Yesterday, my 6-year old comes home from school with one of those catalogs from Scholastic they hand out on occasion, from which the kids can order books and the school gets a cut of the deal to fund various things. We try to support it whenever the catalogs come around because, as I say, the school benefits from the purchases, and HEY! BOOKS! Can’t get enough of those, right?
For those who’ve not seen the catalogs, the selections run the gamut from educational to just silly fun, and we always try to strike a balance when letting Addy make her selections.
So, I’m checking through the catalog this morning when I come across this:
Holy crap. I can’t stop laughing.
As I did with the greatest Star Wars book ever, I love when something whimsical or just plain goofy comes along for a beloved property. Much like the super hero franchises, Star Wars definitely has a handle on finding ways to appeal not just to hardcore fans but also presenting lighter, cheekier fare for casual followers or even just people like me: longtime fans who don’t take it all too seriously, and/or who like watching the more intransigent among us squirm, squeal, and scream whenever the object of their devotion is “desecrated” in such fashion.
I liken this bit of harmless fun to stuff like Marvel’s Super Hero Squad, or DC’s Superman Family Adventures, or JL8, a wonderful web comic written and illustrated by Yale Stewart, who presents the members of the Justice League as if they all had been children together in elementary school. If you’re a fan of comics and you haven’t yet seen this, definitely check it out. You’ll, chuckle, you’ll belly laugh, and once in a while you might even get a little choked up.
Damn, but I wish Star Trek could do stuff like this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When I was a kid, Star Trek was fun. I’d do a Star Trek kids book in a heartbeat if ever opportunity presented itself. My own kids would probably get a huge kick out of that. Of course, now they also like Star Wars, Power Rangers, and various super heroes, too.
As for the “Very Vader” Valentine’s Day cards? Addy wants a box, of course. Hey! How’d that second box get added to the order form?