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The Darkest Dark: Glow-in-the-Dark Cover Edition Paperback – Picture Book, Oct. 9 2018
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Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at 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 is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
From the Publisher
Glows in the dark!
Now available as a special glow-in-the-dark paperback!
A universal story that encourages children to face their fears and follow their dreams.
Inspired by a national hero
The story is inspired by Chris Hadfield's decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age 9.
Includes a note from the author
A note to readers is included at the back of the book along with photos and information about Chris.
SELECTION 2018 – BookRiot 50 Must-Read Canadian Children’s and YA Books
One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2019)
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
About the Author
Kate Fillion is a bestselling author and journalist who lives in Irvington, New York.
Terry Fanreceived 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.
- Publisher : Tundra Books (Oct. 9 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 44 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735264821
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735264823
- Item weight : 369 g
- Dimensions : 25.73 x 0.48 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you love children's books this one is for you. Instantly a favourite.
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It is a truly beautiful, inspiring story that left me with a tear in my eye and a warm fuzzy feeling of determination that I must do whatever I can to ensure that my own children will also reach for the stars.
I bought a second copy from Amazon to present to my daughter's nursery on World Book Day, to help inspire all her friends to great things.
I have already read it to him a few times and he seems to really enjoy it.
The message of the book is very noble and encouraging, In fact i wish I had this book when I was growing up!