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

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  617 ratings  ·  96 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...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Yearling
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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...more
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...more
Sean K.
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
Dominic Tiberio
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
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
Sebastian C.
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...more
Nelda Brangwin
Although I wasn't quite as entralled with the sequel to LAWNBOY as I expected to be, it is still a must read for fans of the first book. Much has changed in the 6 weeks since the narrator's lawn care business has made him a millionaire. Wacky Grandma is taking care of him while his folks are on vacation. His assets keep accumulating, stress keeps rising and a yearning for returning to the carefree life of a kid gets bigger. (Grades 3-6)
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
Erin Forson
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...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
Leon Baxter
Not as good as the first. Can't really read this one to my students due to "blood in the urine", "skid marks on the underwear", and " butt hair showing from the towel". Still enjoyed it, just not as good as first and wish it could have been shared with 3rd graders.
Nov 20, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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!

Like most sequels, this book just can't compare to the hilarious original, Lawn Boy. While it wasn't a complete waste of time (because reading rarely is), I was pretty disappointed in its lack of humorous situations. That's what my boys (and I) loved so much about the first one.
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
Johnny Bennett
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
This book was great, I loved it. I thought that it was better than the first, more action. I was kind of sad that it ended.
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
I have just finished the book and lawn boy quit his service and put all his money in a college savings acount. His parents also used some of his money to buy a resort, and back at the service everyone decided to also add a snow plowing service but he still gets income for doing nothing but being the boss.I thought this book would end diffrentley, I thought he would loose all his money becaus books like this uasslay end that way. I thought it was a great, well written book that had some great twi...more
It made me happy to see there was a sequel to Lawn Boy!!! Short and fun young YA fiction
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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Such a funny way to learn about economics! I loved this book!
Swapnil V.
i thought about this book and said this is an amazing book.
I like this book. I really like how the two books are like two books in one because the second book starts off a little while after the first book ended. It was like starting a new chapter. I like how the main characters look on life is still the same in the second book because if I was him it would probably be different. I like how much detail there is put into such a small statement it makes it seem like it could have taken someone else much longer to do what Gary Paulsen did. I really like hi...more
This was good, but not as good as the original!
good! both titles are good.
Addison Children
Not as good as "Lawn Boy."
Cute interesting read.
Thomas Gajeski
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An enjoyable followup to Lawn Boy. Lots of great lessons for kids on economics and life. The truth is, nothing in life is simple and sometimes even making tons of money comes with its own set of problems. This book moves at such a fast pace it doesn't really matter that the characters aren't super well developed. There's enough unique action to keep readers interested. This series won't be for everyone, but I know I would have loved it as a young boy.
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