The Ice Cream Machine (Hardcover)
Adam Rubin presents a collection of six short stories– every one of them about ice cream! This creative new intermediate-level book features aliens, medieval sorcerers, inventors, and so much more. Perfect for reading aloud and for introducing kids to longer chapter books. The coolest part about this unique book: Rubin invites you to write your own seventh story and mail it to him using the book jacket!— Anastasia, Wild Rumpus
In these six stories, set in six distinct worlds, you’ll meet a boy and his robot nanny traveling the globe in search of the world’s tastiest treat, a child mechanical prodigy who invents the freshest dessert ever, and an evil ice cream truck driver who strikes fear in the heart of every kid in town.
You’ll be transported to a beachside boardwalk with an ice cream stand run by a penguin, a hilltop realm ruled by a king with a sweet tooth, and a giant alien space lab with a lone human subject who longs for a taste of home.
Each story features black-and-white interior illustrations from a different artist, including Daniel Salmieri, Charles Santoso, Liniers, Emily Hughes, Nicole Miles, and Seaerra Miller, making this book unlike any you've ever seen. So grab a cup or a cone, and watch out for brain freeze! You'll definitely want to save room for this treat.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller
“Three scoops of humor with adventure on top. Kids won't be able to resist The Ice Cream Machine!” —Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
“If you do not find this book fascinating, I am sorry to say there is something wrong with you.” —Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events
“Absolutely fun, smart, and kid-inspirational. Here’s the proof that writing is magic!” —Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
“Hilarious and imaginative, a total hoot!” —Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Descendants series
“Clever, inventive, and totally fun. The Ice Cream Machine is a blast!” —Max Brallier, author of The Last Kids on Earth
“Rubin’s penchant for fun shines through in this collection . . . Writing and ice cream make surprisingly magical companions.” —The New York Times
“As delicious as a multilayer sundae.” —Parents Magazine
* “Creative and fun . . . Ice cream lovers and tweens in general will get a kick out of this adventurous, whimsical, and funny book.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Every story in this collection is distinct and original, imaginative and inventive… with humor reminiscent of Louis Sachar and an outlandishness that brings Roald Dahl to mind.” —Shelf Awareness
“[A] madcap middle grade debut . . . Comforting, entertaining, and uniformly funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Offers convincing proof that words are magical . . . Scoops of entertainment and insight for young readers as well as writers.” —Booklist
“Entertaining . . . The variety of artistic styles forms a pleasing complement to the different entries.” —Kirkus Reviews