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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown


Aww, you guys, this is so cute.

 Darth Vader and Son is not particularly weighty - really more a series of punchlines and moments than a narrative - but got a gentle, almost wistful sensibility in with all the sight gags. Darth Vader, it turns out, has the same kind of distracted, lightly exasperated style of parenting that a lot of us Xers have fallen into. Because it also turns out that kids don't get irony for a very long time - or ever, if some of the comments I see on reviews are an indication - and sometimes irony is the only defense against potty training.

Sometimes these little toilet reads or impulse books can feel mercenary or half-assed, like they were just slapped together for a buck. I don't get that vibe here at all, though I could be bringing my love of Jeffrey Brown in from other books I've read of his. But no, I'll go with it: this has the feel of care, and also the near earnestness of Brown's humor. He's not sarcastic or mean, but at the same time he stays out of treacle or overt sentiment. God, it's just so adorable.

I'm totes getting this for my brother-in-law. Shhh, nobody tell him.

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