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Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions

by Chris Barton

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Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.



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This book is about Lonnie Johnson, an inspiring inventor at a young age that bloomed into something more they grew into something even more humble. You learn his Childhood life, His Inventions as a kid. His aid in NASA, his struggle with unemployment, and the issues if no company on the board with the idea of the super soaker. You can see a man whose passion in tinkering opened new opportunity and took him to new places. Showed he was not ashamed of his passion and wanted to share it with the world with a Great success story.
I like this book a lot. There were many things that I think it did superbly well. First The art was very good and well done. The different colors and environment really helped to the “sticking factor of the story” one of its stronger suites. The story was memorable because of the relatability of it and the up’s and down ‘s that Lonnie had to go through. This helps kids connect a lot more to the character and humanizes him. I think the word difficulty I varied and balanced. Able to be read by a more experienced reader or be read to in the middle of class. This book is very flexible with what a teacher can do with it in the right hands. Enjoyment was fun too because it tells you about magnificent things, he has one including being the inventor of a water gun that many kids enjoy. And the information given is very interesting to more of the tinkering side. But could have elaborated more on him and his values. A nearly Superb book with only Just missing a 5/5 rating. I can easily see this be more for grade k-3rd book
Memorability 4/5
Art 4.5/5
Enjoyment 4/5
Word Difficulty 5/5
Interesting info 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
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  KyleRodri | Feb 6, 2020 |
This book follows the life of Lonnie Johnson, and his journey from the science fair, to engineer, to inventor. Barton does a great job at explaining each one of Johnson's accomplishments in a way that is fascinating and easy to understand. ( )
  ebrossette | Jan 26, 2020 |
A great story of perseverance and creative thinking. ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
I would liken this to Hadfield's "Darkest Dark" in that I could see this inspiring a kid to pursue similar dreams. (My nephew is all about being an astronaut at the moment). It's illustrated but there is more reading than in a typical picture book, and it makes a good story that also happens to be factual. It focuses on the positive message of overcoming challenges. A good book for someone with interests in tinkering. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Mar 29, 2019 |
The book I chose is, “Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions” by Chris Barton illustrated by Don Tate. The book is about the story of Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the Super Soaker Water Gun. Lonnie was an inventor, however based off a school test he was told he could not be an engineer. Lonnie refused to give up on becoming an engineer. He began his engineering career when he built a childhood robot named Linex for a science fair. Then Lonnie eventually became an engineer for NASA. Shortly after Lonnie invited something life changing when trying to make a new cooking system for refrigerators and air conditioners. Lonnie accidentally invented the Super Soaker Water Gun. Lonnie was astonished at what he made. He attempted to sell it to toy companies, but he had no success. Lonnie however, did not give up. Lonnie quit his job at NASA and devoted himself to his invention the water gun. Lonnie did not give up and eventually he became known as the man who invented the Super Soaker water gun.

This book would be a good read to children because it teaches an amazing lesson. The lesson is don’t allow no one to tell you what you can not do. Another lesson taught in this book is also don’t give up on your dreams. ( )
  A.Bode | Feb 17, 2019 |
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Every day brought a challenge for young Lonnie Johnson – the challenge of finding space for his stuff.
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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.  [retrieved 7/20/2019 from Amazon.com]
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