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Just like Rube Goldberg : the incredible true story of the man behind the machines

by Aronson, Sarah,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 17 copies
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Juvenile Biography J 92 GOLDBERG Rube
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Even as a boy, Rube Goldberg aimed to become a newspaper cartoonist, an ambition he set aside to please his father. He studied engineering, worked in the field for six months, and quit to take a lowly newspaper job while practicing his drawing. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed his city, he moved to New York and became a successful cartoonist, finding humor in sports, politics, and human nature. Still, his most popular character was an engineer at heart: a professor who invented complicated devices to accomplish simple tasks, contraptions known today as Rube Goldberg machines. In Aronson's well-paced, conversational text for this picture-book biography, she shows Goldberg working hard to achieve his dream and encourages readers to do the same. Neubecker uses digitally-enhanced ink-and-pencil drawings to create lively illustrations with a period vibe. He also offers relatively simple, amusing interpretations of Goldberg machines for the book's young audience. Reproductions of eight vintage Goldberg inventions, complete with directions and labeled diagrams, appear on the book's endpapers. An enjoyable introduction to an American original.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
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."
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Additional Information
Subjects Goldberg, Rube, -- 1883-1970 -- Juvenile literature.
Goldberg, Rube, -- 1883-1970.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Neubecker, Robert, illustrator.
Audience Ages 3-8, Grades K-3.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliograpical references.
ISBN 9781481476683
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