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As he's shown in his previous hugely popular books, Jeffrey Brown has a real gift for finding humor in quirky yet universal truths. Now the bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess brings his witty comic observations to terrestrial parenting in this perceptive book celebrating the more surreal moments of raising a child. In charming colorful panels, Brown wryly illustrates his fiveyear- old son's take on the world around him, from watching TV ("Elton John looks pretty in that shirt") to playing with toys ("This truck can survive on very little water") to odd requests ("Don't feel happy at me"), capturing the sweetly weird times that mothers and fathers everywhere experience with their own curious, pure-minded kids.
Brown's popular recent works, like Darth Vader and Son, feature epically horrific villains bumping up against the quotidian concerns of family life. The author's latest feels like more of the same but without the preconceptions inherent in the Lucas universe to draw from, it's not as funny (everything is funnier when Darth Vader says it). Brown, reprising his role here as the resolutely unshaven dad/artiste, notes early on that there's a short window between the time when kids don't talk at all and when their first verbal malapropisms begin. The mostly single-page episodes each center on a particular turn of phrase from his young son: "Don't forget to smash people," "We can't have a play date because my mom doesn't like crying," "I'm going to eat all the people in the world." There's several chuckles throughout, and even a few genuine laughs. But the resemblance to Kids Say the Darnedest Things overpowers most of the book's other gentle charms.