Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop

Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop

Devon Kinch
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House, 2010   ISBN: 978-0375867354

Penny is a little girl who has “big ideas.” Among other things, she has written a novel and held a dog fashion show. Now she needs another big idea because she has no money and she wants to give Bunny, her grandmother, a birthday party.

Thankfully, a big idea finally comes along. Bunny has an attic full of stuff and Penny asks if she can “turn the attic into a shopping mall.” Bunny loves the idea because she will be glad to get rid of all her miscellaneous and unwanted bits and pieces. Penny then gets to work, because hosting a sale takes some organization.

In this cleverly written picture book, children will meet a character who will show them some financial basics. They will see how Penny prices items, how she sells them, how she saves the money she earns, and how she spends it. Best of all, they will see how a child can use her wits to give something to someone she loves.