The Darkest Dark – by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion and illustrated by the Fan Brothers

61quqiie2jl The Darkest Dark – by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion and illustrated by the Fan Brothers, Little Brown and Company, 9780316394727, 2016

Format: hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is an excellent or starred review) 4

Genre:  Fiction

What did you like about the book? A little boy overcomes his fear of the dark by marveling at the vastness of the universe. This is a book that is inspired by the real life story of Chris Hadfield, an astronaut. It tells the story of a little boy who keeps his parents up at night because he is so afraid of the dark. When Chris’s father threatens to forbid him from going next door the following day, Chris pulls it together and makes it through the night. The special event that was happening next door was that the neighborhood was watching the moon landing on TV. Once Chris realized the vastness of the universe and realized how dark it was, he no longer had his fear of the night. Because he was so interested in stars and the moon, he realized he had to embrace the dark in order to study it. The final page gives an account of the astronaut Chris Hadfield’s life and his adventures in space.


Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This book is perfect for children who aspire to be an astronaut. The childhood account of Chris Hadfield makes children realize that almost any dream is possible.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries with children’s rooms.

Where would you shelve it ? picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 20, 2017


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