Macmillan Children’s Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of the first children’s book by Pan Macmillan author Commander Chris Hadfield.
The Darkest Dark, about a boy who confronts his fear of the dark, is inspired by Chris’ own experience watching the first moon landing as a child and developing a passion for Space that led him to become the most-loved astronaut of our time.
World rights to the book, excluding North America English and Canada French, were sold to Belinda Rasmussen at Macmillan Children's Books UK. The deal was arranged by Ron Eckel of The Cooke Agency International on behalf of Rick Broadhead & Associates, which represents Chris Hadfield. The book will be published by Tundra Books/Penguin Random House Canada and Little, Brown Children’s in the US.
The Darkest Dark will be published in hardback on 22 September 2016, followed by a paperback in spring 2017. Chris collaborated with writer Kate Fillion on the book, which will be illustrated by The Fan Brothers, the Toronto-based artists Terry and Eric Fan, represented by Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions. Chris will be in the UK from 7 -11 October 2016 to promote The Darkest Dark. His visit includes an appearance at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival.
“After 25 years of speaking in schools and working with children, I am extremely proud to be able to create this book,” said Chris Hadfield. “The Darkest Dark addresses one of our most basic and common fears, brought visually to life with fine, distinctive style by The Fan Brothers. Pursuing the hopes and overcoming the worries of childhood are such key parts of growing up, and help determine how high we eventually may travel. Having seen our world thousands of times from orbit, I am so delighted that the ideas and images of The Darkest Dark will be available to all, most especially our younger kids.”
Belinda Rasmussen, Publisher, Macmillan Children’s Books, comments: “We are super-galactically excited about publishingThe Darkest Dark, adding to the list of Chris’s best-selling books on the wider Pan Macmillan list. This is a fantastic opportunity for Chris to inspire an even broader audience of families and children in the UK and beyond.”
Chris will take part in the BBC Two Stargazing Live broadcast from the Science Museum, London, as British astronaut Tim Peake launches to the International Space Station on 15thDecember.
Chris is back in the UK and Ireland for a one-man speaking tour in January 2016, in association with Unique Lives, with events taking place in Oxford (18th), Birmingham (19th), Edinburgh (21st) and Dublin (24th).
Photo © Max Rosenstein