Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploiring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Every night when his parents turn off the light, strange creatures descend from the black space where the ceiling used to be . . . First comes one, then another, and then more and more. They stand all around him, staring, not saying a word. And then, worst of all, comes the dark, shapeless one that tells him, “I am what’s there before there is anything there . . .”
Describes the efforts a mother goes through to help her young son, Marc, when he is too afraid to go to sleep.
“I don’t like the night,” Baby Badger whispered. Papa Badger took him by the hand. “There’s no need to be frightened,” he said. “The night is wonderful. Let me show you.” Baby Badger is afraid of the night. It’s dark and lonely. But Papa Badger promises there is nothing to fear. Together they take a nighttime walk, and Papa shows Baby the beautiful colors and shining stars, and just how magical the world becomes when the sun goes down.
Their inattentiveness strands a little mouse and a little cat in the meadow after dark, where their fear turns into a wonderful discovery, in a fable that confronts children’s fear of the dark.