Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions

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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.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2016]
ISBN: 9781580892971 (reinforced for library use)
1580892973 (reinforced for library use)
Branch Call Number: EB JOHNSON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Tate, Don - Illustrator


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When they told him he couldn't be an engineer, he didn't let that stop him. The story of Lonnie Johnson, inventor.

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Fun and inspiring- he started inventing as kid, and overcame obstacles along the way to success. Favorite Non-Fiction book of all the schools I've visited. Up for the Towner Non-Fiction award.

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

A picture book biography of the NASA engineer who invented the world's best toy water gun.

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Jul 29, 2019

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Krsylu May 02, 2019

I loved this book so much, I ordered one from Amazon to send directly to friends of mine whose (now grown) sons have a love of tinkering.

Mar 29, 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's more reading than in a typical picture book, and it focuses on the positive message of overcoming challenges. A good book for someone with interests in tinkering.

After seeing him interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, I decided to read this one with my afterschoolers. It inspires kids to follow their dreams, keep experimenting, and never give up! My kids also appreciated that he is a "modern day" inventor, not some guy who died hundreds of years ago.

ArapahoeBetsy Aug 24, 2017

Do you like to take things apart and find out how they work? Maybe you'll be an engineer one day. Meanwhile, read the true story of Lonnie Johnson, the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker! What super fun things can you create?

LPL_DanC Jun 02, 2016

Just in time for summer: Ever wonder who invented the Super Soaker? Now there's a children's book all about him. Check it out, but try to keep it dry.


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