From Wired Magazine: illustrator Andrew Kolb has turned David Bowie’s classic 1969 track “Space Oddity” into a children’s book.
That’s right, the super-depressing song about an astronaut awaiting his impending death as he orbits earth in his “tin can.”
“Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows.”
You can see the book in its entirety here.
I was a teenager before I heard this song, and it still gave me nightmares. My wife and I recently watched the movie “Space Cowboys,” which (spoiler alert!) ends with Tommy Lee Jones saving humanity by floating off into space, strapped to a nuclear warhead. I told Whitney the ending reminded me of “Space Oddity,” a song she’d heard but never really listened to. I cued up the mp3 and she almost cried.
Why would you read this to your kids? It’s not like there’s a lesson to be learned here…unless you’re the type that hates astronauts and thinks space exploration is a waste of money. But somehow I doubt that type of person listens to David Bowie.