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Chris Barton on Whoosh!

barton_whooshIn our July/August 2016 issue, senior editor Elissa Gershowitz chatted with author Chris Barton about his new picture book biography Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Read the full review.

Elissa Gershowitz: What is one of the challenges and/or rewards of writing a picture-book biography of a contemporary figure?

Chris Barton: One big reward so far has been the cautious hope in kids’ voices when they ask, after I’ve read that last page aloud, “Is he still alive?” It’s as if they picked up on my use of the present tense but can’t quite bring themselves to believe that the inspiring life they just heard about is still happening. I love telling them, “Yes, he is.”

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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