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

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  739 ratings  ·  225 reviews
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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Jon Nakapalau
Wow - so Lizzie Magie creates the game we now call Monopoly but Charles Darrow monopolizes the fame - unbelievable!
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
Hey kids, let’s learn about irony today. Here’s an example: a woman who invented a game to teach people the injustices of capitalism, only to be swindled out of millions of dollars for her own invention so a bunch of greedy men could make that money by asking her to sign off on her patent so they could sell her game.

Oh wait. I better not teach THAT for fear of being accused of being a loser teacher who indoctrinates her students as socialists.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alternative subtitle: Boys' Club Steals Yet Another Woman's Idea
Luisa Knight
Here's an interesting fact: the Monopoly game board has a spelling error! That's right; and the error has been around since the game took off.

Before the game was manufactured, people made their own boards, often using landmarks and locations around their hometown ... and Marven Gardens got misspelled and was kept that way by the man who put the game into production. Oops.

It's an interesting story and contains fun, cartoon illustrations. You'll enjoy learning how and why the game got started and
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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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)
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting children's book that discusses the beginnings of the Monopoly board game and the question of who invented the game.
Cindy Kleback
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting history of a popular board game.
Shaye Miller
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Miller family happens to be full of Monopoly lovers. I'm not even embarrassed to admit that hubby and I brought a game board on our honeymoon and played a 4+ hour game in our fancy-shmancy honeymoon suite to kickstart our life together (nearly 25 years ago!). So I was very interested to learn all about the invention of this game and how it eventually became the format we know, today. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Magie witnessed the dramatic shift in wealth distribution in the late 1800s and created th ...more
Lauren Marshall
Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone (2018) is the story about how the game Monopoly was invented. Lizzie Magie was thought of to be the game's first creator. In the late 1800s, people moved to the big cities for job opportunity. " A small number of wealthy people began to buy as much land as they could and build houses and apartment buildings." "They charged people fees or rent to live there." This gave Lizzie a great idea. "She created the game to show just how unjust the landlord-tenan ...more
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
Katelyn Evert
Holm, J. L. (2011). Turtle in paradise. New York, NY: Yearling Newbery.

Stone, T. L. (2018). Pass go and collect $200: The real story of how Monopoly was invented. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

The possible content-area crossover for Pass Go and Collect $200 is history or math. A teacher could use the book during history when talking about the history of board games or the history of the 1930s/Great Depression. A teacher could also use the book during math. During math class, the teacher
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
Samantha Duncan
The last non-fiction text that I read was “Pass Go and Collect $200” by Tanya Lee Stone. This book talks about how monopoly was invented in the 1800’s by Lizzie Magie who wanted to raise attention to financial inequality so she created a game to show the unfairness of the landlord-tenant relationship. I choose to pair this book with “Sir Knighty and The Bright Idea” by David Zyskowski published in 2015. This book talks about a king named Sir Knighty who wants to make everyone happy. So he has th ...more
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
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
Jennifer Luczynski
This book could possibly be social studies, math, or economics. I know it is for intermediate but knowing how to count money and handle it is a huge part of the game of Monopoly. Plus, the book Pass Go & Collect $200 is a book about the history of Monopoly which is a staple board game but you can also use what was going on when it was created to introduce more history to the students.

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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

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