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Perfect for Halloween time or any time, Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex is a laugh out loud book similar in vein to There’s a Monster at the End of This Book, and featuring the galaxy’s biggest baddie.
OF COURSE I AM NOT SCARED.
Nothing can scare Lord Vader!
Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark.
So what is Darth Vader scared of?
Read on in Adam Rex’s hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out!
YOU WILL LEARN NOTHING.
Rex’s signature comedic timing and sarcastic writing shine in this book, as Darth Vader shrugs off all attempts to frighten him with assorted scary creatures: werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and more.
But what is Darth Vader afraid of? As the truth about these creatures is revealed, you see him finally start to lose his cool. But is he afraid? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out.
Kids even remotely aware of who Darth Vader is will be delighted by the way this bad guy is put to the test. Knowledge of the Star Wars films is largely irrelevant (though you’ll certainly appreciate some of the finer jokes if you know the movies), so even younger kids who only have a passing understanding of the character will be entertained. But those who are in the know (especially the parents who may be reading this one out loud) will especially appreciate some of the little jokes and nods to the franchise (“That is no moon”).
The way Rex has illustrated this book is equally charming — with Darth Vader appearing almost photo-realistically, and the other characters rendered more cartoonish. The combination is just as fresh and witty as the story itself.
Are You Scared, Darth Vader? should be an instant buy for anyone with a Star Wars fan in the family (young or old), but even non-fans will find the book highly entertaining and laugh-out-loud worthy.
Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).
Adam and Marie live in Tucson, where Adam draws, paints, writes, spends too much time on the internet, and listens to public radio. Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave. He can carry a tune, if you don’t mind the tune getting dropped and stepped on occasionally. He never remembers anyone’s name until he’s heard it at least three times. He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots.
His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, which was adapted into the DreamWorks film HOME in 2014. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Paul Fieg.
Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.
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