Welcome to your childhood, with some adult panache! Robb Pearlman sends up the very best of Star Trek (and its worst as well) in the new hootfest of a Star Trek parody book that is "Fun with Kirk and Spock."
REVIEW: Star Trek: Fun with Kirk and Spock
On the very first page of the new parody book "Star Trek: Fun With Kirk and Spock," the reader is teased with a glorious image of the Starship Enterprise, and some otherwise very basic, kiddie book text. Don’t be deceived, what follows is master comedy on an interplanetary scale. Oh yes, poor redshirts get to take their fair share, but can you imagine comedy centering on the likes of Gorgon or Abraham Lincoln? All this, and more, is present, tended to by the art of Gary Shipman.
Shipman’s stylistic approach is unique and definitely draws the reader in quickly. Sure, there are some continuity glitches with little bits of the art (the cover features Spock in Lieutenant Commander’s stripes and Kirk with the braid of a Commander; another page mentions a Klingon science office on the Enterprise bridge, an apparent reference to Mara from "Day of the Dove" but depicts Kang instead) but they are easily overlooked because the quality of the prose is just way too much fun to care.
Fans of Classic Trek will instantly fall in love with this book… it’s the perfect love letter to the series. That said, while the back cover mentions "cadets of all ages" as the target for the volume, some of the text is a bit beyond what I am ready to discuss with my children (ages 4, 2, and newborn). Adult fans who are introducing their younger children to a limited diet of Trek may wish to review the book first before deciding if they want to share the book with their kids. Personally, I’d probably wait until my oldest was about eight before I let her read the book… but that’s based on my own biases of what my children are ready for. Your experience, of course, may differ. I don’t want to explain the moral message of "And The Children Shall Lead" to her just yet; in parody or episodic form!
For me, as an adult fan, this book was one laugh after another… I read through it three separate times the day my review copy arrived, and it had me in stitches each time. Even yesterday, reading it at lunch, I had to shut my office door… perhaps I’m just nostalgic for my old tube TV and the nightly 5 PM Trek rerun on local TV, but this is quite simply the funniest and most authentic send-up of Trek I have seen… ever! And that, at least to me, is definitely a good thing.
Now, when is the Next Generation version coming out…
"Star Trek: Fun with Kirk and Spock"
Written by Robb Pearlman, Illustrated by Gary Shipman
Hardcover: 64 Pages (also e-Book)
Publisher: Cider Mill Press
Available: July 29, 2014
List Price: $14.95 (pre-order at Amazon currently discounted to $9.95)
For the littlest Trekkies
If you did want a book for the littlest of Trekkies, you could check out the 2011 book "Star Trek Book of Opposites" from Quick Books. Available from Amazon for just $7.95 the picture book has an age range of "baby and up."
cover and sample page from "Star Trek Book Of Opposites"