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The Darkest Dark
By (author): Chris Hadfield Illustrated by: Eric Fan Illustrated by: Terry Fan By (author): Kate Fillion
9781101918623 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Technology Sep 10, 2016
$22.99 CAD
Active 10.31 x 10.38 x 0.46 in 48 pages FULL-COLOUR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
 
Blue Spruce Award 2018, Nominated IODE Jean Throop Book Award 2017, Winner Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2017, Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz ChildrenÂ’s Book Awards 2017, Short-listed Shining Willow Award 2017, Short-listed UKLA Book Award 2018, Short-listed
Chris Hadfield’s debut children’s book, inspired by his childhood decision to become an astronaut. A beautifully illustrated, universal story about a boy who transitions from being afraid of the dark to wanting to explore every corner of the universe.

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 in the darkness that comes before sleep, the worst sorts of aliens appear. These aliens plague Chris—and his dog—every night at bedtime. But when Chris watches the first televised lunar landing, he realizes that there’s a dark out in space that’s much darker than what he’s used to, the darkest dark ever, and he discovers that the unknown can be…exciting! A debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield with spectacular illustrations by a brilliant new illustration team, The Fan Brothers, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.

CHRIS HADFIELD is one of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished astronauts, and is the author of the #1 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 25 Shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia, Chief of Robotics for the NASA Astronaut Office in Houston, and Chief of International Space Station Operations. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” has received more than 30 million views online. His TED talk, delivered in March 2014, has been viewed almost four million times. Follow Chris Hadfield at @Cmdr_Hadfield. This is his first picture book.

THE FAN BROTHERS received their formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Their work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. The Night Gardener is their critically acclaimed debut picture book. TERRY spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits and prints. ERIC has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions and impossible dreams. Visit them online at http://www.thefanbrothers.com/, at Society 6 and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration, Eric Fan Illustration).

Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario

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Author Social Media: Follow Chris Hadfield at @Cmdr_Hadfield.

SELECTION 2016 - Junior Library Guild Selection

SELECTION 2018 – BookRiot 50 Must-Read Canadian Children’s and YA Books


PRAISE FOR The Darkest Dark:

"The Fan brothers (The Night Gardener) switch easily between fantasy elements and documentary images. . . . The idea that a famous astronaut was once afraid of the dark may win some recalcitrant bed-goers’ hearts, and readers with dreams of space travel will jump at this." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

"Canadian astronaut Hadfield’s uplifting tale about facing one’s fears and finding strength and comfort in one’s dreams is eloquently illustrated by the Fan Brothers’ lustrous paintings." --School Library Journal

"The Fans’ whimsical illustrations of nighttime scenes, in a dusky twilight palette, help illustrate Chris’ fears as well as his excitement about the boundless possibilities of exploration in the dark. A warm and empowering story of triumph over fears." --Booklist

"The Darkest Dark soars as an inspiration for children trying to overcome a fear as well as dreamers wondering if they will triumph. Of course, the lesson here is ageless." --The Observer

"The Darkest Dark is the perfect picture book for soothing night time fears, as well as for encouraging children to reach for their dreams. As Chris Hadfield demonstrates with aplomb, dreams 'actually can come true.'" --Children's Book Review

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