Published by Little, Brown, and Company
Summary: Chris loves pretending he’s an astronaut, but when the sun sets, he has a problem. He’s scared of the dark and refuses to go to sleep in his own bed. Finally, his father issues an ultimatum: if Chris doesn’t go to sleep, they’ll all be too tired to go next door the next day. That does the trick. Chris falls asleep and dreams his favorite dream, about landing on the moon. And the next day, watching on the only TV on the island where his family spends the summer, Chris sees the first man walk on the moon. He realizes that the darkest dark is in outer space. And he knows that he wants to explore that darkness, and that he won’t be alone, because his dreams will be with him. An author’s note tells how Chris grew up to be one of the first Canadians in space and the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. Also included is a montage of photos of Chris Hadfield as a child and an adult, and a message from him about following your dreams. 48 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A book about overcoming your fears and following your dreams, particularly inspiring because it’s about a real person. Brothers Eric and Terry Fan beautifully capture both the dark and the brilliant summer moon.
Cons: Kids may not snap out of their fears of the dark quite as quickly as Chris does.