Ernő Rubik and His Magic Cube
llustrator: Kara Kramer
Publisher: Peachtree (May 14, 2024)
Grade level: Preschool to 3+
Hardcover: 32 pages
2024 Junior Library Guild Selection
The first picture book biography of Ernő Rubik, the creator of the Rubik's Cube, reveals the obsession, imagination, and engineering process behind the creation of this bestselling puzzle, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024.
A solitary child, Ernő Rubik grew up in post-World War II Hungary, curious about puzzles, art, nature, and their underlying patterns and structures. He became a professor of architecture and design who was still fascinated with how objects work, sometimes becoming something greater than their components. In a quest to help his students understand three-dimensional objects and how they move, he fashioned a cube made up of smaller cubes that twisted and turned without breaking, unexpectedly inventing the most popular puzzle in history!