Whoosh!

Whoosh!

Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions

Book - 2016
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You know the Super Soaker. It's one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson's life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781580892971
1580892973
Branch Call Number: j BIOGRAPHY 609.2 JOHNSON 2016 Beginning Facts
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Tate, Don - Illustrator

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Sometimes it does take a NASA scientist -- and a lot of persistence and determination -- to invent a popular children's toy.


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After seeing him interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, I decided to read this one with my afterschoolers. It inspires kids to follow their dreams, keep experimenting, and never give up! My kids also appreciated that he is a "modern day" inventor, not some guy who died hundreds of years ago.

AL_BETSY Aug 24, 2017

Do you like to take things apart and find out how they work? Maybe you'll be an engineer one day. Meanwhile, read the true story of Lonnie Johnson, the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker! What super fun things can you create?

LPL_DanC Jun 02, 2016

Just in time for summer: Ever wonder who invented the Super Soaker? Now there's a children's book all about him. Check it out, but try to keep it dry.

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