The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Thursday, September 1, 2011

More than 40 years after it was first released, David Bowie's classic 1969 rock epic Space Oddity has been re-imagined visually. Canadian illustrator Andrew Kolb has taken the lyrics and atmosphere of Bowie's song and brilliantly rendered it in the format of a children's book. Like most good nursery rhymes, the storybook has a dark ending, reflected in the bleak end met by main character Major Tom. Faithful to the original, Kolb's version riffs on late '60s colours and styles and offers young parents a great new way to indoctrinate their kids into the Bowie catalogue.

Though the book is not available in hardcopy (yet!), it can be downloaded for free using this link.

"Space Oddity"
Written by David Bowie & Illustrated by Andrew Kolb.

Images from the book after the jump:

By Randy Gladman for The Ministry of Artistic Affairs.