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Title:
Just Like Rube Goldberg The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines.
ISBN:
9781481476683
Publication Information:
Simon & Schuster 2019/03
General Note:
[Hardcover]
Abstract:
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.

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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.


Author Notes

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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Publisher's Weekly Review

In opening pages, Aronson describes artist and inventor Rube Goldberg: "In a funny way, his life was just like one of his famous inventions: an improbable and inefficient chain reaction that ends up making perfect sense." As a child, shy Goldberg immersed himself in drawing, but when his parents didn't support his plans to become a cartoonist, he studied engineering, then quit his steady job to follow his dream and embrace an alter ego. Aronson reveals Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, "who invented one intricate machine after another." Neubecker's idiosyncratic art depicts several of Professor Butts's contraptions-one that elaborately punches holes in doughnuts, another that turns off a light. Readers will enjoy Goldberg's brilliantly impractical inventions and nutty personality. Ages 3-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Aronson astutely observes that Rube Goldbergs life was just like one of his famous inventions: an improbable and inefficient chain reaction that ends up making perfect sense. The son of German Jewish immigrants, Goldberg (18831970) dreamed of becoming a newspaper cartoonist but initially bowed to family pressure, earning an engineering degree and working as a San Francisco Department of Water and Sewers engineer. After just six months on the job, he quit. Neubeckers illustration of this period in Goldbergs life is dominated by a mess of pipes that twist and turn, neatly foreshadowing the wacky contraptions Goldberg would later draw. Aronsons lively and inspirational text gets clever treatment here, too: her words curve and bend inside the pipework. Up next for Goldberg was his first newspaper gig, where he mostly emptied wastebaskets, cleaned the floors, and filed photographs. Finally he was hired as a cartoonist at the New York Evening Mail, where he concocted Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts and the screwball contraptions that today we call Rube Goldberg machines. Aronson notes that Goldberg drew comics to make us look closer; fittingly, this thoughtful, playful picture-book biography does just that, with whimsical pencil, ink, and digital illustrations capturing the machines intricacies. Endpapers feature reprints of original Rube Goldberg cartoons; further biographical information and a list of sources are appended. tanya d. auger (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.