Posted by Venus on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Illustrations by Don Tate
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Everyone knows the Super Soaker. A few pumps of air and you spray down your opponent in a fun epic water battle for the ages. What most people don't know if why created this amazing toy. Lonnie Johnson had a love for rockets, robots, and inventions. He worked for NASA. But it was the Super Soaker that ended being his most memorable contribution to society, bringing joy to millions of kids and adults.
This is exactly what I want a picture book biography to be. Informative, engaging, fascinating, and new. I love all these stories about the inventions of things and the wonderful engineers behind them. Lonnie Johnson's story will inspire young readers to invent and learn. The text is perfect for the age of its intended audience and the illustrations are perfect. I think this book has a great deal of practical application for teachers and parents, and the diversity element in the story is also incredibly important. I am so incredibly excited to see what the next generation of young people manages to invent and I hope these kinds of stories are what inspire them to keep trying.