Lee Bennett Hopkins
Greenwillow Books (2009)
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 7) for Reader Views (5/09)
“Incredible Inventions” by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a collection of sixteen poems about inventions like the roller coaster, jigsaw puzzles, stop lights and hair brushes. The poems are by many different authors. My favorite poem was a fifteen-word poem about popsicles and what you should do with them (lick them!). The poem about kitty litter was alright, too. Most of the poems didn’t really say all that much and were awkward to read.
I didn’t find the pictures very appealing. They didn’t have very much detail.
I have to admit that I was kind of disappointed when I opened this book up. It wasn’t at all what I expected. There was no real information about inventions, except for a short section called “about the inventions.” There were five funny sentences about how band-aids were invented by some fellow whose wife kept accidentally cutting herself.
People who like poetry might really like “Incredible Inventions” by Lee Bennett Hopkins. I think the book will gather dust on my shelf.