Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary in this inspiring and funny biographical picture book.
Want to become an award-winning cartoonist and inventor? Follow your dreams, just like Rube Goldberg! From a young age, Rube Goldberg had a talent for art. But his father, a German immigrant, wanted Rube to have a secure job. So, Rube went to college and became an engineer.
But Rube didn’t want to spend his life mapping sewer pipes. He wanted to follow his passion, so Rube got a low-level job at a newspaper, and from there, he worked his way up, creating cartoons that made people laugh and tickled the imagination. He became known for his fantastic Rube Goldberg machines—complicated contraptions with many parts that performed a simple task in an elaborate and farfetched way. Eventually, his cartoons earned him a Pulitzer Prize and his own adjective in the dictionary. This moving biography is sure to encourage young artists and inventors to pursue their passions.
Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe. Her most recent books are part of a new young middle grade series about the worst fairy godmother ever, The Wish List. She is the cofounder and organizer of the Writing Novels for Young People Retreat at VCFA and has served as an SCBWI mentor in both Illinois and Michigan. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Robert Neubecker is the author and illustrator of Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex and of his own Wow! series. He is also the award-winning illustrator of Shiver Me Timbers by Douglas Florian, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks, I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow, and Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Robert also illustrates for The New YorkTimes and Slate magazine. After twenty years in Manhattan, he and his family live in Park City, Utah. Visit Robert at Neubecker.com.
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (March 12, 2019)
Length: 32 pages
Grades: P - 3
Ages: 3 - 8
Lexile ® 690L
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Aronson’s narrative hovers between thoughtful biography and an inspirational tribute to Goldberg’s work, which will leave readers wanting more information, especially about the cultural legacy of his ubiquitous cartoons. Neubecker’s illustrations are animated and precise, connecting the unpredictable threads of the cartoonist’s life to the spirit of his inventions....Playful illustrations drive this loving biography for elementary-school-age inventors and dreamers.
– School library Journal, December 2018
Aronson has created an eminently readable book that will engage and surprise readers young and old....Particularly appropriate to use for Invention Conventions, STEAM units, or Odyssey of the Mind, this engaging read-aloud will make an enjoyable introduction to inquiry and problem solving in creative ways.
– School Library Connection, March/April 2019
Awards and Honors
CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Starred Intermediate Title
Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
Gate City Book Award Nominee (NH)
Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Award Honor Title (CA)