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Children's Nonfiction Astronomy

There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe

by (author) Chris Ferrie

illustrated by Susan Batori

Initial publish date
Sep 2019
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


Spark your child's imagination through science and learning with this captivating astronomy book for toddlers. When it comes to kids books about black holes nothing else can compare to this clever science parody from the #1 science author for kids, Chris Ferrie!

PLUS, use a black light to reveal secret, invisible text and artwork that reverses the story from nothing to the scientific creation of everything!

Using the familiar rhythm of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," follow along as the black hole swallows up the universe and everything that exists in it, from the biggest to the smallest pieces of matter. The silly, vibrant artwork is sure to make stargazers of all ages smile and start a love of science in your baby.

There was a black hole that swallowed the universe.

I don't know why it swallowed the universe—oh well, it couldn't get worse.

There was a black hole that swallowed a galaxy.

It left quite a cavity after swallowing that galaxy.

It swallowed the galaxies that filled universe.

I don't know why it swallowed the universe—oh well, it couldn't get worse.

About the authors

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Susan Batori is a Hungarian illustrator, graphic designer and character design addict. Watch out --- no one, not even her boyfriend or cat, is safe from becoming a funny character in an illustration. If you aren't careful, she just might use you as inspiration ...

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