Whoosh! by Chris Barton
I like non-fiction books like this one, that give the history of familiar, kid-friendly objects. This one gives not only the development of the Super-Soaker, but also a brief history of the life of Lonnie Johnson. The illustrations are appealing and strongly support the text. The narrative is easy to follow. While the details are few, a quick overview like this can be enough to inspire further research. Given the general appeal here (as well as a touch of nostalgia on my part - Super-Soakers were massively popular when I was in upper elementary school) Whoosh! gets the thumbs up from me.
More information: Whoosh! releases May 3.
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