Follow along with young inventor Rube Goldberg on his day off from school in this wacky, STEAM-focused picture book
A “definitely different” follow-up to Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day, written by Jennifer George, the granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, and illustrated by award-winning artist Ed Steckley. In their latest collaboration, they imagine Rube Goldberg as a young inventor who builds complex machines to solve simple, everyday problems. Follow along as he invents zany chain-reaction contraptions to have the best day off from school ever—including a simple way to play fetch in the yard without leaving his bedroom, a self-operating swing, and a super simple series of movie snacking machines.
Jennifer George, Rube’s granddaughter and the chief creative officer of the Rube Goldberg Institute (RGI), has led this effort since 2007 and oversees all aspects of her grandfather’s estate. Jennifer has conceived and developed a new generation of cultural events and educational projects, often linking the fields of art, science, and technology through free resources, activities, contests, and curriculum guides available at rubegoldberg.org. She is the author of Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day, Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Definitely Different Day Off,Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines, and The Art of Rube Goldberg. She lives in New York City. Vin Vogel is a Brazilian author-illustrator and the creator of A Home for Leo and the Yeti series. He has illustrated over 50 books, including the latest Too Much Slime! by Frances Gilbert; Naughty NinjaTakes a Bath by Todd Tarpley; and Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, which won a number of awards and has been translated into five languages. After living in New York City, he is back in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with two cats and a dog. They are surrounded by many plants, piles of picture books, and some single fin surfboards.
Ed Steckley is an award-winning illustrator whose clients include MAD magazine and innumerable advertising agencies worldwide. He lives in Queens, New York.
"Colorful, amusing, and detailed double-page spreads resemble the real Rube Goldberg’s cartoons. . . Endpapers with sight gags, a progression of animals, and more add to the merriment, while a concluding look at simple machines keeps the antics educational."