Book review: The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really!), by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Chris Hsu

Wittenstein, Barry. The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really!). Illustrated by Chris Hsu. Charlesbridge, 2018. Unpaged. $16.99. ISBN 978-1580897457. Ages 5 and up. P9 Q8

The invention of the Band-Aid might not sound like a thrilling read, but this is actually an interesting story based on the true facts about the inventor, Earle Dickson, and how he came to invent, adjust and then mass produce something we have all used. Even adults will learn a fact or two, and there is a little humor in the author continually saying “The End” when the story evolves and continues. The end of the book has an interesting author’s note on the invention, and he also included a time line not only about the inventor’s life, but also other medical inventions created at the same 1920-1930 period.

VERDICT: This was interesting, and I learned a lot about something I have used my whole life. Everyone knows what Band-Aids are, but most of us don’t think about how they came to be. I think many ages will find the story interesting and the illustrations delightful.

January 2020 review by Lynne Wright.

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