A future astronaut, afraid of the dark? So begins the origin story of best-selling author Chris Hadfield. Young Chris loves rockets and planets and is fascinated by everything out there to be discovered, but he can't stop fears from creeping in as he imagines deep space, the absolute darkest dark there is. Only when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV does he realize that sometimes the unknown can be... exciting!
An amazing storyteller and speaker, Chris Hadfield has enchanted thousands upon thousands of people with the same "science is awesome" message that appeals to fans of "The Martian." Chris is fantastic with a young audience, inspiring kids to reach for the stars (maybe literally!).
The story is brought to life by illustrators Eric and Terry Fan, whose dreamy, evocative artwork is the perfect match for this inspiring tale. This winning team will encourage many young readers to overcome their fears and follow their dreams.
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."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth:
"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe."
--- New York Post
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.