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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Goodnight, Darth Vader, by Jeffrey Brown. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2014. $17.95 ages 5 and up

"When Jar Jar puts on
his PJs for bed
He always ends up
with a bonk on the head.

`Dexter's diner is quiet,
with few patrons in sight
Soon it'll be time
to turn off the light.

I'm on a roll with graphica today! In his latest book for Star Wars fans, Jeffrey Brown shows his readers just how tough it is to get little ones to bed...even for the great Darth Vader! He may rule the galaxy, but putting his young twins to bed proves an almost impossible task.

"Luke! Leia! Join me,
and I will complete your
Why do we have to go to bed?
If only you knew the power of sleep...
Read us a story.
As you wish."

As they enjoy their  bedtime story, many familiar characters from the Star Wars series are also preparing for sleep. Three of our favorite movies when the kids were young were the Star Wars trilogy. We watched them numerous times, collected figurines, spaceships, and every other bit of paraphernalia that was available. Our family shares wonderful memories of that time. So, I was happy to read this new book from Mr. Brown that includes many of the iconic figures that played a very important role in our lives. It helps if you know some of the characters to get the most from this humorous, rhyming tale of the need for a restful sleep. But, it is not essential. Each scene is full of fun, and sure to entertain. In the end, Darth succumbs to sleep before his children, as happens in so many houses worldwide. Good night, Darth!

It is not the first book about these characters. Be sure to look for the others...Darth Vader and Son (2012), Vader's Little Princess (2013), Jedi Academy Books 1 and 2 (2013 and 2014). You won't want to miss them!

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