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THE ICE CREAM MACHINE by Adam Rubin to be published February 2022


THE ICE CREAM MACHINE by Adam Rubin to be published February 2022


Adam Rubin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos and many other beloved picture books, will be publishing his debut middle grade work, THE ICE CREAM MACHINE, announced today by the Associated Press and G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book For Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. The book will have a first print run of 100,000 copies.

THE ICE CREAM MACHINE is a collection of short fiction. Each of the six different stories starts with the same title (“The Ice Cream Machine”) but that's where the similarities end. The genres range from sci-fi to fantasy to adventure—six distinct worlds within a multiverse of wild imagination. Rubin's trademark sense of humor is the connecting thread, making this book perfect for Sideways Stories fans and any reluctant reader in search of fresh laughs.

THE ICE CREAM MACHINE begins with an ode to creative writing and concludes with an invitation for readers to submit their own ice cream machine story, making this a sure fit for budding authors and creative writing curricula.

Rubin says, “My message to kids has always been “Reading is Fun.” But as my fans grow older, I want to show them that writing is where the real magic is. I hope to encourage young readers to write their own stories and share their imagination with the world.”


Stephanie Pitts, senior editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, says, “It is so rare to work on a book that is completely unlike any other, a true one-of-a-kind, and it has been an utter delight to help Adam realize his unique vision for this collection—six stories set in six different worlds, brought to life by six different illustrators. Each story is funny and smart, quirky and subversive. There’s truly something here for everyone—including sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary—all with loads of kid-friendly humor of course.”


Each story features black-and-white interior illustrations from a different artist, including Daniel Salmieri (Dragons Love Tacos), Charles Santoso (Ida, Always), Liniers (Good Night Planet), Emily Hughes (Wild), Nicole Miles (I Love You More than Plunder), and Seaerra Miller (Hilda and the Nowhere Space), making this book unlike any you've ever seen.


Rubin is a household name in the picture book world. Dragons Love Tacos and its sequel have more than five million copies sold. El Chupacabras won the 2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award. High Five was a Parents Best Book of 2019. Additionally, his books regularly appear on the New York Times bestseller list, with Dragons Love Tacos and High Five hitting #1. It’s clear that Adam has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his picture book work. His legions of fans will be thrilled to follow him into the middle-grade space with THE ICE CREAM MACHINE.


Grab a cup or a cone and watch out for brain freeze! You'll definitely want to save room for this treat.


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