My 10 year-old daughter picked up this book and couldn't put it down. She loved learning about business ideas and got really caught up in the story at the same time.
I read it after she did and could see why she liked it. The main characters, Chance and his little sister Addie, learn a lot about what it takes to start, market, and manage a business. They learn some lessons the hard way (by making mistakes) and other lessons from their dad. I liked the conversations where Chance's dad teaches him how to think about (and calculate) the investments he is making in his pool cleaning business, and my daughter liked the passages where Chance thinks to himself about all the choices that he faces. The math calculations are clearly written out at the end of each chapter, as are thought-provoking questions about how the reader would approach the same problem that Chance is figuring out. I especially liked that Chance has some ethical dilemmas to puzzle through: whether to hide a mistake, how to handle a job that turns out to be more than he bargained for, and how to deal with an employee who is also a friend.
This is a great book for any kid who is interested in starting their own business or who just wants to understand business better.
- Dan V.
I’d say this is not your typical business book for kids, if that weren’t honestly such a rarity to begin with. We too often underestimate kids’ capacities to learn about finances, understand risks and rewards, and develop their own strategic thinking. It’s no wonder that entrepreneurship is such a daunting barrier for most adults! Chance’s KidVenture introduces basic business concepts in an accessible format that respects its target audience, while also engaging with the ethical issues that come with building any business. It can be read as a straightforward story or as an interactive textbook—great as a standalone or an opening for deeper discussion. Readers (adults, too!) will get plenty from it.
- Jose S.
KidVenture teaches kids concepts like Profit & Loss through anecdotes, and most importantly that business is fundamentally built upon trust.
Lots of great things for kids to learn in this story.
- Jai L.
We need more books that celebrate business-owners and entrepreneurs. There is too much demonizing of business in the world. People are yearning for pro-business entertainment and books, but they are incredibly rare because the kind of people who become writers are usually clueless about business. There is almost zero scripted business stories. The great thing about this book is it educates both kids and their parents.
- Brandon G.
This book was a lot of fun to read. I really liked the characters. There were several scenes that made me laugh. I think this is a great way to teach kids about business and how to think about the different aspects involved in being an entrepreneur, like how to negotiate, and what to do when things don't go the way you planned. Also important lessons on how to treat your customers and those you work with. I think kids will enjoy reading this and actually learn a lot.
- Sam K.