Book Reviews by Jonny

Kids Get Rich: Teaching Children the Secrets to Wealth and Success by Gina and George Plytas is a well-written, easy to read handbook for how to effectively manage money. It references some statistics about the typical use of money in Canada, but the information it discusses for achieving financial independence is relevant no matter where readers live. The book has a neat layout and is clearly organized into six simple steps. It covers the basics about budgeting, spending, credit, saving, investing, and giving in a friendly, upbeat way.

If you’re looking for a book that is quick and entertaining to read, Doomy Prepper’s Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse is one to pick! Doomsday Prepper, Doomy for short, is having a bad day at school when he notices pink, green, and white lights flashing in the sky on his way to the principal’s office. Anytime he mentions seeing the lights, he can’t understand why the adults act weird, and his sister makes fun of him. He’s really relieved that his best friend, Peter Peterson, believes him.

Dig: The Search for Dinosaurs is a fantastic book about author Stuart Plotkin's summer adventures during ten years of uncovering dinosaur bones with experienced paleontologists in Canada, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Interested in dinosaurs from the time he was a boy, he realized many books about dinosaurs are either simple picture books or overly complex textbooks that are hard to understand. As a result, his “just right” book is interesting, easy to read, and incredibly informative.

In The Incredible Adventures of Absolutely Normal, cousins Samuel and Albert are living together after the death of Albert’s father. Since Albert’s mother needs family support, Samuel’s mom reorganizes their house, moves Samuel to an attic bedroom, and lets Albert use Samuel’s old room. Both boys are 10 to 11 years old, but that’s where the commonalities end. Samuel Christopher McCubbins seems almost perfect, while Albert Robert Thomas Jackson is as ordinary as can be.

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