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The Darkest Dark: Glow-in-the-Dark Cover Edition Paperback – Picture Book, Oct. 9 2018

4.8 4.8 out of 5 stars 950 ratings

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Glows in the dark!

Now available as a special glow-in-the-dark paperback!

Inspiring message

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.

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SELECTION 2016 - Junior Library Guild Selection

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

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. This is his first picture book.

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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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