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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-Picture book author Rubin (­Dragons Love Tacos) makes his middle grade debut with this compilation of six short stories of the same name, "The Ice Cream Machine," each with its own subtitle (e.g., "The one with the ice cream eating contest."). With the common theme of an ice cream machine, each story is creative and fun. Featuring original ideas, an amusing cast of characters (including a robot nanny named Kelly), and exhilarating adventures like searching for ice cream in an uninhabited forest in Peru, the book deftly illustrates how one idea can be deeply, uniquely explored. Rubin's writing is inspired, and tweens will enjoy the wordplay. Rubin concludes with a challenge to write the seventh short story for this compilation, prompting readers to get creative and craft their own variation on the theme (a mailing address is included for receipt of said story). Each entry also has exciting black-and-white art from a different illustrator, bringing even more life to the pages of Rubin's fascinating conceptualization of the short story genre. VERDICT Ice cream lovers and tweens in general will get a kick out of this adventurous, whimsical, and funny book. A compelling twist on a sometimes underrated format, this short story collection is a winner.-Gretchen Schulzα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Praise for The Ice Cream Machine:

#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.” —

“Entertaining . . . The variety of artistic styles forms a pleasing complement to the different entries.” —
Kirkus Reviews

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (February 15, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593325796
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593325797
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.82 x 1.21 x 8.54 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 93 ratings

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Adam Rubin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many critically acclaimed picture books, including Dragons Love Tacos, the Those Darn Squirrels trilogy, Gladys the Magic Chicken, High Five, Robo-Sauce, Secret Pizza Party and El Chupacabras, which won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2020. Adam's first collection of short stories, The Ice Cream Machine, will be available from Putnam in 2021. Aside from writing, he enjoys hiking, optical illusions, and magic tricks. His favorite color is blue, his favorite food is fried chicken, and his favorite animal is the otter. You can visit Adam at or follow him on Twitter @rubingo.

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