Darth Vader and Friends is another in the series of Star Wars picture books by Jeffrey Brown. It follows Darth Vader as if he was a normal father, interacting with Luke and Leia and their friends.
As with the others in the series, Darth Vader and Friends is heavy on the humor. Anyone with kids will completely understand the absurd but realistic situations in which Lord Vader finds himself. Think of the book as a mix of Star Wars and The Far Side. Brown has a wonderful touch, with just the right amount of humor mixed with just enough reality to strike back at seriousness.
The illustrations are very cute, and children of all ages will find the book amusing and enjoyable. Despite all the characters being softened up, the books still have the feel of being in the Star Wars universe. The colors used, how the characters act…it’s all consistent with the extablished characters, but with a cuddly feel. Even the Emperor gets into the game.
If you are a fan of Star Wars, have (or know) any kids, and have a sense of humor, you will enjoy this book. Darth Vader and Friends is a quick read, and perhaps a good introduction to the characters for those too young for the films or novels. I highly recommend this book.
Release Date: April 28, 2015 (USA)
ISBNs: 1452138109 (9781452138107)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Violence: 1 (brief, implied)