Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This story is a relatable way for young children to begin thinking about having and donating money. Chummy gets 10 carrots (money) for his birthday and needs to decide how to spend it. He talks through a few scenarios with his Gran where he spends all of the money on himself, and then gets some ideas for how to spend his money to help others. The funny cartoon illustrations and handwritten font add to the appeal for young children. This is the fourth book in the Moneybunny series about finances (Earn It, Spend It, and Save It).
Anything you did not like about the book. Chummy’s final decision to give all of his money is not realistic for young children looking to donate their money – I wish he had gone with the option to spend some on himself and donate some. The story is also very didactic.
To whom would you recommend this book? Children who are first learning about and making decisions about money. I think this would be best read one-on-one with a child amidst a discussion about spending and donating money in their own lives. It could also be used to practice word problems and basic addition and subtraction facts.
Who should buy this book? Public librarians, elementary school librarians
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts
Date of review: Oct. 12, 2020