A beautifully illustrated picture book that explains the origins of Chris Hadfield's interest in space. Also serves as a great read for those youngsters who may be afraid of the dark -- who may never have considered the dark being so full of wonderment and possibility in a positive way.
My little guy got this for Christmas from his grandparents, and it's so lovely. It's a quiet, true tale of a young boy who's afraid of the dark and longs to be an astronaut; after witnessing the moon landing on a tv one summer night in cottage country, his life changes.
The story is cute (and possibly therapeutic for sleep-deprived parents), but the illustrations are what really make this gem. Adorably spooky aliens lurk in a dreamy twinkling twilight, and dreams are vividly rendered. My son savours each page. Highly recommended to any picture book-aged kids, and especially to those who love space or are scared of the dark.
Interesting story about the dark (fabulous realistic illustrations-love the pug!) has a twist at the end when the main character watches the moon landing - this picture book is suddenly historical fiction! Wait it's actually suddenly a biography about Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who uses the vast darkness of outer space to overcome the more manageable darkness of his bedroom. Cool book.
Really neat picture book, especially because it was written by a Canadian astronaut remembering his childhood. Lovely illustrations.
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