Title: Victor & Al on the Quest for Video Games
Author: Maria Elena Paladini
Illustrator: Matteo Andreoli
Publisher: Gryps Books
Concepts: saving, earning money, profit, wants and needs, prices
Review: Best buds Al and Victor were just eight years old, but they knew what they wanted and each had a distinct way of getting there. This time they decided they wanted something different to do after school, and a new video console and video games seemed like the perfect solution. They had each saved quite a bit of money, and pooled together they found they had quite a sum, with $150 to spend. Unfortunately, a trip to the mall led to the disappointing discovery that they would need another $100. How would these two calculating crocodiles come up with the difference?
Bright illustrations, humorous characters, and straightforward text bring to life some important lessons about saving and earning money, as well as generating a profit from making a good and selling it at the market. The book makes a useful resource for parents and teachers seeking to help youngsters better understand the economic world around them.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children