Whoosh! (Paperback)

  • Title:Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Paperback)
  • Author:Chris Barton
    Illustrated by Tate Don
  • Publication Date:May 2016
  • Grade Level:K-2
  • ISBN:9781580892971
  • Publisher:Penguin Random House

A cool idea with a big splash!

You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of the top twenty toys of all time. And it was an accidental discovery that brought it into being. 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 were present in Lonnie Johnson’s early life. Growing up in a house full of siblings, Lonnie demonstrated persistence and a passion for problem solving that became the cornerstone of his career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is Lonnie’s invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made the most memorable splash in popular culture.


Author Bio

Chris Barton is the author of picture books included on 19 state reading lists. Chris has advocated for greater diversity in children’s literature by co-founding the Modern First Library program with BookPeople.

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