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Lawn Boy Returns (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #8)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  903 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Gary Paulsen’s funny follow-up to Lawn Boy is full of big surprises and big laughs.

Lawn Boy says: The summer I was twelve, mowing lawns with Grandpa’s old riding mower turned into big business. With advice from Arnold the stockbroker, I learned all about making money.

Six weeks and hundred of thousands of dollars later, life got more complicated. You see, the prizefighter I
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Yearling
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Apr 30, 2010 Boni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-mg
I think this sequel was way too dependent on the first one- almost half of the book is spent explaining what happened in the first one (which I did enjoy a great deal). Don't really understand why they split the story into two, especially since they both were so short. Love Paulsen, but this was kind of a strange deal.
Kay Mcgriff
Lawn Boy is back with more adventures, more success, and more problems. Gary Paulsen began the story with Lawn Boy. Now Lawn Boy Returns wraps up the wild ride with a very satisfying conclusion.

Lawn Boy's troubles start the morning his grandmother and his very own prizefighter show up with Zed, supposedly a long-lost cousin. Lawn Boy suspects that Zed is nothing but trouble, and he is right. The next thing you know, the media get wind of Lawn Boy's story (how one twelve-year-old went from mowing
Paulsen, Gary. Lawn Boy Returns. Random/Wendy Lamb Books. 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-74662-5. F. $12.99

Gr 4-6
Yes, that's right, he's back. In this witty sequel to the much beloved Lawn Boy, six weeks have passed and his business has expanded, his employees have quadrupled, his prize fighter has been asked to throw a fight by a gangster and his parents have gone on vacation.
Lawn Boy is again confronted with very adult problems like the stock market, office managers, royalties, franchises, gangsters an
Austin Meier
I rated this book a three because it was an easy read but at some times it was difficult to understand with all the different people. This book is about a boy named Lawn Boy that is a millionaire because of his lawn business. He started out as just a lawn business. Now it is a gutter, lawn, and pool business. He has many people targeting him because he is so young and already has his own business. He decides to quit his business and just decides to live like a kid from now on. Now his friend Arn ...more
Sean K.
Apr 01, 2013 Sean K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Law boy returns!!! Remember lawn boy well he's back and his prizefighter JOEY POW is now a champion. This new odd character named Zed lurks arouond and kind of has behavior problems. I also think that a 12 year old boy is a little young to own a lawn mowing business that makes him very whealthy. Lawn boy returns is as funny as the first lawn boy but is very different still because in the first book is when he starts and he's a close by business so in the second he is famous. Now people want auto ...more
Thomas Gajeski
Mar 28, 2013 Thomas Gajeski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicholas R
Dec 06, 2016 Nicholas R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2nd-9-weeks
Before reading this you should know is that you need to read the first book The Lawn Boy! This story is about a boy wh got famous with his lawn mowing business! He starts getting tired about all the fame he's gotten and its been putting him,his grandma and the boxer Joey Pow! This book has a insane twist ending and i loved that! This book is a realistic fiction! I would recommend Lawn Bot Returns to anyone who liked Diary of a wimpy kid. This book made me happy, sad and surprised.
Nov 19, 2016 SFrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I missed all these books by Gary Paulsen. So am delightfully catching up.
Sebastian C.
Aug 21, 2011 Sebastian C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paulsen, Gary. Lawn Boy Returns. New York, NY: Random House Children's Books, 2010. Print. Pp 102

Vrooooom!!!!!!!!! Well the story continues as Lawn Boy has his lawn mowing business, sponsoring his prize fighter Joey Pow. This book Lawn Boy Returns by Gary Paulsen is the next book to the first book. This book was a funny and very packed with business and it’s a good read. Also this book is told by first person point of view. So the story starts off as one day Joey Pow and the narrators Grandma we
Jan 01, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They're back! The twelve year old main character of Gary Paulson's "Lawn Boy" returns several weeks after his entrepreneurial adventures began, along with his advisor Arnold who has lots of plans for him, his grandma sporting bright red hair, and his prize fighter Joey Powdermilk. A few new characters up as well like his best friends Allen and Kenny, and a bad guy named Zed. Things don't go so smoothly this time, as Zed and his cronies try to force Joey to throw a fight, take over his family's h ...more
Nov 10, 2016 Bryana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I am reading is called Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. I like this book because it is about a boy who learns a lesson about how you need to always work hard and try your best at your goal. What i did not like about the book is that he was learning how to be responsible at an older age but i guess he had to start learning later then some people. The setting of the book was in the summer time in a small town there was a boy who got a lawnmower from his grandpa and he had a summer job making mon ...more
Aidan H.
Sep 13, 2016 Aidan H. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a very awesome book about finance, and economy and is the sequel to Lawn Boy. I totally recommend the Lawn Boy Sequel because it is short but it has lots of meaning and lessons of life and finance and economy.
Mason Darden
lawn boy returns By GARY PAULSENN I like the book because I like when he gets money and when his business get bigger and bigger. As the book goes on he gets more money and more fame for being a sponsor for a Champion boxer. And being on news after the fight really got him his fame. And that's all I have to say about lawn boy returns.
The setting of the this book takes places in a neighborhood that is well describe.In a town that's not that's describe only from stores in the town. But the funny
Erin Forson
Dec 05, 2011 Erin Forson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawn Boy Returns
by Gary Paulsen
Lawn boy is back, and his business is growing so fast that Lawn Boy can't keep up. His investments topped a half a million dollars with the help of Arnold, his stock broker, ages ago. The problem is, Lawn Boy's head is spinning; with all the publicity, dishonest people come out of the woodwork to try and steal whatever they can (led by a greasy, smelly guy named Zed), new employees have complicated office disputes, and Lawn Boy's fingers are tired from autographing
Jul 25, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being tickled pink (tickled green?) by the first book in the series, I have been awaiting the Scholastic book orders offering of this sequel. I was not disappointed! Like the original, Lawn Boy juxtaposes some very grown-up economic concepts with twelve-year-old fun and humor. Being a fellow Minnesotan and adding some local color didn't hurt either. In Lawn Boy Returns, the pre-teen financial phenom seems to have lost his golden touch. Where everything once went magically right, now it's a ...more
Cade Hooper
Lawn Boy Returns
Gary Paulsen
ThIs book is about Lawn Boy who is having some problems with so many taxes because of how much money he previously made. He is struggling to deal with all of this pressure but his friends and relatives are there for him. All he wanted was a normal summer so he quits at the end of the story.

For me, this book was a fast, fun, and entertaining read. My favorite part of the book was when Lawn Boy's Grandmother punches Zed in the kidney so that he will stop bothering Joey
Nov 20, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
We recently read the book Lawn Boy for a local book club for children and our girls thought it was an entertaining story. So we thought we'd enjoy this book just as much.

I hate to admit it, but the charm and novelty of the first book wore off and we were less enchanted with this tale. It just seemed like more of the same, with the storyline becoming even less plausible. Still, we thought it was a good story, just not great. Our favorite character is the feisty grandma - she's a hoot!

If you've read Lawn Boy, you owe it to yourself to read Lawn Boy Returns - even (or perhaps especially) if you weren't fully satisfied with the first book. Some niggling loose ends are nicely tied up in this tale, although you are left worried about Lawn Boy's entire enterprise for a while! The nameless Lawn Boy continues to muddle through, relying on Arnold for business advice but turning to his parents and grandma for life decisions. Neither volume is very realistic, but middle grades readers ...more
Param Singh
The title of this book is Lawn Boy Returns. The author's name is Gary Paulsen. I liked this book. I liked it because of the stuff lawn boy be doing like him he was just a little kid who became a money maker because of just mowing lawns. The main setting of this book is Arnold's house Lawn boys driveway and the cabin on the lake. The main characters in this book are Arnold, Joey, Zed, Kenny, Allen,Pasquel,Rock,Grandma,Lawn boys parents those are the main characters. The main conflict of this book ...more
A great follow-up to Lawn Boy--just as quirky and funny, if not more so! Our hero, Lawn Boy, is having a great summer making fistfuls of cash with his lawn mowing business. When the prizefighter he sponsors wins a big fight, and fame finds Lawn Boy, suddenly life gets much more complicated. Lawn Boy Returns is another very fast read at just over 100 pages. Paulsen keeps the laughs coming with an endearing and witty narrator, and lots of action, as well as some surprising twists. Again, I think t ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidsbooks
Just as wacky and wryly humorous as the first one (Lawn Boy). This is a young man who manages to have tremendous luck and adventures without trying--and looks to be having more with the set up for another book. After all of the easy successes of the first book, reality intrudes and problems begin to intrude. All the things (and more) that grownups may have seen as sources for problems or conflict in the first book are coming to fruition, lawsuits, tax problems, mob threats, and more. The pressur ...more
Alan Musatin
Jan 08, 2016 Alan Musatin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book lawn boy's lawn care company has expanded, he has a lot more employees, his parents are on vacation. It started as just a lawn business, now it's a gutter, lawn, and pool business. He is struggling on the taxes from all the money he was making. Girls want his autograph, he has become famous. But all he wants is to have a regular summer and play with the other kids. So he quit his business so he could live like a regular kid from now on. His friend Arnold now owns the business.
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In this continuation of a basic economics lesson told in a lighthearted, humorous story, Lawn Boy's business is continuing to go gangbusters. He's become a twelve-year-old mogul with a team of employees, & not just coworkers in his lawn-care business - a stockbroker, lawyers, an accountant, & a publicist. Of course, the growth causes some good things to happen, but also some bad things, & Lawn Boy has to learn just what's important in life, between taking care of his zany grandmother ...more
Samuel Huelsman
I would rate this book a 4 because it was a very good book and easy to read, but it was hard to understand at times with the different names. It was an easy read but hard to understand. The book is about a kid that starts a lawn cutting business to help pay for his new bike. This eventually turns into a 480,000 dollar empire that he now does lawn care, gutter cleaning, and pool cleaning. He is the boss of over 20 people he has lawyers accountants and stock brokers that have all made him very wea ...more
Johnny Bennett
May 31, 2013 Johnny Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As enjoyable as the first. The story continues and takes some different twists and turns. I liked this one a lot and finished it off quickly. Unfortunately I can picture some teacher picking up this story and ruining it for their class. Though, if done well, there are many different aspects about the book that could foster dialogue and enlightenment. Discussion questions can include things like when do you talk to your parents about a problem, basic economic models, use of force, and risk taking ...more
Preston Wilson
Lawn boy is realistic fiction and it's about a boy called Arnold and his friends Allen,Pasqaul,Zed,Joey,Louis,and Benny.So over the summer Arnold needs to get a new inner tube for his bike.So he starts a lawn mowing business and he mows lawns for his neighborhood.But pretty soon it gets out of hand and they start getting taxes and bills and he becomes famous.My favorite part about the book was when he found a note under his lawn mower from his grandpa that changes him.I would recomend this book ...more
Dominic Tiberio
Jun 08, 2014 Dominic Tiberio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was terrible. I had hoped Gary would bring things back to reality a bit and maybe show the ups and downs of investing and return things to a more believable state but he doesn't. It was just more of the same without any real new insight or lessons. I really enjoy Gary's work for young readers but I think these do a disservice to the topic at hand and while they are light and mostly light-hearted they don't offer much in the way of values or morals and ultimately fall flat as a result. Sorry ...more
Phil Hanway
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Jun 16, 2011 Marita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5, ms
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, p2010, c2010
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-74662-5

Genre: Fiction.
Subject: Entrepreneur/Starting your own business
Interest Level: 3-6
Reading Level: 5.3

Second book in series. The narrator, a twelve year old entrepreneur, continues his escapades of running his own lawn-mowing business. Not quite as entertaining as Lawn Boy (1st book in series.) but still sparks the reluctant reader and those interested in starting their own business. Could be used in ms/hs econ classes?

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Lawn Boy's incredibly profitable summer continues. Now his stockbroker Arnold hires a staff to help run the Lawn Boy's growing business. A dicey character named Zed enters the picture, claiming to be a relative of Joey Pow, the winning boxer that Lawn Boy sponsors. And who is trying to throw Joey Pow's fights? The jaw-dropping ludicrousness of Lawn Boy's situation doesn't soar as highly as the original, but his story is outrageous all the same. And it's nice to see Lawn Boy finally recognize his ...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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