Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.
Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problemat night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there isand the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
About the Author
Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May 2013, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for five months (his third mission). Chris frequently speaks to audiences throughout the US and Canada about space exploration and science education.
Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. Together with his brother Eric, he wrote and illustrated the critically-acclaimed picture book, The Night Gardener.
Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. His widely-praised debut picture book, The Night Gardener, was a collaboration with his brother Terry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fun book, great illustrations, and written by/about an astronaut. What more could you want? This was a fun read, even as an adult. I was curious if it would be the sort of book that would make kids who weren't already afraid of the dark afraid of the dark, but it's definitely not. The "aliens" are fun looking and Chris' fear of the dark is treated in a fairly light-hearted manner in a way that I think would have help "scared of the dark" me as a kid, replacing fear with the excitement of possibilities. What I love most though is that it gives kids an idea of what seeing man walk on the moon for the first time felt like. I wasn't born yet when it happened, but I felt like I was transported back in time for the event.