In Business with Mallory

In Business with Mallory

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by Laurie Friedman, Barbara Pollak
     
 

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Mallory McDonald has her eye on the perfect purse, but it's too expensive and Mallory's mom is not buying! So Mallory comes up with the perfect plan to get the perfect purse. She'll just start a business! Yet starting a business isn't as easy as it seems. Mallory finally earns enough to buy what she wants. But if her business is such as success, why does Mallory feel…  See more details below

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Mallory McDonald has her eye on the perfect purse, but it's too expensive and Mallory's mom is not buying! So Mallory comes up with the perfect plan to get the perfect purse. She'll just start a business! Yet starting a business isn't as easy as it seems. Mallory finally earns enough to buy what she wants. But if her business is such as success, why does Mallory feel like such a failure?

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Children's Literature
Another Mallory McDonald book, and this time she is dying to have the "Perfect Purse," an accessory item she and her friend Mary Ann see on their favorite television show. Mary Ann gets her mother to buy one, but Mallory does not have the same sort of luck with her own parents. So she decides to make her own money and throws herself into various unsuccessful entrepreneurial pursuits, until she and Mary Ann come up with a plan to create a beauty salon in Mallory's bedroom. After the money is made, however, Mallory is torn between buying a birthday present for her brother Max, or spending the money on the purse. Though the story seems overly simple at first—and drags—it becomes more complex as it progresses. One side theme is Mallory's balancing act between her two best friends, and another is the antagonistic relationship she has with her brother. Her mother, as well, plays a large role, but readers are apt to find her pedantic and wish Mallory were free to come to her own realizations without the guilt and strong maternal hand. Mallory is made to feel horrible for offering only a handmade card to her brother for his birthday, but it is unclear what else she is normally expected to do, given that she has had no prior income until this one successful business venture at age nine. Fashion- and coif-loving under-tens will enjoy this cute read the most. Illustrations and design are really fun and well-done. 2006, Carolrhoda, Ages 7 to 10.
—Jane Harrington
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Mallory McDonald, now nine, wants the "Perfect Purse." Her friend Mary Ann has one, and if they both had one it would be perfect perfect perfect! The only problem-her parents refuse to buy it. When her grandmother suggests that she earn her own money, Mallory comes up with a host of business ideas. They all fail miserably until she and Mary Ann open a beauty salon that generates the needed funds. Then, when she goes to purchase the purse, she is torn-should she really buy something so expensive, or is the money better spent on her brother's birthday gift? The message is pretty blatant, but that doesn't make the story any less enjoyable. It stays on course the entire time, and Mallory grows through her experience, feeling sadness, happiness, envy, and regret. The illustrations are dark and bold, and interesting to look at. From the characterizations to the visuals, this chapter book is a winner.-Diane Eddington, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822565611
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Mallory Series
Pages:
159
Sales rank:
471,130
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Laurie Friedman is the author of the Mallory series, as well as the picture books I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House and Love, Ruby Valentine. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with her husband and two children.

Barbara Pollak is the illustrator of several books for young people including several titles in the Mallory series. Ms. Pollak lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco, California.

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In Business with Mallory 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
IrvineCanyonViewMom More than 1 year ago
The entire series is awesome and entertaining for an 8 year old. If your daughter enjoyed Junie B Jones, Katie Kazoo, Judy Moody, Beverly Cleary, and Abby Hayes, well she's going to enjoy this entire series as well. I have purchased almost the entire series because my daughter loves the story lines. And she's also relating it to her life too and comparing her life situation. Book is also good in how to resolve conflicts with friends. Definitely recommend and the entire series! Not a bad book out there by Laurie Friedman!
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