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*Pretty Penny Cleans Up* by Devon Kinch
Also by Devon Kinch:

Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop
Pretty Penny Cleans Up
by Devon Kinch
Ages 4+ 40 pages Random House January 2012 Hardcover    

There was a special reason why I had to review Pretty Penny Cleans Up: the delightful lead character reminds me so much of Marlo Thomas from “That Girl,” one of my generation’s favorite TV sitcoms. But this Pretty Penny is indeed her own person in this delightful story geared towards young readers ages 4 to 8.

Author and designer/illustrator Devon Kinch came up with the idea for this second book in a series while repairing her relationship with money after years of accruing major debt. The story follows the creative lead character as she sets about to solve various money problems and learn about saving, earning money, how to budget, and even something as profound as the difference between wanting material things and NEEDING them.

In this case, Penny starts up her own business, the La Perfect Pup Salon, as a way to raise some money. Via the adorable character and her colorful antics, kids can learn about how to make and save money so that they can become the young entrepreneurs of tomorrow. It’s all great fun, too, without being too preachy or so boringly educational that young children will find it a snooze fest.

I adored this book and love the idea of combining a totally unique and fun character with a real strong and educational message that not only will entertain youngsters but set them on a solid path of financial goals early in life. I wish I had known Pretty Penny when I was young. I might have learned to save a pretty penny or two instead of spending them all on candy at the corner store!

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