Title: Two Little Boys From Toolittle Toys
Author: Vincent X. Kirsch
Concepts: producers, consumers, jobs, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs
Review: Rudy Toolittle and his younger brother Ridley have the kind of job that most children only dream about: every weekend they test newly developed toys in the laboratory of their family’s toy company. These toys are no ordinary toys, though, since they can actually play with children just as children play with them.
One day Rudy decides he is too old to play with toys. He would rather take them apart to see how they work while little Ridley keeps out of the way with his child’s play. When the entire process goes completely awry, Rudy learns the hard way that hands-on testing plays an important role in product development. How on earth will he mange to put everything back together?
With its wry humor and whimsical illustrations, this book offers young readers a fun-filled opportunity to think about some of the ingredients behind rewarding jobs and successful family businesses.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children