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


Illustrations 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.

Further information about Rube Goldberg. Sources. Reproductions of Goldberg cartoons. Full-color illustrations created with pencil and ink and digitally.

ISBN: 9781481476683

JLG Release: July 2019

JLG Member Price

Biography Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Hardcover edition


    Beach Lane

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    10" x 8 1/2"

    Dewey Classification



    Level: 690L



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