This up-and-coming creative will definitely inspire many young people with his positive, confidence-boosting startup guide.

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MO'S BOWS

A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO STARTUP SUCCESS: MEASURE, CUT, STITCH YOUR WAY TO A GREAT BUSINESS

An entrepreneurial phenom offers advice to similarly inclined kids.

At 9, Mo Bridges struggled to sew his first bow tie under the loving mentorship of his granny. At 11, he landed a deal on the TV show Shark Tank as one of its youngest entrepreneurs. Currently the 17-year-old owner of a successful bow-tie business, Bridges pens his first guide for young entrepreneurs. The book is divided into segments that explain the approach behind his strong startup, Measure, Cut, Stitch. He deftly points out the difference between undertaking hourly labor and the way a sharp entrepreneur thinks, using mowing lawns as an example. Working at $8 an hour for five hours nets $40, but charging $20 per lawn can, at five lawns in a day, garner $100. Numbers aside, Bridges alludes to crafting a genuine story, building relationships, and mastering social media to gain a loyal customer base. His ingenuity landed him a licensing deal with the NBA and even the opportunity to design the “Obama Blue Bow Tie.” Growing older into high school, he shares the story of his frustration with his new “hideous” school uniform, transcending it by following the advice in his own pep talk that he gives to others, to “stay true to yourself,” and successfully produces his first stylish necktie that would become a signature addition to his uniform. Numerous black-and-white photos depict the young, bow-tie–clad African American entrepreneur.

This up-and-coming creative will definitely inspire many young people with his positive, confidence-boosting startup guide. (glossary) (Memoir. 11-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7624-9251-0

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Review Posted Online: June 10, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD

From the Marigold Trilogy series , Vol. 1

Cold indeed is the heart not made warm by this bubbly fairy-tale romance. Raised by a kindly forest troll, Christian knows little of the world beyond what he can see through his telescope, but gazing upon a nearby castle, he falls head over heels for Princess Marigold. What chance has he, though, as a (supposed) commoner? When at last he nerves himself to send her a message via carrier pigeon, she answers and the courtship is on—via “p-mail” at first, then, after he lands a job as a castle servant, face to face. Setting numerous fairy-tale conventions just a bit askew, Ferris (Of Sound Mind, 2001, etc.) surrounds her two smart, immensely likable teenagers, who are obviously made for each other, with rival suitors, hyperactive dogs, surprising allies, and strong adversaries. The most notable among the last is devious, domineering Queen Olympia, intent on forcing Marigold into marriage with a penniless, but noble, cipher. The author gets her commonsensical couple to “I Do” through brisk palace intrigue, life-threatening situations, riotous feasting, and general chaos; Queen Olympia gets suitable comeuppance, and the festivities are capped by the required revelation that Christian is actually heir to the throne of neighboring Zandelphia. Fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Princess Tales will be in familiar territory here, as well as seventh heaven. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-15-216791-9

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2002

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Misleadingly titled but broader in scope and less Eurocentric than standard surveys.

A JOURNEY THROUGH ART

A GLOBAL HISTORY

A world tour featuring select highlights of human culture, from 37,000-year-old rock paintings to modern murals and architecture.

Title notwithstanding, after a visit to the prehistoric petroglyphs at Nawarla Gabarnmung in northern Australia (and with a 19th-century stop at Haida Gwaii for a gander at Pacific Northwest Native woodcarving), Rosen focuses more on cities or large settlements and urban ways of life through the ages than on specific works or styles of art. His itinerary is determinedly “global,” though, covering every continent but Antarctica from 13th-century B.C.E. Thebes to art and architecture created for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Each stop along the way opens with an overview of the site and its distinctive character accompanied by a wide-angle picture painted by Dalzell and dotted with tiny clipped photos of statues or other figures. On the following spread further concise observations on customs and culture accompany three or four smaller (sometimes, alas, minuscule) photos of significant monuments, artifacts, or paintings with explanatory notes. Though the author hustles readers past the Rosetta Stone and Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man without benefit of visuals, a satiric Egyptian papyrus offers an eye-opening treat—and in more recent times he boosts the presence of women among his sparse tally of artists by, for instance, pairing works of Judith Leyster and Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt with Claude Monet.

Misleadingly titled but broader in scope and less Eurocentric than standard surveys. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: April 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-500-65101-8

Page Count: 144

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Review Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2018

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