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Book Review and Giveaway: James Willis Makes a Million. Ends Sept 14th

James Willis Makes a Million by K Wodke

James Willis, a child of the 70’s, lives with his loving father and stern grandmother in a rundown old house. James knows he does not want to be poor all his life. He puts his ideas to work and starts his first business when he is only 8 years old. One thing is certain, James is not afraid to make his dreams come true.

My Review: This was an inspiring story, a story that teaches children financial independence at an early age. James determined earlier in life that he doesn’t want to live a poor life. At the age of 7, James career was born when Mr. Miller offer him a job to sweep the sidewalk of his store and empty the trash for a quarter. James earned enough money to pay for art classes with the help of his father. He then decided to use his drawing skills to make greeting cards and also went on to sell cookies to the construction workers, mowing grasses to flipping houses.  He became a millionaire before the age of 18.

This book is about how to achieve financial success. It encourages adult not just children to use their ideas/skills to work for them.  Highly recommend this book for every family home.

Pages: 118

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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August 28, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. This sounds like a lovely book and I think it is so important today to teach children to strive to make their dreams come true and to earn money with their resources and talents.
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    Comment by Grace | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. My son really needs to read this book. He is 9 years old and I am always telling him that he can do anything he puts his mind to. Maybe this story will inspire him to come up with ways to make money.

    Comment by Daily Woman | August 28, 2011 | Reply

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      Comment by Daily Woman | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. I have always told my students to only be limited by what they dare to dream. James kept coming up with different avenues of work that applied to wherever he saw a demand. The children of today need to realize that there are so many ways of making money yet to be discovered. I am amazed at what ideas my four year old grandson shares with me. I just hope that he will only be limited by what he dares to dream.

    Comment by Christine W | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. What an inspiring story for the whole family. Children are never too young to learn to dream and work towards that goal. Thanks for the opportunity.
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    Comment by Carol L. | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. Having children learn from an ealy age that in order to make your dreams come true, you have to wrok for them is such an importnat lesson. Nowadays, I see too many children with a mindset that everything should just be handed to them and I think this story would definitely show that it is really necessary to strive hard for what you want, instead of just waiting around for it to fall in your lap. Sounds like it would be a great source of inspiration.

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    Comment by Tracy Smith | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  6. I know my niece would love this book, she is always trying to start lemonade stands and whatnot. This would be an interesting book. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  7. I love this! My 11yr old daughter started working for our neighbow when she was 10 cleaning up dog poop and playing with his dogs every other day and makes $20 a week. She has saved a lot of money already! So proud of her. Maybe this book would inspire her even more.

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    Comment by Valerie Sandel-Stayton | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  8. This book looks like a good conversation starter about where money comes from(there’s no money tree in the backyard). ANd, helping kids figure out what kind of work they would like to do when they grow up.
    Thank you so much!

    Comment by Julie | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  9. I think it’s a great way to encourage kids to be entrepreneurial and to try things on their own.

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    Comment by domestic diva | August 28, 2011 | Reply

  10. I think my almost 12 year old son would like this book and it would teach him a great lesson.

    Comment by Angie B. | August 29, 2011 | Reply

  11. What a great way to teach children to reach for their dreams! Finances are a hard thing to teach to children, but this book seems like it would be a fantastic tool to help parents teach children. I would love it if my family could read this book together!

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    Comment by Marci Clark | August 29, 2011 | Reply

  12. this book is so unique and values the principles and importance of what life is. This approach is wise and guides the young into good practices which would continue on into adulthood. I am impressed with this great book and review.

    Comment by anne | August 31, 2011 | Reply

  13. What an awesome lesson this book teaches! I’m just starting to teach my son about money and how you have to save up for something that you really want, and this book would be great to help get that lesson across to him! Thanks for yet another amazing giveaway 😀

    Comment by Julie Witt | August 31, 2011 | Reply

  14. I love the plot of this book! I’m imagining my oldest reading it to my youngest (over & over) so they both get the message. 😉
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    Comment by Alicia C. | September 1, 2011 | Reply

  15. My 4 year old would love this book. He is always pretending that he has a store and is selling things to me. It is so cute. He is expensive on some of his stuff LOL

    Comment by Lora1967 | September 3, 2011 | Reply

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