The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

“The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield
Publication date: September 10, 2016
Publisher: Tundra
Pages: 48
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Who hasn’t fallen in complete adoration of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield when he began sharing images and videos on social media from…space? He gained popularity in 2013 by taking pictures of Earth as seen from his space station and chronicling his journey during Expedition 35. Not only is he a respectable space hero, but he’s also a talented musician and author of three books. One of them is “The Darkest Dark.”

This children’s book tells the story of a little boy named Chris who lives on Stag Island, Ontario, with his parents and the most adorable pug (as seen from the illustrations). He goes on imaginary missions into space with his furry best friend and dreams of becoming an astronaut one day. As brave and adventurous that he is, when night comes, he’s afraid of the aliens that emerge from the shadows in his bedroom. Did Chris conquer his fears?

One thing that I love about children’s books is that they tell meaningful stories in only a few pages. And of course, having beautiful illustrations to complement the story is a bonus. “The Darkest Dark” is about achieving our dreams and to find courage to surpass any obstacles that come in our way. It’s inspiring to young children as well as the grownups that read the story to them. I absolutely recommend having this book in any children’s personal library, both boys and girls! Who knows, maybe they will become the next great space explorer.

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