Lonnie Johnson’s SUPER-SOAKING Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate; Charlesbridge (2016)
Whoosh is right! And what a happy accident. While testing an idea for using water and air pressure in a new cooling system, Lonnie Johnson realized that the pump and nozzle gadget he’d invented “would make a great water gun.” After designing and constructing a prototype (which he tested at a picnic), Lonnie approached multiple toy companies but they kept saying no. “But Lonnie had dealt with challenges all his life. He knew a lot about solving problems. And he still believed in his inventions.” He kept looking for a company to manufacture his water gun until “Whoosh!” a company in Philadelphia did just that.
Fall may be right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time for super-soaking fun.
I love Don Tate's art work, and if you do too, check out his picture book Poet -The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton.