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A funny, philosophical book about the universal subject of money.
In the Yap Islands in the South Pacific it can be a stone with a hole in the middle. It can be a string of shells, a bundle of cloth or a copper slab. It's the stuff that makes the world go round. That doesn't grow on trees. That can't buy you love, apparently.In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, Martin Jenkins explores the history of money from its earliest beginnings to the electronic banking of today. Along the way we learn about hunter gatherers, barter, clay tablets, goat swapping, precious metals, hard bargains, IOUs, interest, coins, Romans, taxes, inflation, paper money, currencies and exchange rates. Satoshi Kitamura's quirky, satirical drawings perfectly compliment the dry humour of the text and in the end we are reminded that money only exists because we believe in it.
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Exciting and fascinating stuff! Clear and concise, this reads extremely well thanks to a light, conversational tone and quirky illustrations that usefully break up the layout. * Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read * Fascinating . . . lucid and absorbing. . . Martin Jenkins uses humour and enough quirky facts to keep the readers interest without descending into silliness. Highly recommended. * The School Librarian * Engrossing and Original. * Books for Keeps * Totally absorbing and brilliantly illustrated book. * angels and urchins * This intriguing book will fascinate adult and child alike with its gently humorous - sometimes tongue-in-cheek - approach to something we all find essential. . . All interspersed with quirky anecdotes and fun-filled illustrations that really bring the topic to life in a memorable way. * Parents in Touch * A funny, philosophical book about the subject of money -- Fiona Noble * Bookseller Children's Guide * Is this book about the evolution of money worth it? Yes. Kerching! With a few reservations. Kitamura's illustrations have become a byword for class and Jenkins has a history of writing decent non-fiction for kids. . . The story of the introduction of paper money (in China around 1000CE) is compelling. The pros and cons or sharing a currency are explained clearly (attention all mini-Farages!). At the end, there is an attempt to neutralise the whizzy economics with a moral lesson: calling Baby Fred the Shreds, if you think money is the grooviest thing, think again, Jenkins says. -- Alex O'Connell * The Times * A quirky look at the history of money and what it means * The Bookseller * A quirky, philosophical look at the history of money . . . aimed at nine-plus readers, with typically witty illustrations from Kitamura. Very topical and currently a gap in the non-fiction market * The Bookseller *