introduction from the book in Star Wars style, of course:
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, I needed nothing more than a glance at the cover to know I needed the book now.
While still enjoyable, when my copy arrived and I read Darth Vader and Son, I was a little disappointed to see that there wasn't a cohesive plot throughout the picturebook. Rather the book shows vignettes of real father-toddler moments with a Star Wars twist.
My favorite illustrations tended to be the ones that were twists on famous lines from the movie series:
Darth Vader and Son is a fun quick read that parents can appreciate. In terms of young Star Wars fans, I have no doubt that there are four to seven-year-olds who will love staring at and examining some of the illustrations. It could be a very powerful experience jumpstarting some wee-little ones' imaginations to see such a young Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe:
Also, on a slight tangent, according to his mini-autobiography on his website, Jeffrey Brown and I hail from the same hometown: Grand Rapids, Mi. *waves at a fellow Grand Rapidian*
Tasty Rating: !!!