The Darkest Dark

Written by Chris Hadfield

Illustrated by The Fan Brothers

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Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the special moment in his childhood that sparked his fascination with space and started the journey that has so far taken him to the International Space Station three times. As a little boy in Canada he played at being an astronaut but was frightened of the dark. Staying up late to watch the Apollo Moon Landing he suddenly realised that outer space, the darkest dark there is, is full of power and beauty. From that moment on the dark was no longer frightening, but a place of dreams and possibilities. The artwork takes us from his home to the moon and beyond in strikingly beautiful atmospheric spreads, and it’s a book to inspire children with the wonder of space and all the opportunities life holds for them. ~ Andrea Reece

The Darkest Dark Synopsis

The Darkest Dark is the debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield, international bestselling author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, with spectacular illustrations by illustration team, The Fan Brothers. Inspired by Chris's decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age nine, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.

Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first televised moon landing, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he's used to. It's the darkest dark ever, and he realises that the unknown can be ...exciting!

The Darkest Dark Press Reviews

The artwork takes us from his home to the moon and beyond in strikingly beautiful atmospheric spreads, and it's a book to inspire children with the wonder of space and all the opportunities life holds for them. LoveReading4Kids

A wonderfully warm and exciting picture book... With spectacular colour illustrations by top team, The Fan Brothers, this gorgeous picture book offers both reassurance and a thrilling ride through space. Lancashire Evening Post

A pitch-perfect, heart-warming story about facing fears and following dreams. Mostly Books

Based on the author's own experiences, and beautifully illustrated, this is an inspiring story about facing up to fear and following your dreams. Parents in Touch

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509824090
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509824083
Publication date: 22/09/2016
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509824090
Publication date: 1st June 2017
Author: Chris Hadfield
Illustrator: The Fan Brothers
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, UKLA 2018

About Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is one of the world's most seasoned and accomplished astronauts, and is the author of the number one international bestseller, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for twenty-five Shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia, Chief of Robotics for the NASA Astronaut Office ...

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