Vader’s Little Princess
By: Jeffrey Brown
Published by: Chronicle Books
Released date: May 4th 2013 – International Star Wars Day
Isn’t it funny how some things just work? Just when you think you have your head around Star Wars, something comes out – Lego, Robot Chicken – that turns it on its head but retains the essence of the saga.
Vader’s Little Princess is like that.
Following up from Darth Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess is a light-hearted, maddeningly cute and often completely irreverent look at what may have happened had Darth Vader hung around and been a dad. With added cuteness. Did I mention it’s cute?
It’s difficult to describe, really. The first book was basically a series of funny sketches showing Luke and Vader dealing with the day-to-day trials of being a son and dad. What happens when Luke drops his ice cream and Vader’s is fine? Would it be funny if Vader caught a flying football in his swimsuit area (yes, by the way), you get the idea.
Vader’s Little Princess is more of the same, but this time around it’s different in a couple of ways, namely it has a through story – well, sort of – and it covers events from the Star Wars trilogy. Though it still has no relationship with the movies at all, despite happening during them, only in an alternative funny dimension. Which means it’s not EU. Ugh, my brain hurts.
However, what it is is funny and entertaining (my kids loved both of these books) and the trump card it has is Brown’s ‘so cute it kinda hurts a little’ art work. Not sure if I mentioned the cuteness yet, but it is cute. There is cuteness here. Cute.
It makes Vader seem, well, cuddly, and there’s not a dad alive who can’t empathise with his struggles as a parent, even in a galaxy far, far away.
Overall, it’s a fun little distraction for parents and a nice little addition to the bedtime reading list and, for the more serious Star Wars completest, there is a good few giggles to recommend it.
Not ground-breaking but certainly fun while it lasts…