Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

by Gary Paulsen
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LAWN BOY provides some quick entertainment. It's a very manageable read at less than 90 pages. Readers are treated to quite a few laughs and a little business education.

The main character is a 12-year-old boy. His grandmother gives him a riding lawn mower for his birthday. She says it was his late grandfather's mower. Miracle of all miracles, the thing actually works, and he sets about mowing their pitiful excuse for a yard.

When he finishes the yard, a neighbor wonders if he can get his own lawn mowed. Soon he's mowing for the whole neighborhood. In a few short days, he has over three hundred dollars stuffed in his pockets.

Arnold, a stay-at-home stockbroker, would like his lawn mowed; but he admits to being short on cash. He offers a deal - mow his lawn and he'll invest the cost of the mowing in the stock market and hopefully increase the investment. Boy, does he!

Before he knows it, he has a growing business and more money than he can even imagine. He has a stock portfolio that would be the envy of any businessperson. And just think, his only dream at the start of the summer was to have enough to afford a new inner tube for his bike tire.

The problem now is how do you break it to your parents that in five short weeks you have tons of money? Will they believe you?

Gary Paulsen has done it yet again. His die-hard fans will like the story, and reluctant readers will find it a quick and satisfying read. It's also a terrific read-aloud that will have them laughing and teach them a little about capitalism in the bargain.
ATVBoy More than 1 year ago
The book, Lawn Boy, by Gary Paulsen begins when a boy gets a lawn mower for his 12th birthday. One lawn leads to another and before he knew it he had his own lawn business. He teams up with others to expand his business. He even enlists a stock broker named Arnold who helps him find new riches other than mowing lawns. Before he knows it he is sponsoring a prize fighter who will bring more riches to the boy and his family. This boy really knows how to turn piles of grass into a mound of cash. He learns the real value of his grandfathers words: "take care of your tools and they will take care of you". A great book with great lessons. I recommend this book to any kid who has ever dreamed of starting their own business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Economics is theme topic for this book. Excellent idea to promote savings & investments w/children. Outstanding money-management story for children and adults. On recent road trip, used both BN Lawn Boy (Paperback) w/Lawn Boy I-Tunes Audiobook-MP3 for 7th grade female student passenger. Although initially resistant priding herself on ability to read alone, she became quickly absorbed with audio/visual following along w/BN (Paperback) while listening to Audiobook on IPod w/car stereo speakers. As driver, I was able to listen to Audiobook while driving. A tribute to Lawn Boy was capturing our interest w/characters and story. Although we didn't finish the book together on trip, 7th grade student stuffed the paperback in her new Hollister tote bag and finished reading the book alone at grandma's house. I finished listening to the Audiobook on IPod. Recommendations: BN Lawn Boy (Paperback) & Lawn Boy Audiobook-MP3
Guest More than 1 year ago
One day a twelve year old boy gets a lawn mower from his grandmother for his birthday. It belonged to his grandfather who said ¿take care of your tools and they will take care of you.¿ Little did he know what that would entail. He begins mowing lawns within his neighborhood and then before he realizes it, his business has expanded. He meets Arnold, a stockbroker, who then becomes not only his business investor, but a friend as well. In the end, not only does he sponsor a prize-fighter, have a stockbroker, employed several people in his ever expanding business, have close to five-hundred thousand dollars, and the summer isn¿t over! Gary Paulsen¿s story has many entrepreneurship lessons to be learned in this suspenseful and entertaining book. I highly recommend this for kids ages 9-13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A summer job is something that is getting you 50 dollars or less but not for this kid. Gary Paulsen¿s heartwarming and hilarious new book Lawn Boy is about a determined, hard working kid who lives in a poor family without much money. When he gets his grandfather¿s old lawn mower on his 12th birthday, he starts a summer job to make some money. Suddenly he is getting much more money than he thought would, and starts a business with a neighbor. When people resort to violence to stop the business it looks like it is the last of it, or is it¿ This book is a great for realistic fiction book lovers people that like funny books, and fans of Gray Paulsen¿s books. This book is definitely another well-written book from the award-winning author Gary Paulsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I overall thought that this was a great book! I read this book for school this year, and it reads well. It is easy to do book reports on, and the plot is simple, but the main character has some unexpected twists as he tries to earn money. One this I noticed was that the characters did not have very much depth. The only character that I could imagine meeting was Joseph Powdermilk. Even the main character did not show much emotion. Also, the climax of the story (the internal/external change) was not clear. I think that the author could have expanded more on the connection between the boy and the lawnmower. I think a good thing while reading this book is to have a dictionary or something next to you because some paragraphs can get a little... confusing. WARNING: very short book. Do not buy if a) you are a fast reader, b) you enjoy complex, long books, c) if you like to be able to connect with these characters, or d) all of the above. If you have checked off any of these, do not buy this book, as you will be dissapointed.
tldew More than 1 year ago
Paulsen's books are great! My sons are dyslexic, these books have been such motivation encouragement my youngest has gone from the lower 5% to the upper 97% in reading in just 1 semester, Thanks Gary!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, easy read, full of voice with great characterization. This would be a neat book to read with a class when teaching about economics or just for fun - maybe on those last few days of school before summer break.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LAWN BOY provides some quick entertainment. It¿s a very manageable read at less than 90 pages. Readers are treated to quite a few laughs and a little business education. The main character is a 12-year-old boy. His grandmother gives him a riding lawn mower for his birthday. She says it was his late grandfather¿s mower. Miracle of all miracles, the thing actually works, and he sets about mowing their pitiful excuse for a yard. When he finishes the yard, a neighbor wonders if he can get his own lawn mowed. Soon he¿s mowing for the whole neighborhood. In a few short days, he has over three hundred dollars stuffed in his pockets. Arnold, a stay-at-home stockbroker, would like his lawn mowed but he admits to being short on cash. He offers a deal - mow his lawn and he'll invest the cost of the mowing in the stock market and hopefully increase the investment. Boy, does he! Before he knows it, he has a growing business and more money than he can even imagine. He has a stock portfolio that would be the envy of any businessperson. And just think, his only dream at the start of the summer was to have enough to afford a new inner tube for his bike tire. The problem now is how do you break it to your parents that in five short weeks you have tons of money? Will they believe you? Gary Paulsen has done it yet again. His die-hard fans will like the story, and reluctant readers will find it a quick and satisfying read. It's also a terrific read-aloud that will have them laughing and teach them a little about capitalism in the bargain. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'
Anonymous 16 days ago
I learned a lot about stocks and money
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
It has been quite some time since I have read a Gary Paulsen book. Lawn Boy was a fun and engaging story that pulled me in right away. It was the whirlwind of a twelve-year-old boy's economic growth and success after receiving a lawn mower for his birthday. It was fast-paced and packed with humor. I enjoyed Lawn Boy and think that it will definitely spur me to revisit more books by Gary Paulsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It got all types of twists and turns SPOILER ALERNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A12 YEAR O?D BECOMES RICHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AND EVENTUALLY OWNS A PRIZEFIGHTER NAMED JOSEPH POWDERMILK WHICH BEATS UP ROCK AND HIS PEOPLE LIKE A BOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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NEPTUNE ELEMENTARY (!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book even good or is it to short Are they bad either way????????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is good but just 2 things, the book is way too short, only 58 pages and the mn character doesnt have a name. Otherwise good!!! -Thomas Carey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one read the book yet thats just sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ppppppppppppppppppp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and the next one and it is AMAZING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how in the beginig he cant find any money and then becomes rich
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible