Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Are You Scared, Darth Vader? blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm really happy to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Author: Adam Rex
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 48
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

It's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't 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! 



I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. 

We loved this! I say we because we read this one as a family. My husband and I both love Star Wars, so we decided to read it together with the kids. I played the role of the narrator, and he attempted to impersonate Darth Vader (it was awesome and hilarious). Rex makes the reader feel like an integral part of the story, and our son enjoyed feeling included. He had to ask us at one point if we were really talking to him, and our confirmation only boosted his enjoyment.

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? is a wonderful book for children. It's also the perfect time of the year for a spooky Star Wars story! It was fun to see Darth Vader out of his element and interacting with creatures in a non-violent way.

The illustrations were amazing, and the story exceeded my expectations. There were a few unexpected twists, and I love that a children's book was able to surprise me! Adam Rex has taken a movie beloved by many, and added humor to a dark character. I highly recommend this one, because I think it's something both adults and children will enjoy. Also, you don't have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the humor. It's just fun to read!

 About Adam:

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.

Sneak Peak:

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ARE YOU SCARED, DARTH VADER?, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
10/22/2018- YA Books Central- Review
10/23/2018- Oh Hey! Books.- Excerpt
10/24/2018- BookHounds YA- Excerpt
10/25/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review
10/26/2018- What A Nerd Girl Says- Review

Week Two: 

10/29/2018- Eli to the nth- Review
10/30/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
10/31/2018- Such A Novel Idea- Review
11/1/2018- Novel Novice- Review
11/2/2018- Two Points of Interest- Review


  1. I love the idea and the title. It sounds so much fun

  2. This sounds kind of fun! Love that it has beautiful illustrations too!

    1. There's a nice little twist in the middle, and the ending was brilliant! A lot happens in a few pages. <3

  3. What a strange idea for a story. Sounds funny though.

    1. It was pretty perfect! It was also incredibly funny, even though Vader wasn't trying to be. :)

  4. What a great concept for a story! And I love that you read it as a family - complete with voices. :) What fun!

    1. We almost always do voices when we read! I hardly notice I'm doing it anymore -- it's just more fun that way! <3

  5. This looks like such fun! Wish it had been around when my kids were little

    1. We're planning on giving copies as gifts this year. We love buying books for family members and their kids. :)

  6. Maybe if my little brother was a bit older, but at 5 he's still not into star wars yet (sadly)

    1. It was still a fun book! You don't have to be familiar with Star Wars to enjoy the story. The author actually speaks to the reader, which made our son feel like he was a part of the story. <3

  7. I have this one waiting for me at the library!! I cannot wait to go pick it up! Thanks for the rec!! :)


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