Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

A cool idea with a big splash.

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, impressive 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.

Title:Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781580892971
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    Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Reviews

  • Danielle

    WOW! Terrific book. I'm so happy to have learned about Lonnie Johnson's life and inventions—this is the kind of story I immediately want to share!"...Because facing challenges, solving problems, and...

  • Holly

    A book about the inventor of the Super Soaker? Yes, please! A great little read about Lonnie Johnson and his inventions. I loved that Barton included the fact that when Johnson won his first science f...

  • Leslie

    Do you remember playing with super soakers as a child? Did you know they were invented by an African American? This is the story of Lonnie Johnson. It's well written, factual and easy to read. Put thi...

  • Michele Knott

    I have a love/hate relationship with super soakers, but this book has nothing but love! Love seeing a collaboration between Chris Barton and Don Tate again.Love using this book with Makerspace.Love th...

  • Autumn

    This is the best picture book to encourage kids to try the STEM/STEAM stuff in their schools and libraries that I have ever seen. Esp. love the foldout and the patents on the endpapers. All the awards...

  • Lata

    I admit it, the words "Super-Soaking" made me pick up this book. Then the story of the brilliant engineer Lonnie Johnson amused me ("And he learned how to make rocket fuel. When it caught fire in the ...

  • Agn?

    3.5 out of 5Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions is a beautifully illustrated picturebook biography about Lonnie Johnson, the African American rocket scientist who accidentally...

  • AMY

    Great story of a not-so-famous African-American inventor of a widely enjoyed children’s toy. I had not heard of him and I was very inspired after reading his story. The author pays close attention t...

  • Margie

    Water fights with my dad were epic. They all started innocently enough with squirt guns; someone getting a tad bit wet when they least expected it. Then the strategy started as the game escalated. The...

  • Lynn

    Who thinks about the guy who invented the Super Soaker water gun? I hadn't, until I saw this book!The text and the illustrations work together to entertain and inform with enough details to hold inter...