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Owen Foote, money man
Greene, Stephanie.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2000]

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88 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ingenious eight-year-old Owen wants to make money for the things he absolutely needs, such as plastic vomit, but he tries to come up with some alternatives to earning an allowance, which sounds like too much work.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 2.0 44953.
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Owen has discovered an amazing catalog called "Junk You Never Knew About," and found a bunch of neat stuff to buy. The only trouble is, he's broke! How can he make some cash, quick? His parents are willing to give him an allowance, but that would mean doing all sorts of boring chores. Owen is sure there's a better way--all he needs is the perfect plan. With the help of his best friend, Joseph, Owen comes up with one money-making scheme after another, but--funny thing--he's still broke. Not till Owen changes his ideas about how to make money, and how to spend it, does the tide of fortune start to flow the other way. Owen Foote's new adventure makes a hilarious and fast-paced book, perfect for kids fascinated with the joys of getting and spending money.

Author Notes

Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003. Stephanie Greene is the author of many books for young readers, including the popular Owen Foote books. Ms. Greene lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her website is ."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. Third-grader Owen, last seen in Owen Foote, Frontiersman (1999), hopes to earn money so that he can purchase a whoopee cushion and some plastic vomit. An allowance seems out of the question, since his parents insist that he do regular chores to earn it, so he and best friend Joseph try other schemes, including a fishing video for kids and a pet-walking service. The results are discouraging until Owen's neighbor, Mr. White, elicits his help to build a backyard goldfish pond. After a sweaty afternoon and a job well done, Mr. White presents a surprised Owen with a crisp twenty-dollar bill. Greene's understanding of the concerns of eight-year-old children is as sharp as ever, and children are certain to appreciate Owen's problems with his parents and obnoxious older sister. A sure bet for beginning chapter-book readers, especially those seeking a humorous story. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Owen Foote is now eight years old and in dire need of funds. Since he received the catalog "Junk You Never Knew About," he realizes that he can not live without the plastic vomit, dog poop, and other assorted wonders advertised therein. When his guided tour of the wonder of toilets fails to impress his older sister and her friend (and nets only a quarter), the boy knows that he needs to change his moneymaking strategy. Mrs. Foote is no help, since she expects her son to work for his allowance. What's a third grader to do? Owen and his friend Joseph attempt to make a kid's fishing video and start a dog-walking business, both with hilarious results. Only when Owen volunteers to help his neighbor build a fish pond, though, does monetary reward unexpectedly come his way. Kid-friendly humor, good characterization, and a believable and fast-moving plot distinguish this book. The value of hard work, pride in a job well done, and a respect for money are seamlessly woven into the story and reinforced by caring adults. Irrepressible Owen grows up a little, and readers will laugh along the way. Although fans of the previous books will welcome Owen back, this one can be enjoyed on its own. Full-page black-and-white illustrations add to the fun. Libraries needing well-written, accessible beginning chapter books will profit from this selection.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Free Toilet Demonstrationp. 1
2 "I'm Not Ready Yet"p. 15
3 The Two-Thousand-Leaf Pilep. 26
4 Fishing for Profitp. 36
5 No Snakes, No Skunksp. 49
6 "What Do You Know About Ponds?"p. 59
7 Sweating Like a Pigp. 65
8 The Ladder of Successp. 78