Cross-posted on Readerling
This is going to be one of those reviews where I tell cutesy anecdotes about my kids. Fair warning. You can get off this merry-go-round at any point.
So, my son has been pissed at me since Christmas, when I bought a copy of [b:Darth Vader and Son|13163846|Darth Vader and Son|Jeffrey Brown|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348552876s/13163846.jpg|18342898] for my brother-in-law, had it knocking around the house for a week, during which time I had to keep making sure the boy didn't make off with it like he had with other Jeffrey Brown titles, and then mailed it off. I want that book so bad
, he would say to me. You have to get me a copy right now
. I've been doing the parental yeah, yeah
for, like, eight months. I'll get it from the library for you, and also, get your feet off the couch, now.
So finally, after I kenned on the fact that there was a sequel, I sucked it up and ordered both. Both kids are ridiculous about [b:Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations|79841|Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations|Jeffrey Brown|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327936264s/79841.jpg|77096], constantly holding up the book and reading out the "dialogue": pat pat pat pat Misty!
Both arrived today before they came home from day camp, and I tossed them at the boy when he'd ensconced himself on the couch to watch some fact or fiction show on tv. His little freckled face lit up. You're welcome, I said, and pointed at him, like you do.
Sure, [b:Vader's Little Princess|15852522|Vader's Little Princess|Jeffrey Brown|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1356174855s/15852522.jpg|21600229] is more of the same, and sure, maybe it looks like a cash-in, but Jeffrey Brown totally rules in the strangling nostalgia observational heart-based Gen Xer exasperated parent and child thing, and god bless him for it every minute of bedtime. It makes me a little bleary to have both kids hassle me trying to read out these books as I shove toothbrushes at them and order them to bed. I love that the girl has a Jeffrey Brown book too. They are both asleep with these titles at the moment, and that is a parenting win all around.