Review: Whoosh!

Posted on June 14, 2016


Whoosh cover
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Written by Chris Barton
Illustrated by Don Tate
Charlesbridge Publishing
May 2016
32 pages

Even as a young boy, Lonnie Johnson possessed a natural talent for engineering. He loved to create and design rockets. In high school, his team won first place at the science fair for his Linex robot invention. After college, Lonnie got a job as an engineer at NASA. At home in his workshop he tinkered with his own inventions. One day while he was working on a new way to cool refrigerators and air conditioners, Lonnie combined water with a blast of air pressure and — whoosh! — he invented the Super Soaker. Barton’s upbeat narrative describes Lonnie’s perseverance along the rocky road he traveled from the joy of his discovery to actually getting his toy on store shelves. Tate’s vivid illustrations are as action-packed as a comic book. The Whoosh! foldout spread that mimics the force of water from the Super Soaker is a special blast for young readers. As an added bonus for curious young engineers, the front and back inside covers contain ten drawings of Lonnie Johnson’s actual inventions. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions is an inspiring success story for all young readers.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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