Books, books everywhere!
I was fortunate enough to receive the most amazing book drop from Pan Macmillan the other day, with a selection of books on space and dinosaurs (do you think they picked up on my kids obsessions by any chance?). One of the best books in that package however was without a doubt The Darkest Dark, by Commander Chris Hadfield, who in case you didn’t know is an actual astronaut. He’s the author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and this is his debut children’s book.
My eldest son is space obsessed, so it was nice to see him actually relate to the little boy in the book (also Chris, I wonder where that came from…) Chris is all about saving the world from aliens, but at night the darkness is something he is really afraid of. After watching man land on the moon, he realises that the darkness of space is much darker than the darkness in his bedroom. He realises that the discovery of the unknown is just as exciting.
The book is inspired by Chris’s decision to become an astronaut after seeing the Apollo 11 moon landing when he was a child.
“The Darkest Dark is about facing your fears and following your dreams” (Pan Macmillan website)
Not only is the story absolutely lovely for children, without being sentimental in any way, but the artwork is likewise beautiful and inspiring.
I can’t recommend this book enough, especially if you have a child who loves space as much as mine!
Also check out the video below, with music composed by Chris Hadfield as well – a multitalented guy!