FICTION

Spend It!

Nancy Paulsen Bks Penguin/. (A Moneybunny Book). Mar. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399544460.
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PreS-Gr 1–In this financial follow-up to Earn It!, Sonny earns three carrots every Saturday for his allowance. Sonny declares that he wants “to buy EVERYTHING,” which includes a toy rocket, a pogo stick, and a bouncy castle. Sonny’s mom is quick to point out that bunnies can’t buy everything with three carrots, and that he is going to have to choose: “Making a choice helps you see what’s really important to you.” His mom explains how much each item costs, and reasons that Sonny already has “lots of toys.” Ultimately, Sonny excitedly decides to buy the pogo stick for three carrots. The text is presented in a childlike, penciled handwriting, and the bright, energetic illustrations convey the action and add to the sense of story and character.
VERDICT A welcome story about smart spending. Recommended for purchase for large picture book collections

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