Title: Lightning!Lightning!
Author: Lorraine Jean Hopping
Illustrator: Jody Wheeler
Pages: 48
Reading Level: Beginner
Star Rating: ★★★★

Every wondered if lightning strikes the same spot twice? Or why thunder always accompanies lightning? Or why lightning even happens in the first place?

Lightning! answers all of these question as it explains how lightning bolts form, where they are most likely to strike, and how to stay safe from them. Here are a few of the most interesting facts from Lightning!

  • It takes about a second to say the phrase “lightning strike”. In one second an average of one hundred lightning bolts strike the Earth! Right now, nearly two thousand storms are raging on the planet – by the end of the day, today’s storm total could top forty thousand! [pg. 16]
  • On average, jets get hit about once or twice a year per plane.
  • A lightning bolt can stretch many miles long, can shine brighter than ten million light bulbs, and may be five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
  • If you see a flash of lightning but don’t hear thunder, the lightning is more than 15 miles away.

This was an interesting story, I thought.

Sherri Spain, a teacher from Memphis, Tennessee, once loved thunderstorms. On August 27, 1989, she went outside to watch a storm brew. Sherri even brought a snack – a bag of corn chips. She leaned against a steel door. In an instant, her bag exploded. Lightning knocked Sherri off her feet! The lightning hit the steel door and jumped onto her.

Sherri lost some sight and hearing. The color drained from her dark brown hair, turning it white. Perhaps worst of all, Sherri lost some of her memory. By studying hard every day, Sherri retrained her brain. But a single lightning bolt changed her life forever. [pgs. 6-7]


On the opening page, the legend of Zeus is told. It is called “a myth, an old story.” [pg. 4]

Conclusion. A very interesting account of natural phenomenon.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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