The Darkest Dark

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Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first televised moon landing, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he's used to. It's the darkest dark ever, and he realises that the unknown can be . . . exciting!

The Darkest Dark is the debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield, international bestselling author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, with spectacular illustrations by illustration team, The Fan Brothers. Inspired by Chris's decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age nine, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.

A splendid story for soothing night fears, fostering future explorers, and teaching children that not even the sky's the limit when it comes to dreaming big.
School Library Journal

About Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Colonel Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001–2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003–2006, and Chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006–2008. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero gravity version of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ received over 10 million views in its first three days online. Chris Hadfield’s book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, sees his lessons learnt in space applied to life on Earth.

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Books by Chris Hadfield

You Are Here
You Are Here
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Upcoming events

Chris Hadfield at Bath Children's Literature Festival

Chris Hadfield at Bath Children's Literature Festival

The Forum

The Forum
The Forum 1A Forum Buildings Bath , BA1 1UG

10:00 on 08 October 2016 - 11:00 on 08 October 2016

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield launches his new picture book, The Darkest Dark, at The Bath Children's Literature Festival. " "As a child, Chris was keen to become an astronaut, but really wasn't sure what he felt about night time and being in the dark. In this unique event for families, Chris will talk about how he overcame his fears to eventually become Commander of the International Space Station, from where he entertained and educated us all with his regular news and amazing photographs of Earth - and his spine-tingling zero-gravity rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity. With the right start, you really can make your wildest dreams come true.

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Chris Hadfield at Rossiter Books, Monmouth

Chris Hadfield at Rossiter Books, Monmouth

Rossiter Bookshop Monmouth

Rossiter Bookshop Monmouth
Rossiter Books 5 Church Street Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 3BX UNITED KINGDOM

15:30 on 08 October 2016 - 17:00 on 08 October 2016

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The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield Book Signing " "Rossiter Books are thrilled to be welcoming Commander Chris Hadfield back to Monmouth. Chris will be signing copies of his books including his newly published debut children's book, The Darkest Dark. Come along to meet a truly inspiring man. " " " "To enter the queue to meet Chris and get a book signed, the book must be purchased at the shop on the day, (or show a valid, recent Rossiter Books receipt).

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Chris Hadfield at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Chris Hadfield at Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Forum

The Times Forum
The Times Forum Montpellier Gardens Cheltenham ,

11:15 on 09 October 2016 - 12:15 on 09 October 2016

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield launches his new picture book, The Darkest Dark, at this unique and inspiring family event. As a child, Chris was keen to become an astronaut, but was uncertain about night time and the dark. Find out how Chris overcame his fears and became Commander of the International Space Station, entertaining and educating us with news, amazing photographs of Earth and his spine-tingling zero-gravity rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity. With the right start, you really can make your wildest dreams come true.

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Chris Hadfield at Blackwell's Oxford

Chris Hadfield at Blackwell's Oxford

Blackwell's Oxford

Blackwell's Oxford
51 Broad St Oxford, OX1 3BQ UNITED KINGDOM

15:30 on 09 October 2016 - 18:00 on 09 October 2016

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Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Commander Chris Hadfield The Darkest Dark " "Blackwell's is delighted to welcome back Commander Chris Hadfield for a book signing of his first book for children, The Darkest Dark. " "Inspired by Commander Hadfield's childhood watching of the first moon landing, The Darkest Dark follows a young boy who plays at being an alien-fighting astronaut, but at night is not so brave when darkness falls. However, he learns that space is even darker than his bedroom at night, and not scary but fascinating and exciting. " "This event is free to attend. Please register by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk, or coming to the customer services desk in the Norrington Room. " "Owing to Sunday trading laws, all book purchases must be made before 5pm, but the signing will go on until 6pm. Commander Hadfield will be signing The Darkest Dark, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, and You are Here. Please note no memorabilia is to be signed at this event. " "For more information please call 01865 333623.

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Chris Hadfield at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Chris Hadfield at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

Foyles Charing Cross

Foyles Charing Cross
107 Charing Cross Road London , WC2H 0DT UNITED KINGDOM

12:30 on 10 October 2016 - 14:00 on 10 October 2016

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Chris Hadfield: Lunchtime Signing " "You won't want to miss your chance to meet Chris Hadfield on his latest expedition to London at this exclusive Foyles event. " "Commander Hadfield was the first Canadian Astronaut to perform a space walk, he's orbited the Earth thousands of times on three separate missions and he's even paid tribute to David Bowie in zero gravity. In total he's spent 166 days in space but for his latest adventure he's been working on something a little different. " "The Darkest Dark is Chris Hadfield's first children's book. Heart-warming and imaginative, this is the story of a boy who faced his fears and went on to reach the stars. " "Chris Hadfield will be joining us at Foyles to sign copies of his latest book as well as previous titles, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. " "By booking your place for this lunchtime signing, you will be automatically entered into a competition to win signed copies of all three of Chris' books, valued at £35.00. Chris will randomly select the winner on the day. " "This event starts at 12:30pm, please arrive on time and join the signing queue. " "Venue: The Auditorium, Foyles, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT " "Tickets: This is a free event. Simply add the required number of tickets below to your basket.

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