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'Nacho Money' is the fictional narrative of Max, who decodes the secret of money. In the story, he uses and loses things and money that are not his own. Max has to pay the price as he learns about trust, friendship and responsibility - financially and otherwise. Family relationships, humor and real adult money words like 'asset' and 'layaway' make the book interesting. Discussion questions and word scrambles round out the book to keep the money conversation going with the little tycoon in your life.

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Nacho Money 'It's not your money!'

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Overview

'Nacho Money' is the fictional narrative of Max, who decodes the secret of money. In the story, he uses and loses things and money that are not his own. Max has to pay the price as he learns about trust, friendship and responsibility - financially and otherwise. Family relationships, humor and real adult money words like 'asset' and 'layaway' make the book interesting. Discussion questions and word scrambles round out the book to keep the money conversation going with the little tycoon in your life.

Nacho Money is Volume 4 of the "Can I Have Some Money?" book series by Candi Sparks and introduces two new writers. The illustrations feature the work of Bill Graf and illustrate the story with charm and wit.
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Editorial Reviews

Judy Cullins
If only I had read "Nacho Money" when my son was young. It's such a fun book for kids about money, friendship and trust. The book teaches children the adult language of money. I love the character Max who uses his piggy bank assests to get a cash advance on his allowance to offset his loans. Max is clever, smart and has the support of his family and friends as he decodes the secret to money. 'Nacho Money' is a great addition to the "Can I Have Some Money?" book series by Candi Sparks.
-Judy
Susola Book Lover
There are very few financial folks who can share a good way to talk to your kids about money, much less make it fun for them. Candi Sparks is not only one of them, but she and her sons, Dillon and Kelvin Jr., wrote this book together. It's a great tale about a young man learning his first lessons about money, beautifully written with gorgeous illustrations. Kids of all ages will find it fun and entertaining. Their parents will find it a godsend. Read all the books in the series!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014027816
  • Publisher: Sparks Fly
  • Publication date: 2/12/2012
  • Series: Can I Have Some Money? , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Candi Sparks created the "Can I Have Some Money?" book, workshop and entertainment series for children and the people that love them. The author has a financial background and the books simplify finance to a level that children can understand.

The author has been featured as a children's money expert by Parents.com, iVillage.com, Black Enterprise, The Atlanta Post and is a regular contributor to Wasabi Media Group and the Courier News Group and other online and print publications.

"Can I Have Some Money?" won the author an invitation to a meet the members of the U.S. President's Council For Financial Literacy and a meeting with former President William Clinton.

Most parents have a mental checklist of what skills children need, except in the area of money. "Can I Have Some Money?" helps raise financially savvy children.
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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Maximillion was confident about how things were going. Little di

    Maximillion was confident about how things were going. Little did he knows that small things when piled together will make his biggest problem. He lost the game disc of his best friend Emma, forgot to return the library books he borrowed, and used his brother’s money for treating his friends. Now, his report card is being withheld, he cannot get his prizes of game station and sneakers from his mother and grandmother respectively, and worst of all, his friendship with Emma is at stake. He was forced to make a decision and enter the world of the adult know-how in keeping track of his money. Max learned in the process the value of trust, promises, and money.

    A child’s mind can be pretty simple but the idea about money can get complicated. Sparks did very well introducing the basics of the money world in simpler terms that any children can easily understand. With fun illustrations and a penny of thought, she effortlessly summed up the worth of money in our life. This would be the very book mom should read to kids during the night.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

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    Cute, Funny, Clever, and Witty! A Valuable Resource for all Parents!!

    I have 4 children, so this was a fun book to read and review for all of us!
    Our 2 middle children, ages, 5 and 8 (almost 9), are both excited about having money, having the freedom to buy things, and they love being at an age to receive an allowance. Although they may not always receive an allowance lol.
    this book is about, Max, a 10 year old who is starting to understand the concept of money and borrowing and paying back. It all starts with a video game disc he borrowed from a friend, Emma, that he said he would borrow for just a week... and it ended up being a month. So, she asks for it back one morning at school, and that's when the whole day went crazy!
    His teacher gave him a bill for library books, rather then his report card, again, something he borrowed and didn't return on time..then he has a $10 from his big brother in his pocket and decides to use that for some pizza with his friends.
    This is such a common issue with kids, and the only way for them to learn about money and borrowing and returning, is to learn from mistakes, (ok, and well maybe a little help from mom;) Believe me, we have made mistakes in the past with our kids, bailing them out way to many times, but there has to be a line somewhere where you just kind of let them figure it out on their own. Not only does this build character and independence, but you are allowing them to grow and learn some of the most important aspects of life. This is something they will be thanking you for, for years to come!
    When I was in grade school, we didn't learn much about money, other then coins and of course the math part. We never really learned about how much things cost compared to how much you have, (assets, and liabilities) I thought the clever way this story was written, and the cool little character, Max, (who is pretty much like other kids his age), is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and anybody who has a kid in their lives. This is a valuable lesson, and not just about money either!
    Max also learns about how it feels when you don't return something on time, (Emma's game), and the library books. (which cause him to not get the game station he wanted so badly!) He also gets an earful from his big brother, who really was counting on his money (the ten that Max figured he could borrow for pizza), and then mom helps explain what went wrong and offered a super good solution! But,just like other kids, Max kind of didn't do his 2 weeks of free chores to pay his mom back for the loan, and he ended up having to do a little bit more then what he had to do. If only Max, would have done his chores in the first place, but instead he decided to hang out with his brother. (sound familiar??)
    We read this story a few times over, I am going to be looking into more of these very valuable lessons from this author, and I believe we are going to grab copies of each! This was so clearly written, and I know my children understood! (Well, at least for the days that we read the book! We have to have some of this author's books on the shelves, just for reminding them again and again. They certainly remember Max though, and the hilarious joke, cheesy joke, that made the title of this book so funny!! (Especially our almost 9 year old, he loves jokes, especially the cheesy ones!!)

    ** We received a copy of this book in return for our honest review **

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    How much do I wish I had this book when my kids were young? A lo

    How much do I wish I had this book when my kids were young? A lot, a lot!

    Nacho Money “It’s Not Your Money!!”, by author Candi Sparks, is the 4th installment of a very clever series of books – “Can I Have Some Money?”. All of the books are geared towards teaching about finance in a way they can easily understand.

    With 7 children in our home, teaching them how to handle money properly has always been difficult. Thankfully, all of our children like money enough that they got jobs as soon as they turned 16 yrs old! But I would have loved to have this book so I could start teaching them the basics of handling money early in their life.

    This book revolves around Max, who begins to lose money and friends based on a series of small mishaps. He loses his best friend Emmas game, uses his brothers money for frivolous treats for his friends and when he forgets to return his library books, his report card is withheld. Without that report card, he can’t get all the great stuff his Grandma promised him and without Emma, he losses his best friend. He then finds himself in big trouble as they all start to pile up.

    He is super clever and he decodes the secret to money and figures out how to handle his money quick so he can salvage his friendships, return money to his brother, and build peoples trust back.

    This book is fabulous and introduces adult financial words in such a subtle way that kids won’t even know they are learning life lessons. I have not read the other installments in this series, but will most likely pick those up as well. Great Job!

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