THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD, by Allan Wolf, Illustrated by Anna Raff, Candlewick Press


Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back — propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations.

The universe poured into me.
My brain was overloaded.
It smoked and glowed red-hot.
And then
it actually exploded.

Ever wonder what the sun has to say about being the closest star to Earth? Or what Pluto has gotten up to since being demoted to a dwarf planet? Or where rocket ships go when they retire? Listen closely, because maybe, just maybe, your head will explode, too. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining — and illustrations that are positively out of this world — this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds. Space travelers in search of more information will find notes about the poems, a glossary, and a list of resources at the end.

approx. 56 pages

Out March 5, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is set up like a picture book but is definitely not for picture book readers.

I would say this book is for a chapter book readership but because of the content, the beautiful artwork and engaging information, it needed this format to be truly appreciated.  I would even go as far to say that it would make a great school library book.

The author approaches the topic of astronomy and science by writing information regarding the universe in verse. The illustrator adds fun artwork to compliment the verse and help with the understanding of the information the author provides. One would not succeed without the other so this dynamic team of writer/illustrator is perfect for this book.

Some of the wording is harder for first readers but should be okay for older children. This book is agreat resource for science/astronomy for schools and a perfect teaching tool. There are notes at the back to fill in some gaps that the author added.

Children will enjoy this book and find tons of information for them to absorb while turning the pages.  It could create a larger interest in space, planets, stars, etc. as well. Parents of younger children interested in space could sit with their child and help with the harder parts, but overall, I’d say this book is educational, engaging and entertaining.

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