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Lawn Boy Paperback – March 24, 2009
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The main character is a 12-year-old boy. His grandmother gives him a riding lawn mower for his birthday. She says it was his late grandfather's mower. Miracle of all miracles, the thing actually works, and he sets about mowing their pitiful excuse for a yard.
When he finishes the yard, a neighbor wonders if he can get his own lawn mowed. Soon he's mowing for the whole neighborhood. In a few short days, he has over three hundred dollars stuffed in his pockets.
Arnold, a stay-at-home stockbroker, would like his lawn mowed; but he admits to being short on cash. He offers a deal -- mow his lawn and he'll invest the cost of the mowing in the stock market and hopefully increase the investment. Boy, does he!
Before he knows it, he has a growing business and more money than he can even imagine. He has a stock portfolio that would be the envy of any businessperson. And just think, his only dream at the start of the summer was to have enough to afford a new inner tube for his bike tire.
The problem now is how do you break it to your parents that in five short weeks you have tons of money? Will they believe you?
Gary Paulsen has done it yet again. His die-hard fans will like the story, and reluctant readers will find it a quick and satisfying read. It's also a terrific read-aloud that will have them laughing and teach them a little about capitalism in the bargain.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
And it was well written and engaging enough as stories go. And it was nice and short, so as not to scare kid readers.
But the story was a TERRIBLE example. The kid starts off working a few lawns and then hires an exmployee. Well enough. Then he bets his profits on penny stocks, buys a contract of a boxer, and gets into a fight with the local mafia. WHAT? The heroic climax is when his prizefighter bloodies the local hoods. The boy and the boy's parents show a disturbing disregard for the law and happiness about the violence. And oh by the way, it turns out his business was successful because he hires illegal immigrants who need an American front-man, even a 12-year old boy.
And then the happy ending is that he speculates AGAIN on penny stocks and turns $40 into $500K. What the kind of example is that??? THIS is how we get rich in America?
There is also a weird recurring gag where he drinks drugged tea with his hippie stockbroker - I am not making this up.
There was LITTLE TO ZERO redeeming value to this book. It does not inspire children to do the right thing.
Do not buy this book and keep your kids AWAY from it.
A short paragraph about the previous lawn mower in the neighborhood (evidently not a child) running off with the wife of one of his customers was unnecessary. I would have preferred this idea not be introduced and I read past it without drawing attention to it.
When it comes to money, emotions are always involved. The boy continually frets about telling his parents how much money he's earned because he worries his parents will feel bad and he will be bragging. His emotions also play a role in sacrificing summer vacation and fun when working to make a profit. There is a fair amount of humor through out the book and characters are added slowly making it easier for children to distinguish and remember who is who. My son was definitely looking forward to reading the next chapter each night.
Woven into the story are the concepts of shares of stock, a stockbroker, fees, commissions, partnerships, employees, competition, and more. When you are looking for something entertaining to begin teaching your child about finances, try this engaging book.
The other nice thing about this book is that it is contemporary to their lives, many of the books we have read in book club are great works of litature but they were written a lot of years before their time. This was a book that talked about current tv shows and things have happened in recent times.
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Do not purchase this book if you are wanting to learn more about starting a lawn mowing business.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My grandson and I both loved this book. It was a lot of fun and since we read this, we ordered Lawn Boy Returns and 3 other Gary Paulson books.Published 2 months ago by Camille Jaros
A great story for a preteen boy that will keep them turning the pages.Published 2 months ago by TJ McG
Gary Paulsen, as an author was recommended to us by my son's fifth grade teacher. After reading "Mudshark" on his own, I was intrigued to find other books by this author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer
Book was filled with great events and I thought the story line was great! I think that I might even invest in some stocks!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer