Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System!

Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System!

Written by:
Illustrated by: John Rocco

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780525469797
  • 32 Pages
  • Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • 6-8 years


Some people used to think that Earth was smack-dab in the middle of the universe, with all the stars and planets held in the sky by giant glass balls. Boy, were they wrong! In this follow-up to the award-winning Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!, Kathleen Kudlinski and John Rocco look at the mistakes, mishaps, and creativity that are part of scientific discovery. From the first humans wondering about the night sky to the demotion of Pluto to dwarf planet status, this book is an entertaining and informative look at how scientific theories change over time.


Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong about the Solar System!
* “Rocco’s illustrations grow more colorful and realistic as the story moves into the modern age, matching the text’s smooth flow and sense of progress. A super introduction not only to the solar system, but to the scientific method in action.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This breezy account will be as equally effective in demonstrating how science works as it will be in bringing young readers up to speed on the structure of this and other solar systems.”—School Library Journal

A brisk, cheerful introduction to the mixed-up history of cosmology.”—Booklist

Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

* “Intelligently designed and imaginatively conceived, the artwork makes the text more understandable and the whole book more beautiful.”—Booklist, starred review

“This book is simple, attractive, and informative, and a take-off point for a discussion on the scientific method.”—School Library Journal  

Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong About the Weather!
“A valuable resource for report writing and pleasure reading alike.”—School Library Journal

Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong About the Human Body!
“This clever entry is just as amusing and informative as the rest.”—Kirkus Reviews