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Joni | 606 comments Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

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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.

Another TBA (Texas Bluebonnet Award) nominee. The library that I work at recently had the honor of having Chris Barton come and read some of his books including Whoosh. This is a very fun book. Again my daughter loved as did I. My daughter especially loved it when she realized the book was about the inventor of the super soaker......she loves to have water gun fights. One interesting fact....this is the second year in the a row that Chris Barton has been nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.


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Ellen | 2083 comments He was so nice to the children during his author's talk. What a sweet young man.


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