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

by Barton, Chris,

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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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Booklist Review: "This picture book biography tells the story of Lonnie Johnson, kid rocket launcher, teen robot builder, adult NASA engineer, and inventor of the Super Soaker water toy. The story documents his perseverance in overcoming obstacles, some stemming from being African American a school aptitude text that indicated he was not cut out to be an engineer, the prejudice he and his high-school team experienced while winning the 1968 University of Alabama science fair, and professional doubts concerning his abilities. The narrative also covers his initial failure at becoming a self-employed entrepreneur, remedied only by the hard-won success of the Super Soaker. The text emphasizes the continuing support he received from his family, and the vibrant illustrations are especially effective at capturing expressions and mannerisms that bring Johnson to life (as when Johnson and his fellow Tuskegee Institute students party to a sound and light system constructed from left-over electronics). This upbeat tribute makes an engaging and inspiring addition to STEM collections.--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Homemade robots, space probes, pressurized water rifles-the story of African-American inventor Lonnie Johnson is tailor-made for a young audience, and Barton and Tate do it justice in this inspiring account of a man driven toward innovation against the odds. Johnson's interest in engineering blossomed at an early age, and he went on to work on NASA's Galileo project and design what would become the popular Super Soaker water gun. Barton makes clear how Johnson struggled in his unconventional line of work, and also shows the rewards of his persistence. Tate's inviting digital illustrations bring an appropriately playful air to the pages, especially in a foldout spread showing the Super Soaker's blast in all of its glory. Ages 7-10. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Johnson, Lonnie, 1949- Juvenile literature
African American inventors Alabama Biography Juvenile literature
Inventors United States Biography Juvenile literature
African Americans Alabama Biography Juvenile literature
Biography & Autobiography
Picture Book Nonfiction
Juvenile Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Charlesbridge2016
Contributors Tate, Don, illustrator.
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Audience 820
Language English
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781607346401
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