Whoosh!

Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Written by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Don Tate


Every library should have this book and every kid should be familiar with the name ‘Lonnie Johnson.’ Not just because Lonnie invented one of the funnest toys around, but because he worked hard to pursue a dream and was determined to make his dream a reality. Lonnie wanted to be an engineer from a young age, but after an aptitude test, he was told he wouldn’t make a good engineer. Rather than give up, he believed in himself and kept trying. I think that is a lesson we could all use sometimes. Barton does a fantastic job telling Lonnie Johnson’s story, and although written for young children to understand, all ages will find it interesting and enjoyable.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-4

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Written by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Don Tate
Charlesbridge
32 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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