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Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines
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, illustrated by Robert Neubecker
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.
World Rights: Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster), May 2019
Crystal Kite Award (SCBWI, Midwest Division)
Sarah Aronson is the versatile author of YA novels HEADCASE and BELIEVE. BEYOND LUCKY was her MG debut, and her chapter-book series, THE WISH LIST, is published by Scholastic. Her picture book biography of Rube Goldberg published with Beach Lane in 2018. BRAND NEW BUBBE is forthcoming from Charlesbridge.
Sarah is also a creative writing teacher, and she lives in Illinois with her family.