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Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine
Great Idea Series
By (author): Monica Kulling Illustrated by: Renne Benoit
9781770497962 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical Jan 10, 2017
$9.50 CAD
Active 8 x 9.97 x 0.16 in 32 pages FULL-COLOUR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
Now in paperback. Meet Frank Zamboni, whose determination and persistence led to his invention of the now-famous Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine.

When Frank Zamboni, along with his brother and cousin, opened his own skating rink in 1940 in Paramount, California, it could take an hour and a half for a crew to resurface the ice. They had to level the surface by shaving down the pits and grooves with a tractor, remove the shavings, wash the ice and find a way to give the rink its shining finish. Skaters became exasperated with the wait, so Frank was determined to do something about it. Could he turn a ninety-minute job for five men into a ten-minute task for only one? Working in the shed behind his ice rink, Frank drew designs and built models of machines he hoped would do the job. For nine years, he worked on his invention, each model an improvement on the one before. Finally, in 1949, Frank tested the Model A, which “cleaned the ice in one sweep around the rink.” The rest is history.

AWARD-WINNING SERIES: The Great Ideas books have been finalists for the Forest of Reading Awards and the Governor General’s Award, and have appeared on several “best of the year” lists.

NON-FICTION FORMAT: There are very few picture book biographies for this age group on the market and this new TR format offers a friendly price point.


KID APPEAL: Kids (and adults) are fascinated by machines like Zambonis!

FUN FACTS: Zamboni machines are on every continent except Antarctica.

DYNAMIC AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR TEAM: Kulling’s fascinating text works in tandem with Benoit’s gorgeous watercolour illustrations.

MONICA KULLING is a poet who has published over forty books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels and biographies. Known for introducing biography for children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Henry Ford, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, among others. Her award-winning Great Idea Series features biographies of inventors and their captivating inventions. She is also the author of Merci Mister Dash! and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. Visit her website at

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Author Hometown: Chilliwack, British Columbia

RENNÉ BENOIT is an acclaimed illustrator who grew up in Nepean, Ontario. She studied graphic design, but soon realized that her passion was for illustrating children's books. Her titles have won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, and Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award. Her award nominations include the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, the Blue Spruce Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. She is the illustrator of Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay. Visit her website at

Illustrator Residence: St. Thomas, Ontario

Illustrator Hometown: Nepean, Ontario

Publicity: School & library advertising

Featured title at major conferences: OLA and RFTLOI, ALA and BEA

Great Ideas series poster available

National feature and review attention

LibraryThing Early Reviewer giveaways

Author Website: |

PRAISE FOR Spic-and-Span!:

“In Spic-and-Span, Monica Kulling tells Gilbreth’s life story with warmth and clarity.” —The Boston Globe

“This engaging picture-book biography details the many accomplishments of Lillian Gilbreth…Kulling deftly describes early twentieth-century social, physical, and technical conditions that presented challenges to productivity in both public and private settings, and she explains how Gilbreth’s innovations improved conditions, creating context so that young readers can appreciate the extent of her contributions…. Student researchers might also enjoy other titles in the Great Idea series…”—Booklist

PRAISE FOR Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion:

“The text is complemented beautifully with Benoit’s artwork rendered in watercolours and gouache. The gentle wash of colours is soft and expressive…captures the ambience of a time, long ago. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Renné Benoit’s subtle gouache and watercolour illustrations are perfectly attuned….”—The Globe and Mail

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