Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

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

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton; illustrated by Don Tate. Illustrations created digitally. 2016.

Brief Summary: Lonnie Johnson was one of six children living in Mobile, Alabama. He was interested in inventing as a child leaving home to go to Tuskegee Institute to become an engineer. He invented the super-soaker realizing that an air pump would make the water go further. He went to a toy company and his water gun was produced making water fighting more fun than ever.

Comments: This is an invention that students can relate to and will want to know who and how it was created.  Nonfiction narrative.  It could go in biographies or inventions section of the library. I plan to share this during the first two weeks of school when students are still water fighting to cool off during the hot, August heat.

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