The Darkest Dark

9780316394727“Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield”– Provided by publisher.

A picture book by a celebrity author about being afraid of the dark. Remember Mother Reader’s BACA posts? (Bloggers Against Celebrity Authors)? Those were the days. So yes, I was all ready to dismiss this out of hand even though Chris Hadfield is awesome. Especially those amazing Youtube videos he posted when he was on the International Space Station!

And then the art is by The Fan Brothers! The same brothers I just said came out of nowhere in my very last post! Well they did it again, nailing the exact right tone for this wonderful book.

An astronaut that was afraid of the dark? Sounds too good to be true but it is told in such a humane and realistic way I don’t doubt it. And it references the Apollo moon landing! And a time when not everyone had TVs! And it has a heartwarming message about dreaming big that doesn’t sound fake and sappy. Don’t ask me how they did it but they did it.

Another great Georgia Picture Book Nominee for 2017-18.