No relation to sleep-deprived parents wanting their tots to go the f**k to sleep, but it is a children’s book, too – an adaptation of David Bowie’s, “Space Oddity”.

 

This not-yet-published book has become a viral sensation through a free downloadable pdf released on August 27  by its illustrator, Andrew Kolb. David Zax of Fast Company writes:

The 25-year-old Canadian illustrator wanted to break into children’s literature, so he had designed a picture book to go along with a favorite song: David Bowie’s melancholy classic, “Space Oddity.” Ten days, some 61,000 mentions, and one cease-and-desist notice later, Kolb has learned a lot about publishing in the age of the internet–and may just have launched the career he dreamed of.

Bowie’s song is about an astronaut named Major Tom who encounters some problems in his “tin can” (spaceship) and fails to go home; thus floating endlessly in space. (Note: BBC used the song as theme music for its coverage of Apollo moon landing.) Stuff that might give nightmares to kids, we know. But the wonderfully-illustrated book succeeds in depicting this unlikely ending in a very wholesome way.

Since text from the book is largely Bowie’s lyrics, the music company who owns the rights are not very pleased. Kolb had to take out everything explicit from Bowie’s song.

Kolb is a talented artist, check out more of his work on his site, kolbisneat.com. There is one glitch though, he has no publisher. He hopes that putting his work out there, will draw in audience demand and the eye of print publishers. His strategy seems to be working, a major Canadian publisher has expressed interest to work with him.

 

 

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go

Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows
Ground control to major Tom, your circuits dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you…
Here am I sitting in my tin can far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do