Are You Scared, Darth Vader? (Adam Rex)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex, a delightfully silly interactive book featuring Star Wars’ most notorious baddie.

What, if anything, is the deadly Sith Lord Darth Vader afraid of? A persistent narrator attempts to answer this question by presenting the mask-wearing master of the Dark Side with a number of traditionally spooky things, seemingly to no avail. Wolfman, vampire, ghost or witch? Not even a shudder. Spiders, black cats, public speaking? Nope, nope, and nope. The dark? Are you joking? Unable to find anything to spook the unflappable Vader, the narrator gives up, telling the monsters to remove their costumes. Wait, costumes? What were the monsters concealing – and is it enough to finally frighten a Sith Lord?

Goofy, clever fun. Creative dialogue, incredible design, and some truly funny humor for Star Wars fans young and old make this a great read from cover-to-cover. Little ones will delight in the final two forces that finally ruffle, then frighten, Vader, an especially nice way of turning the tables on the classic villain. And the wry humor is wonderfully expressive for kids but also peppers in some great Star Wars jokes for older fans, making it a blast to read aloud. The art is fabulous, especially the design of the bright yellow narrator’s text paired with the dour, white on black speech bubbles of Vader’s dialogue. The length is great, and JJ loved it. Brush up your Vader impression and share it with your little Star Wars fan – this one’s Baby Bookworm approved.

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