From bestselling author Brandon T. Snider and Reuben Award-winning illustrator Ed Steckley, Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines is the hilarious first book in an all-new illustrated middle-grade series starring the young inventor.
“This book made my kids laugh and got them off screens. No really. It’s magic.” —Jim Gaffigan
On the first day of middle school, Principal Kim announces that the school is going to throw a Contraption Convention—the perfect opportunity for young inventor Rube Goldberg to show off his inventions and get out of his summer-long funk!
But after a fight with his friends Pearl and Boob about where his priorities really lie, Rube’s Con Con entry gets off to a rocky start—and then strange incidents begin to throw the town into disarray. Boob is convinced it’s a ghost causing all of this chaos.
Between Con Con, the ghostly mystery, and a new rival, Rube has his work cut out for him. But with the help of his friends, he might just get things back on track, get on top of his burgeoning anxieties, and come up with something brilliant before it’s time to face the judging table.
Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines series:
Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines (#1)
Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines: The New Switcheroo (#2)
Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines: Engine of Change (#3)
"Snider accurately conveys feelings of change and growth at a time when tweens are truly still children . . . Steckley’s black-and-white illustrations evoke the cluttered, mad-scientist feel of Rube’s workspace. . ."Kirkus Reviews
"With middle school humor and entertaining images, Rube learns to navigate strange and difficult situations in this first installment of the “Rube Goldberg” series."School Library Journal
“This book made my kids laugh and got them off screens. No really. It’s magic."Jim Gaffigan, comedian