A Happy Ending for Bowie's Major Tom?

09/02/2011
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(Rock News Desk) My mum and dad knew it was coming, and they were waiting. They sat in the front room with their parental concern while I lay in bed with the last pages of Charlotte's Web in front of me not suspecting what was about to happen to my young world.

Charlotte died. I howled. Mum and dad were there for me. And I've never forgotten that moment. If there's any justice in this older world, a generation of kids will read Andrew Kolb's picture book based on David Bowie's classic track Space Oddity and never forget the moment they see Major Tom sitting in his dying spacecraft realising he'll never see his wife again.

Visual communicator Kolb accepts it's "not the cheeriest of narratives" for a children's book, although he loves the comparison with Charlotte's Web. "While it's always said that kids grow up fast, I also think we try not to let them grow up," says Kolb, who released Space Oddity as a free download on his website, although sadly he's withdrawn it over copyright doubts. more on this story

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