The Toothpaste Millionaire

The Toothpaste Millionaire

by Jean Merrill

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Overview

Sixth-grader Rufus Mayflower doesn't set out to become a millionaire. He just wants to save on toothpaste. Betting he can make a gallon of his own for the same price as one tube from the store, Rufus develops a step-by-step production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey. By the time he reaches the eighth grade, Rufus makes more than a gallon—he makes a million! This fun, breezy story set in 1960s Cleveland, Ohio contains many real-life mathematical problems which the characters must solve to succeed in their budding business. Includes black-and-white illustrations by Jan Palmer.

This edition includes an exclusive author interview and reader's guide with book summary and discussion questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618759255
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/04/2006
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 82,609
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author


Jean Merrill is the award-winning author of over thirty books for children, including The Superlative Horse, The Black Sheep, and the wellknown satirical novel The Pushcart War.

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The Toothpaste Millionaire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
staram on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this (in hardcover) as an 11-year-old in the seemingly-forbidden halls of the local secondary school's library. This is THE book to charge a kid's minds with visions of entrepreneurship.There's an eyebrow-raising where-is-this-coming-from bomb plot diversion, which disappears as soon as it arrives. This, I think, is the book's only low point.Excellent book. This book always comes to mind whenever I have to remember how many dozens are in a gross.
visionary_damsel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, with plenty of drama and excitement. The basic plot is that a boy and his (girl) friend start a toothpaste business. Along the way, "standard" toothpaste corporate executives try bribery, conspiracy, and other plotting against the two, but in the end, the good guys win. I recommend this book highly, but do think that children should not be writing final exams for their classmates. I also wish that the boy, Rufus, would not be sending notes so much in math class to Kate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was in fifth grade and i loved it!!! i can't wait for my son and i to read it. My husband remembers reading it in school also. This book has held a true test of time! i strongly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teacher read it to me, and it was an outstanding book! This author really explains the story in a understandble way, and I appreciate the fact that she makes the story so rich. I loved the book. I hope there are more books like this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Toothpaste Millionaire is a great book about a 12 year old boy named Rufus Mayflower that invents better toothpaste. Then he runs through some obsticals trying to turn his toothpaste into a huge business, such as finding tubes and a machine to fill his tubes with toothpaste. I highly recommend this book to children who understand the business industry as well as the Stock Market.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! It really helps escpecially if your learning about the stock market like I am. It was fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really terific book. Its so funny and rufus is a genius. Its fiction yet all the steps as complicated and far-fetched as they are all fit together.