I wrote Dragons Love Tacos (and my new book THE ICE CREAM MACHINE comes out tomorrow) ask me anything!
Hi there reddit, I'm Adam Rubin, author of Dragons Love Tacos, Those Darn Squirrels, Robo-Sauce, Gladys the Magic Chicken, High Five, El Chupacabras... and a bunch of other picture books for kids. A handful of those have been New York Times bestsellers, a couple have even won fancy awards but I put Dragons Love Tacos in the title because it's sold a few million copes and anyone with kids under 10 has probably had to read it a hundred more times than they would have liked (I'm sorry).
MORE Proof: https://imgur.com/a/1SSlcyo
EVEN MORE PROOF: https://imgur.com/a/CEk1EJa
My first "big" book comes out tomorrow. It's 400 pages aimed at 8-12 year olds who might be ready for a wordier read. The book is called THE ICE CREAM MACHINE and it's a collection of six totally different stories that all share the same title ("The Ice Cream Machine"): https://bookshop.org/books/the-ice-cream-machine/9780593325797
Each story has a different plot/genre/setting, different characters, even a different illustrator. I tried my best to make them all funny and exciting and I hope you and your kids enjoy reading them but at the end of the book, there's an invitation for young readers to write *their own* version of "The Ice Cream Machine" and my real hope is to inspire kids to share their fearless creativity with the world before the adolescent shackles of comparison clamp down their unadulterated imaginations.
I put some writing tips in the book to encourage first time authors and I even included my mailing address so that kids can share their stories with me. I really do want to read whatever they come up with. Heck, the dust jacket of the book comes off and folds into an envelope that already has my address on it: https://twitter.com/Rubingo/status/1490093508044234752?s=20&t=HBIe4CXliYu-hHTdoUcOAg
If enough kids send in their stories before the end of the school year I'll publish the best ones in the paperback edition! Know a creative kid? Get 'em a copy of THE ICE CREAM MACHINE and who knows? This time next year, they might be a published author...
Well, that's the shameless plug for the new book but I'm happy to answer questions about any of the others or whatever else you're curious about so ask away!
UPDATE: Thanks for all the great questions everyone! I've been typing for almost 7 hours now so I think it's time to call it quits for the day and go get some ice cream.