Allan Wolf

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

A raucous bounce through the solar system and back — propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations. 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.

Allan Wolf

Booklist named The Watch That Ends the Night, by Allan Wolf, one of the Fifty Best Young Adult Books of all Time. Two time winner of the North Carolina YA Book Award, Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC.  Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry. Titles include Zane’s Trace (NC YA Book Award) and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry).  His verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College. His latest novel, Who Killed Christopher Goodman?, was named one of the 2017 Top Ten Historical Fiction Novels for Youth by Booklist. At this year’s SOKY Book Fest, we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landing on the Moon, with Allan’s latest book of poems for kids, The Day the Universe Exploded My Head! Visit his website to learn more!

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