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Of Course Lauren Sanchez Is Writing a Children’s Book About Space

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Nearly three years later, the fallout from Jeff Bezos’ 11-minute trip to space continues. Little did we know, when Bezos boarded his phallic rocket and blasted himself off of Earth’s surface, he was also marking a watershed moment in his alive girl’s creative process. And now, Bezos’ fiancée, Lauren Sánchez, is publishing a book about a bug who goes to space.

Sánchez, who first announced her book in early 2023, revealed the cover this week and offered some insight into how this publication came to be. “I’ve had this idea for a long time,” she told People, the idea being a children’s book about a fly traveling in an airborne vehicle. Originally, she says, she wanted to pen a story about a fly trapped in a helicopter, inspired by that one time when she was getting her piloting license and she saw a fly in a helicopter. She described her reaction as such: “Oh, look at this little fly … who’s flying.’” She also thought, Wouldn’t this be a great children’s book?

But, as is wont to happen when you date a spacebound billionaire, Sánchez realized a few years later that, like her boyfriend, the fictional bug in her head should soar beyond the confines of Earth’s exosphere. “When Jeff went into space,” she recalled, “I was like, ‘This fly needs to go into space.’”

The result is an illustrated saga that follows Flynn, a fly and aspiring astronaut, on his accidental journey into space, where he learns about Earth and the perils of climate change. (Whether or not the significant carbon footprint of space travel is part of his educational journey remains to be seen.) Per Sánchez, “There’s also STEM, and there’s geography, and another theme is inclusion.” Sounds like an Amazon best seller to me.

Of Course Lauren Sánchez Wrote a Children’s Book About Space