Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield endeared himself to the nation with his zero-g cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" (as well as many other interesting space-based videos from his time as commender of the International Space Station). Since returning to terra firma, Hadfield has turned his hand to writing, releasing You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, a visual essay of the earth from space, and An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
Now, with Kate Fillion, he's written his first children's book, The Darkest Dark (Tundra Books). Gorgeously illustrated by the Fan Brothers (Terry and Eric Fan), the picture book is inspired by Hadfield's childhood fear of the dark. When young Hadfield realized the darkest dark of all was space, however, how his dream to be an astronaut, combined with seeing the historical moon landing on television, inspired him to think of the dark as less scary and more exciting.
Check out the charming trailer for The Darkest Dark to get a taste of both Hadfield's storytelling and the Fan Brothers unforgettable illustrations.