Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

by Chris Barton illustrated by Don Tate

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The Super Soaker is one of top 20 toys of all time—and it was invented entirely by accident!

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Easy-to-Read Picture Book Biography, Cool Idea with a Big Splash, Celebrating Creativity and Ingenuity

Topics and Themes:
Super Soaker, Inventions, NASA, Engineering, Popular Toys, African Americans in Science and Technology

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Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, inventor Lonnie Johnson created the mechanics for the iconic toy instead.



Lonnie grew up in a house full of brothers and sisters, where a love of rockets and robots and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstones for a career as a NASA engineer. But it was his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that made his most memorable splash with kids and adults around the world.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 1 - 4
    • Ages: 6 - 9
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-31489-2