When not on the road with his bands, blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves frontman Tom DeLonge always made time to read to his children, Ava and Jonas. Now the punk-rock papa shares some of his story time with the world, through the release of his first children’s book The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve. This book, written by DeLonge, is a story for the young and the young-at-heart alike. Illustrated by Mike Henry, The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve is a tale of a rocketeer alone on the moon on a cold Christmas night and the gift he receives from a few unexpected (and extraterrestrial) friends. To celebrate the spirit of the holiday season, DeLonge and Henry announce a charity auction to benefit San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital at CharityBuzz.com.
Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation uses donations to help fund life-saving technology and research, support the new Acute Care Pavilion, which provides a safety net for children with little or no private medical insurance and create a healing environment designed to enrich the experience of patients and their families.
With a pre-sale set for Monday, Nov. 25th, The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve will be available exclusively as a special, limited-edition “Lonely Astronaut Christmas Package” at AngelsAndAirwaves.com. Available for $50 to the first 1000 customers, the package contains: a hardcover, first edition of the book, including a certificate of authenticity signed by DeLonge; one digital version of the book for iPad, Nook or Kindle (delivered on release date); one “Lonely Astronaut” clear acrylic etched ornament; and a limited-edition T-shirt. Premium shipping is available to guarantee delivery by Dec. 25th.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 25th, fans can visit www.CharityBuzz.com to bid on a package containing: the complete 22 pages of signed original art from the book, a DeLonge signed guitar and a meet and greet with DeLonge in his San Diego studio (travel/hotel not included but alternate plans can be arranged for those unable to travel to San Diego). The auction will close on Friday, Dec. 13th.