Monday, May 4, 2015

Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown

Vader's Little Princess 
by Jeffrey Brown 
64 pages
Kindle Book
Chronicle Books 
April 23rd 2013

Book Jacket Summary
In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader--Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire--now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager.

Smart and funny illustrations by artist Jeffrey Brown give classic Star Wars moments a twist by bringing these iconic family relations together under one roof. From tea parties to teaching Leia how to fly a TIE fighter, regulating the time she spends talking with friends via R2-D2's hologram, and making sure Leia doesn't leave the house wearing only a skirted metal bikini, Vader's parenting skills are put hilariously to the test.

My Thoughts
Vader's Little Princess is a hoot! I figured what better way to celebrate May 4th than to review a Star Wars book. Well, graphic novel. This is a funny look into the life of Darth Vader if he ended up raising Luke and Leia in the Imperial Army. It is strange thinking of Darth Vader as a loving father and he comes of quite awkward but that is the charm. It was nice to see Leia explored as a child and seeing her go through different childhood stages. The funniest is asking him for a school essay about what he actually does. Several lines are used out of context to form a pun or sill moment. I do like that Leia isn't "princessy" in the strict sense but instead a rough and tumble kid of girl. This is more in following with the movies where she has no qualms getting involved. Thank you for that. Although she does has boyfriend problems with Han but who didn't as a teenager.  
I would not recommend this one for kids even though it looks more like a picture book than a graphic novel. It more for the adult demographic or teens who love the series and want to see a parody AU (alternate universe). The concept it quite clever and Jeffrey Brown has found a niche in the Star Wars genre that has not been thoroughly explored. I want to check out his Jedi Academy series next and see if it is as good in a longer format. 

Book Pairings
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by


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