May 24, 2017

Engineer and toy inventor

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton
illustrated by Don Tate

As a kid, Lonnie Johnson loved to build rockets and robots. He grew up to become an engineer who built a backup power system for the NASA orbiter Galileo. But his claim to fame was a super-powered water gun! 

The Super Soaker is a hit toy, but its path to production was a rocky one. A story of persistence and faith, Johnson's biography is filled with zest and exhilarating whooshes! that stream over double pages and a fold-out wow! Be sure to check out the end pages, which are filled with drawings of Johnson's other inventions.

Very entertaining.

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