The Darkest Dark
Written by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion; illustrated by the Fan Brothers
Chris spends his days pretending to be an astronaut. With his trusty four‑legged sidekick Albert, he fights aliens—with Albert standing in for the aliens—and plans trips to Mars. Chris is so busy being an astronaut that he has no time to sleep, at least not in his own bed, because his room is where the aliens creep in in the dark, and non‑Albert aliens are scary (but not the dark). However, tonight, Chris must go to sleep because tomorrow is an important day, and if he is too tired, he will not be able to stay awake for it. After he braves the dark, alien‑infested room long enough to fall asleep, Chris dreams of a trip to the moon. The next day, his entire family goes over to the neighbors to watch the moon landing on television. Chris notices that space is a dark place, darker than his room. Moreover, if he wants to get there for real someday, he will have to overcome his fear.
Real‑life astronaut Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion team up to tell how Chris first began to dream about going to outer space and getting ready to go there. His author’s note explains about all of the classes and training he went through to get there, but the first step was getting over his fear of the dark. The Fan Brothers’ illustrations of the earthbound storyline are soft, and several have round, faded edges and backgrounds. The pages depicting outer space provide a rich, dark background to the action of either Chris or the moon landing.Check Availability