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Lawn Boy (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #7)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  4,427 ratings  ·  702 reviews
One day I was twelve years old and broke. I set out to mow some lawns with Grandpa’s old riding mower. One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about: the beauty of capitalism. Supply and demand. Diversifying labor. Distributing the wealth. “It’s groovy, man,” Arnold said.
The grass grew, and so did business. Arnold invested my money in many things. On
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 2009 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published June 12th 2007)
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Mar 31, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up; economics teachers
Lawn Boy is a super-fast read (about an hour, total) with more action, character development, and snickers packed into its spare little 88 pages than about a hundred fatter novels I could rattle off.

I liked it right off the bat, mostly because of the narrator's description of his grandma in the first chapter: My grandmother is the kind of person who always thinks that no matter how bad things might seem, everything will always come out all right. Her hair could be on fire and she'd probably say
This book irritated me so much that I felt an overwhelming desire to tell someone, anyone, my opinion. Simply put, this book deserves to come with a parental advisory warning. The overall topic is fine but the storyline is marred with controversy. First off, the boy hires 15 illegal Hispanic workers who all live in a single shack-like house and pack 4/5 deep into pick up trucks to go to their landscape jobs. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! How racist is this?! These workers are paid nominally (the white la ...more
Feb 06, 2008 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4 grade up to middle school
Recommended to Vicki by: Mock Newbery list
This is a first person narrative that is about a 12 year old boy who gets a lawnmower from his grandpa and starts making money. The book smiles it's way to funny and is very fast read. It definitely pushes reality and you don't want to ignore the chapter title as they expand the humor. What's funny about "Overutilization of Labor Compounded by Unpredicted Capital Growth" you may say. In conjunction with the chapter, it's funny! The humor is often in the enormous understatements:
Un-named narrator
Lawn Boy
By: Gary Paulsen
Review by: Kaitlyn

Gary Paulsen has written MANY wonderful stories, that I highly recommend this one. Lawn Boy is so real, but yet different from the rest of his stories. This story takes place in Minnesota, in a neighborhood called, Eden Prairie, where they’re tons of lawns to be mowed!

Some IMPORTANT characters are:
The Lawn Mowing Crew

A funny quote from, Grandma is:
My Grandmother is the kind of person who always thinks that no matter how bad t
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L13_F Sandra
This is the story of a boy who gets an old riding lawn mower from his grandmother and spends his summer building a lawn mowing business with the help of a stockbroker neighbor. I don't know much about the stock market but I laughed at the honest, fast talking stockbroker who made some outlandish buys with the money the boy earned from mowing lawns and soon the boy ends up sponsoring a prize fighter and becoming $450,000 richer at the end of summer. The narrator of this book is the boy, who tells ...more
Lawn Boy by author Gary Paulsen is a short young readers book about a boy...who mows lawns.

I normally like Gary Paulsen, but I think he whiffed on this one. This book is about a rather dull kid who apparently has no name (at least I could never find one) who likes to ride a lawnmower and mow people's lawns for a few bucks. Hold back your excitement, there's more. Then he meets a rather creepy old hippie who takes his lawn mowing money on a venture capital spending spree. Nameless kid soon finds
Lawn boy is about a 12 year old kid who makes 1/2 a million dollars off of mowing lawns. It all started at his 12th birthday, he received an old riding mower from his grandmother, he hopes he can make enough money to buy an inner tube for his ten-speed. First when he was starting the mower a neighbor came by offering him him 20 bucks for a mowing job. But when he cuts the grass for a stockbroker, he learns some very profitable ways to increase his earnings. This book is written in first perspect ...more
Marjorie Light
LAWN BOY by Gary Paulsen
One of the favorite books in my 7th grade classes right now is LAWN BOY by Gary Paulsen. Just Paulsen’s name alone is enough to get a student to try this book, as most of them know his novel HATCHET from a read-aloud in elementary school. Students love his accessible writing and fast-paced plot lines. In one class, the boys are passing around my copies and begging for their buddies to hurry up and finish. (It all started when I book-talked a batch of books the previous we
Rawson Gordon II
A colleague recommended this book as part of an interdisciplinary unit on economics that math, social studies, and language arts could do all together. I hope the order for the class set of novels goes through, so we may do just that, for I think it would be effective teaching, and the students would enjoy the book. Personally, though, I do not understand why Gary Paulsen is so popular. No book of his, with the possible exception of Hatchet has ever elicited much of an emotional or intellectual ...more
Dan Tews
I really liked this book and it was a very easy read. It is a short book, but is a very interesting book that has a great lesson in it. I recommend this book to everyone that likes short stories and easy reads. It is great for kids that like short stories and dont like reading big books with hard words. It is very easy to read and it doesn't take very long to finish the story. Its a great book for people that need something to do with their spare time. This book really cought my attention when I ...more
This book is insanely hilarious.

Lawn Boy gets an old, run-down, barely running lawn mower for his birthday from his eccentric, wacky grandmother. He figures, 'what the heck', and figures out a way to get it running. Little does he know that the neighborhood lawn guy just up and left and ran away with a married woman. So, quite unexpectedly, he is in the lawn care business for his whole neighborhood! Then, Arnold Howell shows up. He wants his lawn mowed, too. Problem is, he has a 'cash flow' pro
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L.N. Cronk
This book had so much potential, but fell short in my opinion. It started out very funny and had a lot of interesting things going for it (especially the grandma with her wacky sayings that actually weren't wacky once you learned the whole story behind them). I kept waiting the truth behind more of her saying to be revealed, but it never happened and I felt that a great opportunity was missed. The ending, was also very anticlimatic. Things just kept getting better and better financially (and mor ...more
Sean K.
On Duane's birthday his grandma gets him a old rusty riding lawn mower that used to be his grandpa's. At first he couldn't care less about the mower, but then he looked at it and started the engine by pulling the cord. He rode around and that's when his life changed.
The author puts a lot off realistic detail through out most of the book (so far) and this book relates to common day life for a kid because a kid could do chores or how kids make a lemonade.. Duane ends up doing a ton of lawn mowing
Karen S
I read this book with the intention of giving it to my 8 year old to read, but after reading it, I decided I won't. I liked the premise of the book - a little boy starts his own business almost accidentally when his grandmother gives him a lawn mower. You think it would go on to teach some good business skills at a child's level, but then it goes on to show how to avoid calling the police by taking matters into your own hand, all with your parent's consent! I didn't like the lesson it was teachi ...more
Lawn Boy
By Gary Paulsen

In Lawn boy, the main character, his mom and dad are very poor and are struggling to have enough money to live. On his birthday his Grandma gives him a lawn mower. At first he is very disappointed and doesn’t like the gift at all. But after a while he starts mowing peoples lawns for $20 each, and the people are very happy with the service. So after a week he starts getting a lot more requests to mow their lawns and he cannot keep up with the demand, so he starts turning al
Paulsen's story begins with his twelve-year-old narrator worrying about how to make enough money to replace an inner tube in his bicycle tire. When his grandmother gives him an old broken-down riding mower, he doesn't have any idea what to do with it. He fails at trying to repair it, but soon realizes that he and the lawnmower belong together.

Since he lives on the edge of an upper-middle-class neighborhood with large yards, he offers to cut one lawn and before he knows it the entire neighborhood
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen- REALISTIC FICTION

A local librarian recommended this book to me, and when I saw that the award-winning author, Gary Paulsen, wrote it, I thought I would give it a try. Gary Paulsen had also written a childhood favorite, The Hatchet, so I was excited to see what this book had in store. I thought this book was a very comical and easy to read book. The book is very straightforward and too the point. The author does not waste a lot of time explaining every detail. It was de
Dominic Tiberio
This is a strange book. I wanted to love it but I walked away with a "just OK" because of a few issues I couldn't ignore. It is a very quick read and aside from it being written by Gary Paulsen (of Hatchet fame) I liked that it approached the topics of work, savings, capitalism, and the stock market in a way that kids could understand. The problem is that it never quite did any of the topics justice. The stock market apparently only ever goes up and in such huge swings that $0.50 becomes $400 in ...more
Dino Man
When I first got the book I thought 'Wow she really out did herself this time'. The first few pages didn't really hook me like they should have. I really wasn't that interested in it, but it's not a BAD book it's just i don't like it.

What I liked about the book is that Arnold just talked about gross and taxes and stuff. And lawnboy just sits there nodding his head and smiling going 'Yeah,no I got it, uh-huh'.

I would add a name to for lawnboy. Because when I had to write about him it was reall
Kori Looker
The Lawn Boy is about a boy who wasn't in any sports during the summer, his friends were, and didn't have anything to do until one day.. One day, the Lawn Boy received a lawnmower from his grandma. He took that lawnmower to good use and made a business out of his summer involving a few helpers. His business grew and so did his income. It was an interesting book. I'd recommend this book to kids who are looking for things to do during the summer. The book may give someone ideas for their summer.
chance Rands
I just read an awesome book, Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. The story begins with a boy getting his Grandpa’s lawn tractor after he dies. The main character in this story is Lawn Boy who starts a lawn mowing business. The best parts of this story are getting money, Dad fainting and meeting Joey Pow. The main character is funny, kind, and hard working. I liked this book because it has funny action. If you like books about getting rich or funny books, then I recommend you read this book.

Lane Fickel
This is a book about a kid. Who gets a riding lawn mower for his twelve birthday. The story takes place in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In the story they call the boy lawn boy. Lawn boy starts a lawn service to make money.

This book is realistic fiction. I guess the story is for people that want to make money. Or anybody that likes to read things that could do them self. I like this book because I could do this my self. Also I like when Lawn boy makes a lot of money.
Kenny S
I think the theme of this book is hardwork and braveness. The reader comes to understand that you can accomplish what may seem impossible to you by percevearance. The lawn boy takes place in Minnesota in an average neighborhood. The book is told in first person. The Lawn Boy is an average 12 year old kid whose parents are not makin enough money to afford his want like a part for his bicycle. The Mexican gardeners and mowers are also very important in the Lawn Boy's business. Lawn Boy is about a ...more
Timothy Yang
The book Lawn Boy is a tremendous book about economics and a boy whose summer changes a little after a 12th birthday gift. Lawn Boy gets a lawn mower for his birthday. He thinks its a crappy gift at first, but after meeting a stockbroker named Arnold and a boxer named Joey Pow, his summer gets really interesting! What I really enjoyed about this book was all the detail about money and managing it. I also really like the idea of Lawn Boy using his lawn mower to make money. The most magnificent th ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, especially those with an interest in economics
The narrator inherits an old lawn mower and starts a lawn mowing business. Before he knows it, he's got more business than he can handle and a hippie stockbroker making investments for him. Each chapter title has something to do with an economic principle and we are taken along on the ride as the young narrator learns more than he ever wanted to learn about capitalism.

Very quick read. Cute.
Lawn Boy
Lawn Boy is a story of a boy who gets a lawn mower for his birthday. In the
story, he wants to earn money for a tire tube for his bike and winds up earning so
much more.
I enjoyed reading about this 12 year old boy that made a lot of money over the
summer. He was a very successful business owner and learned how to invest the
money he was earning. I especially enjoyed it when he became a sponsor to the
boxer Joey Powdermilk, and cashed in on his big win.
I think the only th
I listened to this book and the voices were hysterical, but I think I would have laughed out loud anyway. The chapter titles were funny and everyone's reaction to ridiculous situations was classic. I recommend it if you're in the mood for something short and silly.
A horrible I'll conceived book about a boy who borrows a barely working lawn mower from his grandmother and with the help of a stockbroker neighbor puts Hispanics to work (undocumented?) piling them in pick up trucks (in the back I suppose). The also work under the cover of darkness quietly trimming hedges, etc. the money is hidden from his parents and saved by the neighbor who also has him sponsoring a boxer who is useful when a man tries to blackmail the money away. Everyone avoids going to th ...more
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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