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From supernovae to gamma ray bursters, blue stragglers, and quark explosions this book explains our remarkable universe for kids in a fun way. From stars singing and throwing temper tantrums to stars blowing up into black holes and disappearing, this fun to read book explains our universe for beginners of any age. --Terry Atwood, The Shreveport Bossier-Astronomical Society

Howard, an aerospace engineer, enthusiastically instructs readers on the intricacies of the stars--the "biggest explosions" of her title. Beginning with a primer on our place in the universe, she then guides readers through the birth of stars, star groupings, dying stars, supernovae, the lifecycle of the sun, "weird, wacky, and mysterious" stars and the most violent outbursts in the universe. Enticed by the explosive title, some readers will be especially interested in the more frightening aspects of our cosmos, and the author satisfies with information about the eventual death of our sun, and black holes. Her stated goal is to demystify the lifecycle and role of stars, and with the help of eye-catching photographs and relatively nontechnical language, she succeeds. Kirkus Discoveries --Kirkus Discoveries, March 30, 2009 Kirkus Discoveries, March 30, 2008

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Sara Howard's The Biggest Explosion in the Universe is all about astronomy, and it is filled with wonder. Howard's curiosity about the universe is infectious, and though this book is geared towards kids, adults will clearly love the book as well. Full of fun, The Biggest Explosions in the Universe clearly explains some of science's most difficult concepts. Howard uses sound bites, bright yellow tables full of fun facts, and a whimsical sense of what's funny to draw kids in and keep them interested. The Table of Contents is clear and helpful. I love the preface which has an immediacy which is very attractive. I love the message, that knowledge is what keeps all of us safe. The book's simple language will appeal to students and to anyone who wants science explained to them in a logical, easy-to-follow fashion.The writing is fresh and funny and packed with wonderful facts. I think this book is superb and should be in every school library. What is particularly wonderful about this book is that adults, as well as children, are sure to be inspired reading, learning many terrific facts about science even as they are thoroughly entertained. I do believe this book is just about perfect.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439215278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439215272
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,784,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Pawluk on February 26, 2009
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I was looking for an astronomy book for my grandaughter's birthday when I came across this one. I wasn't sure it was the right one, but I'm very happy I bought it! The photographs are absolutely stunning! The text is clear and concise, and easy to follow. It says it's written for young readers, but any astronomy novice will find this book worth every penny. I hope Sara writes more books on astronomy.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keith Sargent on December 6, 2009
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For $27 I expected something spectacular. Maybe a large format book with huge pictures. However, I didn't read the book description and ended up with a small, thin book with a few small nice Hubble photographs. Although the book is well written, it's definitely not worth $28.
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