Synopses & Reviews
Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn't have any money! What's a creative, industrious girl to do? When Penny notices that Bunny's attic is cluttered with old things that still have value, Penny has an idea—create a "Small Mall!" Penny will have to clean up and set up shop in the attic to sell the old items to earn the money for Bunny's surprise celebration. Author/illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children's book characters as Madeline, Eloise, Pippi Longstocking, and Olivia—Penny is never without her fuschia purse! With Pretty Penny's help, kids can get money savvy!
"Kinch's debut affirms the idea of moneymaking as a way to achieve praiseworthy goals--to celebrate a relative's birthday, for example. The appropriately named Penny has doll-like eyes, glossy black hair, designer boots, and a pink shoulder bag--think Emily the Not-so-Strange. When her grandmother Bunny waves off her offer of a birthday party ('There is no reason to spend money on a party for a little ol' lady like me'), six-year-old Penny sets up a store, the 'Small Mall,' to sell Bunny's unwanted attic junk so she can throw her a surprise party. Kinch provides readers with plenty of chat about money and where it comes from ('Bunny owns this yellow building from top to bottom. She... rents out three tidy apartments to neighbors'), polished spreads that include spots crammed with hats, shoes, and other consumer treats; and the occasional moral lesson ('This is not my money--it belongs to Bunny'). This is an honest acknowledgment of the centrality of money in the lives of many young girls, and an attempt to tame and direct it. Ages 4 8. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
DEVON KINCH is a designer and illustrator who struck upon the idea for Pretty Penny
while successfully repairing her own relationship with money after years of accruing debilitating debt. The Pretty Penny series became her thesis work at the Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts. It is Devon's belief that young children can avoid financial trouble by learning how to establish a healthy relationship with money at an early age through fun, creative storytelling. This is her first children's book.
Born and raised in Ramsey, New Jersey, Devon studied painting and art history as an undergraduate and earned her Master's Degree in Design from the School of Visual Arts in 2009. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.