BOOKS & APPS

 
Kinch’s debut affirms the idea of moneymaking as a way to achieve praiseworthy goals-to cel-ebrate 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.       -- Publisher’s Weekly

 

PRETTY PENNY SETS UP SHOP

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.

 

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PRETTY PENNY CLEANS UP

The Sassy Pants concert is one week away, and Penny’s best friend Emma has spent her whole allowance! It’s Pretty Penny to the rescue, with another of her big ideas—La Perfect Pup Salon! Local pups will come away with such hilarious styles as the Punk and the Regal, and the girls will earn enough money for their tickets! And with Pretty Penny’s Saving Setup, they’ll save money for charity and for future needs, too!

 

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PRETTY PENNY MAKES ENDS MEET

Oh, no! Grandma Bunny’s basement has flooded in the middle of the night, and her budget for home repairs is already gone! But Pretty Penny and pet pig, Iggy, waste no time in coming up with a solution to the problem: they will have a jewelry sale to help make ends meet. Will Penny and Iggy be able to make enough money to help Bunny pay for the repair? Or will the pennywise pals end up all washed up? Kids will love this darling addition to the Pretty Penny series that focuses on helping others by solving money problems.

 

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PRETTY PENNY COMES UP SHORT

When Pretty Penny learns that Doodle’s Animal Farm is in need of donations, she knows it’s up to her and pet pig, Iggy, to save the day! The pair quickly brainstorm a fundraiser—running their very own movie theater. Everyone works hard to ensure the event’s success, but at the end of the day, the money raised sure looks tempting to Iggy! Will he find the strength of character to share the proceeds with the animals in need? Or will he have to learn the hard way that dishonesty comes with a high price tag?

 

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THE APP

 

 

PRETTY PENNY: THE APP FOR IPAD

By Auryn Inc.

 

▶ ENHANCE CREATIVITY BY PERSONALIZING THE STORY:
- You can write your own version of the text for the book
- Personalize the narration: kids or parents can record the narration to make it their own!


▶ DEVELOP READING SKILLS WITH THESE LITERACY TOOLS:
- Karaoke effect – Word is highlighted, when spoke during the narration
- Touch a word to hear it being spoken in “Read Myself” mode (almost like “training wheels” for new readers)


 

 

 

 

▶ THREE WAYS TO READ THE BOOK:
1) "Read to me" - Listen to the narrated story while the text is displayed Karaoke style.
2) "Auto Play" - same as "Read to Me" except the page advances automatically once the narration is finished.
3) "Read myself" - There is no narration but the child can touch a word to hear it being spoken aloud.

 

 

PRETTY PENNY: THE MOVIE!

 

Pretty Penny is the start of her self-made documentary. Co-Created by Devon Kinch and Steven Smith of Flux & Render, the Pretty Penny movie is a fun and sweet introduction to the industrious Pretty Penny.

 

THE MOVIE

 

 

© 2015 Devon Kinch