The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again
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March 05, 2019
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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.

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entertaining and humorous exploration of space with poetry
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THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD features cartoony planets and drawings along with poems on each page. Topical, clever, and with interesting facts built in, this book has broad appeal for older elementary schoolers. From the planets and their moons to black holes, eclipses, sputnik, and astronomers, this book covers broad topics with humor intertwined with facts.

I loved the poem about Mars's moons, Phobos and Deimos (gods of fear and terror), who think their names must be an error because they look like a "lima bean" and a "po-tater." Another great one was the one for the "Children of Astronomy," which begins with Galileo and even includes you and me. The poems are all full of fun and information that will appeal to the target audience.

What I loved: The poems are very clever with facts that add an educational component throughout. There's a lot to learn about the universe while laughing and giggling through the poems and the funny images. This book has broad appeal for poets, astronomers, and anyone who loves a laugh.

Final verdict: With humor, information, and fun illustrations, THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD is an enjoyable read for older elementary schoolers. Recommend for people who like space, science, poetry, or are just looking for something different.
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