Illustrated by Don Tate

A Junior Library Guild selection

Included on the 2017-18 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List and 20 other state reading lists

Starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

Also available in Spanish (¡Fushhh!)

A cool idea with a big splash!

You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of the top twenty toys of all time. And it was an accidental discovery that brought it into being. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.

A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity were present in Lonnie Johnson’s early life. Growing up in a house full of siblings, Lonnie demonstrated persistence and a passion for problem solving that became the cornerstone of his career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is Lonnie’s invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made the most memorable splash in popular culture.

32 pages
Ages 7-10
ISBN: 9781580892971

Praise for Whoosh!


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