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Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

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Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in Tanya Lee Stone and Steven Salerno's Pass Go and Collect $200, a riveting picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.

In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial i
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I had always heard that Monopoly was invented by a man, Charles Darrow. Little did I know that Lizzie Magie thought of it first! She called it the Landlord's Game. How Charles Darrow discovered her game and changed it to the Monopoly we know today is an interesting story. Stone tells us how the streets got named, how the colors were added, and how the pieces were made and changed over the years. At the end of the book Stone provides us with more trivia about the game. After reading this, you'll ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alternative subtitle: Boys' Club Steals Yet Another Woman's Idea
I think I enjoyed the author's note as much as the story itself since Tanya Lee Stone talks about how she always ends up writing about women in some fashion but at the outset, this picture book was going to be about the creation of Monopoly and this guy Darrow-- well lo and behold-- the original creator of what we now know as Monopoly was a woman named Lizzie Magie!

It's a little about the patent process, intellectual property, and the idea that she wanted to create a board game that talked abou
Benji Martin
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting take on the history of Monopoly. I think I'm going to read it my 5th graders.
A.E. Fuhrman
Enter this book in a long list of picture books detailing people and events from history. As those books go, this one is middle of the road. The story is a bit confusing in and of itself, and the text may be a bit complicated for younger kiddos. That being said, the ultimate story of America's beloved game is interesting--and probably surprising for those of us who have heard the story behind the game before. Illustrator Steven Slerno does an amazing job vibrantly capturing the 1930's feel (when ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
YET ANOTHER THING that a man stole from a woman... (though, to be fair, he didn't know that she invented it). Still, history is at fault for allowing her contribution to fade into the background.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-non-fic
Super interesting!
Susan Morris
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Interesting look at the origins of Monopoly- I had no idea the original idea was by a woman! (Library)
Yes, my favorite piece was the trolley, and I still have it! Perhaps you loved the hat, or the ship, maybe the shoe? Whatever your favorite is, you probably also have lots of memories playing this most famous game, Monopoly. Yet you might not know the true story of its beginnings that Tanya Lee Stone has discovered and now told in this new book out last month, Pass Go and Collect $200 - The Real Story of How Monopoly was Invented.
In her author's note, Tanya's editor asks her if she might be i
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nkyclear
The text presents the story factually and leaves the ending open for the reader to decide who deserves credit for creating the game of Monopoly and who is right or wrong. Author Stone describes background information, people, and events in a straightforward manner that is easily understood while also making the narrative an enjoyable one to follow. Colorful illustrations created with crayon, ink, gauche and pastel were finished digitally; they evoke the eras described in the story while also app ...more
Monopoly was such important part of our play time at our house when I was growing up. It was the centerpiece of Game Night complete with popcorn and soda pop. I would imagine that people have a similar connection to this game all across the country. This awesome nonfiction picture books digs deep into the history of this game to tell us about the woman who invented the game and the man who made it popular. Fascinating and well-research with terrific illustrations, this would be a great nonfictio ...more
Mary Lee
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story of the REAL inventor of Monopoly.
Like many youngsters, I couldn't wait to have my very own Monopoly game, a Christmas present from my parents when they deemed me old enough to understand the game's intricacies. I loved the little game icons, playing pieces, and the property cards as well as collecting cash when someone landed on one of my properties. Clearly, the game is all about making and losing money, and sometimes there's even a little luck involved, as is the case in real life. I suppose that I assumed this game was inven ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Explore the story of how the popular board game Monopoly was invented in this nonfiction picture book. Lizzie Magie was a talented woman, someone who was very concerned with fairness in the late 1800s. During that time, wealthy people bought up property in cities and charged high rents for them. Maggie invented the Landlord’s Game, an early version of what would become Monopoly, with two ways to play. One was buying up and owning lots of land and the other was working together and demonstrating ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Why do women always get the back burner, do all the work and get little to none of the credit?! (The inventor of DNA (female) and her male co-workers who took the credit comes to mind!)

The author said -paraphrased- "My editor gave me this idea, but warned me it wasn't about a strong woman character like you like to write about" Well as she did her research. She found her strong female.
Monopoly started out a game called Landlord created by Lizzie Magie to show how monopolies worked in t
Kyra Nay
While I love board games, I confess that I don’t particularly enjoy playing Monopoly. But whether you’re Monopoly-averse or a Monopoly fanatic, Pass Go and Collect $200 is well-worth a read. Stone uncovers the complicated history of the board game, which traces its origins back to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie, who created the Landlord’s Game as a social critique on the crowded tenements and wealthy landowners of the day. She was awarded a US patent for the game in 1904, the first US patent filed for ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Pass Go and collect $200 : The real story of how Monopoly was invented by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Steven Salerno PICTURE BOOK, NON FICTION, Henry Holt (MacMillan), 2018. $19. 162779168X



Who really invented the game "Monopoly?" Some say Elizabeth Magie did when she patented her game in 1904, others say Charles Darrow as he designed the current board and convinced the Parker Brothers to distribute it. Why is the board about places
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd-5th grades
3.5 stars
Interesting to read how an idea is changed by others and the discussion of who owns that idea or invention -- the person who originated the whole thing or someone who changed it and marketed it? Lizzie Magie is presented a little bit of the victim of the capitalist system she was deriding with her Landlord's Game, while Charles Darrow is an opportunist with some better luck as well as design and marketing skills. The book begins and ends with questions for the reader, and the author lea
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I am not a huge Monopoly game fan, I loved this book! Fascinating history about how this game evolved from one woman's( Lizzie Magie) ideas about about social justice and the unfairness of the landlord/tenant relationship. She went on to file the first patent for a board game but did not have much luck marketing her game. Her game was passed around and evolved by many of the players of the game and ultimately "perfected" and submitted by Charles Darrow to Parker brothers in the 1930s ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Magie created a game to show the unfairness of landlords buying up all the land and raising rents to make themselves richer while the poor stayed poor having to pay a huge percentage of their wages in rent so they would have a place to live near to the available jobs. Ironically, someone else named Charles Darrow made some small tweaks to the game and passed Monopoly off as his own invention. The Parker Brothers had not wanted to buy Monopoly from either person until Charles Darrow sta ...more
Cindy Dobrez
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stone focuses on writing about women's history and I was surprised to learn that the history of Monopoly includes a woman. Like most people, I thought Charles Darrow was the inventor. Lizzie Magie's story adds a fascinating element to the Monopoly game's history, and one that Hasbro should acknowledge. I'm adding this to my middle school library collections for the discussion possibility in invention, economics, social studies early 20th century, and intellectual property lessons and units. I'll ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well done story of how Monopoly was actually invented and patented by a woman, and how it came to be a huge moneymaker for Parker Brothers and a guy name George Darrow.

Lizzie Magie made a HUGE mistake selling the patent for her Landlord's Game for only $9000, no residuals, to Parker Brothers. This after years of people copying her game, making hand made versions with tweaks, and more. George Darrow became a millionaire, and Parker Brothers added another success to their inventory. I really
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the woman - Elizabeth Magie - who invented Monopoly as a way to teach adults and children about unfair landlord/renter practices in the late 1800s, but was cheated out of her rightful compensation and credit by dishonest men and men-led companies as the game surged in popularity. Stone allows readers to think about fairness, equality, economics, justice, and other themes in an easily accessible way as she uncovers the truth about the true inventor, the game itself, and unsc ...more
Suzanne Dix
What a crooked and complicated history for a beloved board game! Pass Go and Collect $200 shares the remarkable and overlooked story of Lizzie Magie, the brainchild behind the mega-successful game. In the early 1900s, Lizzie created the Landlord’s Game in an attempt to remind humanity of its better nature, that the rich don’t need to get richer off the backs of poor tenants. She even received a US Patent for her idea, a rarity for a woman, which represented the first patent ever for a board game ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
There's a lot of text, so it definitely feels aimed at older kids (mid-upper elementary, maybe).

I really liked this story and how it was told, how it tied in the history of what happened to the point of Monopoly and directly asked the readers what they thought and what they would have done.

I didn't know about all the sharing and spreading and modifying freely in the history of Monopoly; that's pretty cool.

The trivia in the back matter is fun. There are math questions, too, and they are much bett
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was spellbound by the history of this game and how the inventor was mostly forgotten when the current version came out. Lizzie Magie put together a game to show how unfair the landlord-tenant relationships were in 1903. Her game was improved on over the years but the current version is credited to another man and was sold by Parker Brothers. The trivia at the back and the math are for children 3rd grade and up to practice they knowledge of money. And the back matter is interesting, too. I felt ...more
I love when I learn more about history in such a fun and engaging way. This book not only shares the two people who were very influential in the creation of this game, but in some ways it talks about how art imitates life. Who thinks about how board games were created? I know I hadn't before. This book is a great piece of narrative non-fiction to use as a mentor text with students as well as an opportunity to teach some "mini" biographies before students choose who to study. I would like them to ...more
Ann Williams
Absolutely LOVED this book. Fans of Monopoly will enjoy learning about the history of their favorite game. Don't skip the authors note, so important! Another great story about women in history and women who achieve and persevere. Can't wait to share this one and see what great ideas students come up with for creating their own version of Monopoly as has been done throughout history. Great for class debates as well. The possibilities are endless!
Jillian Anderson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her work, which includes YA fiction (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), picture books (Elizabeth Leads the Way and Sandy's Circus), and nonfiction (Almost Astronauts and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie) has won national awards such as the ALA's Sibert Medal, SCBWI's Golden Kite Award, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Jane Add ...more