The Slinky was one of my favorite childhood toys. I loved to launch it down a flight of stairs and watch it go on and on. I never questioned how it came into being, but now I know. Gilbert Ford’s The Marvelous Thing That Came From A Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation introduces the reader to Richard James, a Navy engineer. One day a spring fell from his desk and its coils took a walk. He knew right away he had stumbled on something marvelous.
And did you know that the Super Soaker also was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. His splashy tale is Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton.
So check out these two exciting new books and be inspired. You never know what you might invent, on purpose or by accident as well!