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  • Writer's pictureAimee Satterlee

Erno Rubik And His Magic Cube

The first picture book biography of the creator of the popular puzzle cube, ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE, debuts June 11, 2024 from author Kerry Aradhya, illustrator Kara Kramer, and publisher Peachtree!

"A solitary child, Erno Rubik grew up in post-World War II Hungary obsessed with puzzles, art, nature, and the underlying patterns and structures. He became a professor of art, architecture, and design, who was still fascinated with how objects work together, sometimes becoming greater than their components. In a quest to help his students understand three-dimensional objects and how they move—not to mention a desire to entertain himself—he fashioned a cube whose pieces twisted and turned without breaking, and unexpectedly invented the Rubik's Cube, the most popular puzzle in history, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024."

When I first saw this book cover, I was immediately hooked. Kara's art looks so effortlessly cool and current, yet nostalgic at the same time. And when I learned that this was the first picture book biography of Rubik, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the puzzle cube, I must give a big hand to Kerry. Impeccable timing! Whether you solved it, threw it, disassembled it, or even peeled the stickers off trying to "solve" it, the Rubik's cube is such a well-known toy that is part of childhood and beyond. Kirkus calls the book, "A whimsical tribute to the maker of the famous, frustrating, and absorbing puzzle." Learning about Rubik's obsession, imagination, and engineering process behind his clever invention will prove captivating to readers.

I know what you are thinking, this is the most obvious BOOK + GIFT combo ever...but just like a Rubik's Cube, there are many twists and turns and over 43 quintillion possible configurations...

Young Erno Rubik was curious about geometric shapes --- "How many ways could he fit them together?"

ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE by Kerry Aradhya and Kara Kramer


And one more configuration...

Kerry has generously offered to give away a copy of ERNO RUBIK AND HIS MAGIC CUBE! Please go to my X (Twitter) to enter the giveaway and Instagram for an extra chance at winning this informative BOOK!



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