Reviews for Kids Guide to Money Cent$
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Each spread begins with cartoony panels featuring the Money Cent$ Gang, three friends working on a school report about money while navigating the temptations of the material world. Facing pages consist of straightforward information about money, fun facts, tips, quizzes, and hypothetical dilemmas. The often-punning text strains too hard to be cool, but there's no denying that the book makes cents. Ind. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 January
Beginning with an explanation of what money is, this book tells-with humor, fun illustrations, and actual examples-what children need to know about money. There are short illustrated chapters on budgeting for goals, shopping, banks, credit cards, playing the stock market, fake money, and much more. Readers can take a quiz to find their money personality, do puzzles, and review checklists. The "Buyer Beware" chapter warns against scams and sales gimmicks. Children will especially enjoy the chapter called "Kid Philanthropists." This book would be a good resource to use for money units, as well as for helping kids understand fundraisers, business, and stock markets. Recommended. Susan Black, Librarian, Arlee (Montana) Elementary School © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 March #4
Kids get a lesson in managing their money in the paper-over-board The Kids' Guide to Money Cent$ by Keltie Thomas, illus. by Steve MacEachern. Readers follow three students with different spending and saving habits. As they prepare a report for school, the trio (and readers) learns about managing cash flow, getting a job, banking and credit cards, as well as scams. Quizzes (e.g., "What's Your Money Personality?"), sidebars, tips (called "2 Worth"), and historical trivia help to demonstrate the points. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 July
Gr 4-7-As a social-studies assignment, Alicia, Dan, and Jeff form the Money Cent$ Gang and embark on a journey into the world of consumerism, banks, credit cards, philanthropy, employment, and the stock market. Complex subjects are presented in short, easy-to-understand chapters. Thomas includes realistic examples of banking issues, quizzes, and suggestions on earning money and starting a business. Explanations are clear, concise, and age appropriate. Comic-strip scenes show the characters conversing through dialogue balloons about the various topics and provide specific examples (e.g., Jeff gets scammed when he answers an ad and doesn't receive the merchandise he thought was promised). The accessible layout and colorful cartoon artwork will grab readers' attention. Report writers and budding entrepreneurs will welcome this book. Even if you already own Gail Karlitz's Growing Money (Price Stern Sloan, 2001), you'll still want to add it.-Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.