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

Ages: 3 - 8Publisher: Simon & Schuster Author: Sarah AronsonIllustrator: Robert Neubecker


Born in 1883, Rube Goldberg grew up loving to draw. After a detour working as an engineer in San Francisco’s Dept. of Water and Sewers, and a career disrupted by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, he eventually realized his dream of becoming a cartoonist for a major newspaper. His most popular cartoons featured his comical, convoluted contraptions that “solved” everyday dilemmas. (These were so popular that “Rube Goldberg” is used as an adjective to describe achieving something simple by a complex route.)


Sarah Aronson, author of numerous books for children and teens, tells Goldberg’s story with a “never give up” message for readers. Children’s author/illustrator Robert Neubecker adds humor and visual interest with quirky ink and colored pencil renderings of Goldberg’s time and place and his comical inventions. The book and its endpapers also feature a sampling of Goldberg’s cartoons.




Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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