The Day the Universe Exploded My Head is a collection of poems and drawings that showcase the mysteries of the solar system. The book is playful but accurate. It takes readers on a journey to outer space and back.
The book was written by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Anna Raff (pictured). In Raff’s illustrations, planets and other celestial bodies are distinct characters. Some are lonely. Others are angry. And a few are silly. TFK Kid Reporter Ishaan Bhattacharya spoke with Raff about the inspiration for her drawings. Raff says they came to life in her imagination as she learned about outer space. “The planets really seemed like creatures, like living human beings,” she says. “I loved trying to make them into personalities.”