Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines

Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481476683
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 137,708
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

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 York Times and Slate magazine. After twenty years in Manhattan, he and his family live in Park City, Utah. Visit Robert at Neubecker.com.

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Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReaderWriterEducator 4 months ago
There’s tons of joy in this story with lively text and spunky, engaging illustrations. Rube Goldberg managed to combine his love of comics with his engineering education. I love how Aronson found a unique path through Goldberg’s life (see opening) with the parallel between his machines and his life. To me, that’s what makes a biography interesting and more than the usual story of a life. What a great book to indulge the imagination, spark curiosity, and inspire creativity! And such a great example for kids on following your dreams and enjoying the journey!
JarmVee 7 months ago
This story will certainly get kid’s creative juices flowing. With delightfully complex illustrations, and sometimes humorous and always engaging story telling, minds of young readers will spark with ideas as they follow Rube’s circuitous life!
McMarshall 7 months ago
This wonderful biography provides a visceral experience of the twists and turns, starts and stops that Rube Goldberg's life took from a shy, quiet child determined to be a cartoonist, through an engineering degree and a job in the Water and Sewers Department, almost making it in San Francisco (until an earthquake leveled the city), and finally achieving his dream and so much more. This book does a great job of conveying the message that if you bravely follow your heart and dreams, do the work, and enjoy the ride you too could have an interesting & fulfilling life. This playfully, engaging biography of, and tribute to, a very interesting and creative man will encourage young readers to create inventions themselves.  
Jenna Grodzicki 9 months ago
Filled with colorful and engaging illustrations, Just Like Rube Goldberg will inspire young readers to think big and follow their dreams. An expertly written biography that deserves a place in any library or classroom.