Title: Lawn Boy Returns
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Concepts: child schooling and work, entrepreneur, good/services, investment, markets, money/banking, profit
In this sequel to Lawn Boy (also reviewed by EconKids), Lawn Boy is back and the world has taken noticed! His sudden wealth and his sponsorship of prizefighter Joey Pow leads to media requests for interviews and girls on his front lawn waiting for autographs. However, it’s also resulted in an IRS audit and some shady characters coming out of the woodwork to exploit Lawn Boy and Joey Pow. Lawn Boy and his ever-growing team of employees have to figure out a way to deal with these crises.
Each chapter of the book begins with business or economic terminology, with those concepts then explored through the happenings of the chapter. For instance, the chapter titled “The Recognition of a Diminishing Rate of Return” introduces the concept of an IRS audit and the possibility that Lawn Boy’s assets might be frozen.
Like it’s predecessor, Lawn Boy Returns is a story full of business and economic concepts that’s told in a hilarious way so most young readers will be unaware they are learning at the same time they are amused by Lawn Boy’s various adventures and his ironic sense of humor.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children