On May 4, in a bookstore not far away ... we’ll be celebrating all things “Star Wars” at Inklings.
In honor of the date (May the Fourth, get it?) and our festivities, I’d like to tell you about some of my favorite “Star Wars” books, starting with Jeffrey Brown’s delightful comic volume “Darth Vader and Son.”
“Darth Vader and Son” imagines a galaxy far, far away where, instead of focusing solely on galactic domination, Darth Vader is dealing with the trials and tribulations of raising Luke (and Leia) as a single parent. In a series of single- and multi-panel vignettes, we see Vader employing the Force (usually unsuccessfully) when another parent might have used a firm tone or a timeout, or bringing Luke along to business meetings with Imperial bigwigs. Many familiar “Star Wars” characters are featured, and some of Vader’s best lines are matched up against Luke’s implacable 4-year-old logic. “Darth Vader and Son” is a cheerful tribute to both “Star Wars” and parenting.
Brown followed up his “Darth Vader and Son” success with the recently released “Vader’s Little Princess,” which focuses on his relationship with Leia. Unlike the previous volume, in which Luke is eternally a little boy, “Vader’s Little Princess” tracks Leia’s growth from little girl to rebellious young woman. If possible, it feels even truer to life than “Darth Vader and Son.” The juxtaposition of Vader as evil warlord and loving father is both sweet and hilarious. I mean, who could blame a father for not wanting his daughter to leave the house in a metal bikini, or for stopping her from dating a handsome young rebel who’s sure to get her into trouble? And if a few planets get blown up in the process, well, that’s parenting for you.
Inklings is also featuring some other great “Star Wars” books, including “The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes,” which has all the recipes you’ll need for your next “Star Wars”-themed gathering (I’m making Yoda Soda and TIE Fighter Ties for our May the Fourth event), and has coated pages that wipe clean, perfect if you have a youngling helping you in the kitchen. There are also a wide variety of LEGO “Star Wars” books, “Star Wars” I-Can-Read books and other selections for “Star Wars” fans of all ages.
May the Fourth be with you!
• Inklings’ “Star Wars” celebration is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday; those in costume get 40 percent off a “Star Wars” item.
• “Darth Vader and Son” by Jeffrey Brown was published by Chronicle in 2012.
• “Vader’s Little Princess” by Jeffrey Brown was published by Chronicle on April 23.
• “The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes” by Robin Davis was published by Chronicle in 1998.
• Emily Ring works for Inklings Bookshop. She and other Inklings staffers review books in this space each week.