Publishers Weekly


"...lighthearted story about the origins of the Band-Aid..."

"Wittenstein, who imagines the details of the exchanges between Josephine and Earle, gracefully suggests to readers that even items as enduring as the Band-Aid started out as one individual’s creative solution to a common problem." 

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School Library Journal


“Funny and illuminating nonfiction entry...”

Gr 2–4—“This book tells the fascinating story of the invention of the Band-Aid in the early twentieth century. Josephine Dickson was particularly accident-prone in the kitchen, inspiring her husband Earle to come up with a creative solution. 

The book tells the story with a delightful sense of humor. A running "The End" gag will make kids chuckle throughout as they will think they've reached the end of the story only to find out that it is not over yet. 

VERDICT A funny and illuminating nonfiction entry that will hold particular appeal for aspiring inventors and future medical professionals.”

We Are Teachers


“Pomises to be a fun addition to your nonfiction read aloud choices.“

“If your students are going to constantly raid your classroom Band-Aid supply for every tiny ailment, they should at least learn how the heal-everything product came to be.“

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Five Minutes For Books


"Wittenstein has a clever way of telling that story"

"Ouch! When your child falls and scrapes her knee, you probably do what most of us do– reach for the band-aids. Little kids so often adore bedecking themselves with bandages, since their apparent magical powers heal little bumps and boo-boos almost immediately."

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Booking Mama


"... a really interesting book about a really interesting invention."

"I liked learning the background story of this accidental invention, but I also thought the information was presented in a cute way. The author has the book "end" many times, only to have to story continue. It's a funny way to present the information that will keep kids entertained."

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Mother Daughter Book Club


"It’s the kind of picture book that will be pulled off the shelf for rereading over and over again."

"What seems to be a simple story feels fun and whimsical as Wittenstein tells it. Several times he declares it’s THE END of the tale, only to say there’s more to it."

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Red Canoe Reader


"...great sense of humor..."

"This marvelous book answers all of our questions about band-aids, and more, and does it with a great sense of humor. It tells the charming story of Earle Dickson who was concerned about his new bride’s constant “boo-boos”.

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Mom Read It


"...good reading, and just good fun..."

"I love the kid-like narration, which starts and stops with each major moment: “The End. Actually, no, wait…” It’s like listening to my own 5 year-old, or any of my library kiddos, describing a movie, big happening at school, or family event."

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Beagles and Books


"I cannot wait to share this book with students"

"Told in a playful narrative, Wittenstein’s account of Earle’s invention is highly engaging and entertaining.”

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Imagination Soup


"Clever writing will keep readers entertained in this fascinating true story."

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Books My Kids Read


"A great way to show kids that there is a full process to an invention being a success"

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Lu And Bean Read


"...a great addition to school libraries looking for interesting nonfiction for young readers."

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Christy’s Cozy Corner


"A book you need to add to your child’s library. . . . I definitely recommend this one!"

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“...written in SUCH a fun style! Highly recommended for all elementary libraries.“

As an elementary librarian, I usually know within 3 pages whether a book will be a hit as a read aloud or not. And this one will be a complete hit!

While BOO BOOS is undoubtably a high quality nonfiction book about a fascinating topic, it is also written in SUCH a fun style! The author keeps ending the story by saying "The End", and then on the next page correcting it and going on to continue the story. It will add such a dynamic feel to a story time - I can't wait to read this aloud to my middle grade students! Due to the longer text, I would recommend for grades 2 and up, or in a small group setting for younger children. The illustrations are vivid and there is font size differentiation for emphasis throughout the book. There is extensive back matter as well.

Having a box of band-aids on hand for this story time would probably be a good idea!

Highly recommended for all elementary libraries.

Mrs. Mommy Booknerds


"This book is FANTASTIC!"

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