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Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Definitely Different Day Off

Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Definitely Different Day Off

By Jennifer George
Illustrator Ed Steckley


Price: $18.99

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  • Publication Date: May 3, 2022
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Trim Size: 11 x 8 12
  • ISBN: 9781419748301
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

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.


"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."

About the author

Jennifer George, Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter, was raised and lives in New York City. She is the legacy director of Rube Goldberg, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)-3, focused on STEM/STEAM education as taught through the legacy and artwork of its namesake. She is the author of Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day and The Art of Rube Goldberg. Ed Steckley is an award winning print and advertising illustrator, based in Racine, WI.