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The Golden Quest

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The Golden Quest by David Delisle (5 stars)

This graphic novel discussed topics on money including spending, saving, investing and giving. It gives easily understandable lessons on each sub-topic and sets the story out as a 'quest' to make it more appealing for children to learn about money. As an adult who was never taught about any of these topics, I actually found this very educational for my own personal use, without it being patronising in any way. 
It's a quick and fun read with cool illustrations, fun characters and POC rep! The graphic novel is marketed towards children and I think it does that excellently and could also be used as a learning tool by young adults like myself. 
I loved that the book was set into different chapters with a clear goal for each chapter and definitely achieved each goal. I also liked the use of direct quotes relating to money and quality of life. I also liked how the book showed generational knowledge. 
I really enjoyed this and I would definitely recommend it and will also be purchasing a couple of copies to give to the children in my immediate family. I would also recommend that schools carried this book in their libraries.
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A comic book that explains kids on how to get rich. Imagine that! It was so engaging and amusing at the same time that kids will understand how to save money and get rich in fun way. The quests are not difficult, and anyone can do it. So please buy one for that kid you love, so he or she learns something in their youth.
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I wish there were more graphic novels like this, as it is a growing concern that children should be more aware of money matters. Highly recommend for children of ALL types that just need to understand the hows and whys of financial responsibility. Read this now, and be better prepared for when it matters, and it will matter.
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This story centure around a boy that gets sent on a quest to learn about money and is tasked with learning the 4 Golden Rules of Money.

I liked the general story and also that we got to see the main character learning and using what he has learnt afterwards, it wasn't something that got "saved" for the ending.

I had however 2 things that irritated me a bit. The first one, which other reviewers has touched on as well, about the investing part, that it's so easy to get the money to work for you. However, I disagree with the ones talking about letting the bank deal with the investing. This is aimed for children and I don't think learning about all the different investing opportunities is something you need to do at that age, if it had been aimed for adults I would have agreed with the fact that it's something that's necessary to know.

The second one was about the fact that it was never brought up why you should save money, just save it. I missed the fact that having a goal with saving money wasn't included.

All in all, a cute story for children about money and why you shouldn't spend everything at once.

Thanks to the author and Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I liked the book. I just feel for a small book the price is to high. The images were very nice. The book seems very helpful for someone needing help in this area. At this point I am just trying to get to 100 characters.
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David Delisle has created an adventure that follows the path of the Hero's Journey through only the best choices for spending, saving, and investing your money throughout a lifetime. I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I was prepared for a lecture that tried to be fun, but there truly is wisdom to be had in this epic adventure.

My one complaint is that the advice regarding finding quality companies, banks, and governments to invest in is to hire someone to do it for you. Even adults have difficulty doing this in real life and I really wish there was a better answer!

I would definitely recommend this book to parents of preteens looking for a way to have a productive conversation about money matters.
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This is a great way to start conversations regarding money- saving, spending, donating, etc.- with kids.  It's a fun story but also has lessons on being responsible with money from an early age.  If you are struggling to have those type of conversation with your kids, which I think everyone should teach their kids about money/ spending/ saving from an early age so they don't go off the deep end into debt when they leave home, this is a great book to use as a conversation starter.
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2.5 Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. 
I’m really mixed about this book. I think talking about money to children is important, it’s often taboo, and it can be bad for later. The drawings and the colors are really entertaining. And the first rule is not bad… But. 
Yes, there’s a but. Telling kids to invest, telling kids to give so they’ll receive in exchange? I don’t think it’s a good idea. And telling them that they will become rich and won’t have to work anymore? Kind of a lie to be honest. So yes, after the two first parts I had a hard time reading it and almost stopped. 
That’s a bit sad.
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Thank you @netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date: April 2nd 2022 🥳

In this graphic novel we follow a young boy on an epic quest where he learns all things money-related.💵

What an original way to teach children about money and finances.😃
I am somewhat conflicted about it though.🤔
I thought is was a good introduction and it laid out the basics really well.👍
And you do not have to make things too complicated for children.😄

But at the same time I thought it could have used some more explanation here and there.😕
At one point, investments are discussed, but very superficially, and I was not a fan of that particular segment in the story.😅
It glosses over the fact that you risk your money by doing this, it is only described as something fun that will multiply your money guaranteed.😬

So it is a great graphic novel to read together with the young ones, but I do believe some extra explanation and discourse is required.😉💙

(Instagram-review will be published on February 21st.)
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When a certain boy receives an old map for his birthday, he can't wait to go on a quest to get lots of treasure so he can buy whatever he wants. Along his journey, however, he discovers that there's something even better: financial freedom.

I recently read Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad, an often-quoted book that explains how the rich get richer and why the poor stay poor. I kind of wish I had read The Golden Quest instead, as many of the same principles are laid out here, but they are easy to understand and accessible for both children and adults. The blend of fictional adventure and useful money rules makes this book feel a lot more like nonfiction advice than a fantasy quest with a clever hero, which leads me to believe that this isn't a book that most children will read more than once, but it's a great teaching tool, and I suspect that one read will be enough to make children think, at the very least. As a teacher, I would love to implement this book as part of my curriculum for students as young as pre-k all the way up to third grade. (I know some adults who could use some of this advice as well).

Thank you to David Delisle and Netgalley for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
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I like the idea of this graphic novel for children. The Golden Quest is a story of a boy who goes on a quest to learn how money works. Children often don’t understand how to handle money because they don’t earn it themselves. So this is a good idea.

I like most of the story, except the part about investing. From this story, you quickly understand it in a way that you can get rich in no time if you invest little of your money. And then you won’t have to work (anymore). This is not something we should be teaching our children.

The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish. I think children will like this graphic novel.

Thanks to David Delisle for the ARC and this opportunity! This is a voluntary review, and all opinions are my own.
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This is a pretty cute framing story to teach children about money basics, and also ethics! Liked that part especially - at least let's fight against the capitalist society a little bit! 
I really love the imaginative style and concepts of Travis Hanson, too. Fits the story perfectly, and is whimsically reminiscent of Bill Watterson.
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Having been an elementary school teacher and now an elementary school librarian, I think that it is incredibly important for students to get a better view of how money, savings, and investing works. There are very few opportunities to teach students these important values and concepts currently in our curriculums. I liked the story and the way that the kid in this book travelled through a magical land to get the information that he needed. The only part that I found a little misleading was in the investing portion of the book when the professor character is telling the boy that if he lets his money double enough every seven years that he'll be a millionaire. What I didn't love about that example is that it leaves out the fact that by that logic, it would take 84 years to get that amount of money back. I don't feel like it is clearly explained that 500 dollars getting to that million dollars in that example wouldn't happen until the main character is over 90 years old. Overall, I did like the messages presented in this book.
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I'm split on this book. I like the idea of an easy way to help introduce children to finances and financial literacy, I like the idea of a comic book to do that, I like the idea of the quest but the book leaves me feeling lectured at rather than inspiring interest.
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Thank you, David Delisle, for the advance reading copy.

This is such a fun, easy yet a very different good read for young readers I would say!

The concept is amazing. The artwork just fits perfectly. The presentation and the story are perfect. 

The story is all about teaching or making someone young realise the importance of saving and some other basic ideas about finance.

I feel this book needs to be read and recommended for every kid out there as we are never ever taught these basic things properly or none at all.

Check out for this book when it comes out. Just grab it.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

The Golden Quest by David Delisle is a delightful graphic novel that will teach kids about the importance of saving and spending money.  The story revolves about a young boy who goes with his dog to a magical land.  On his quest, he learned about the Golden Rules of Money.  According to the synopsis, the "lessons are universal and will teach children of all ages the secret to a rich life."

Overall, The Golden Quest would make the perfect gift to a child who is just starting to learn about money and needs to learn important lessons in a fun way.  One highlight of this book is that it teaches kids about money.  It's definitely a useful book.  I took off 1 star, because I'm not the target audience for this book, so it's not a 5-star read for me personally.   That's not the book's fault though. If you're intrigued by the synopsis, or if you're looking for a graphic novel for your child, I recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in April!
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Why is teaching kids about money often taboo? It really shouldn't be.

This short book is phenomenal! I think educating people about money and finances is absolutely necessary and an important conversation topic to start with young children too. Too many people reach adulthood without a proper education on money: how to earn it, save it, use it, and why do you really need it.

I believe this book gives a really good overview of aspects to consider when trying to educate yourself and others to the world of proper finances. I certainly think some adults could benefit by reading this. But most importantly, this should be read by/to younger children to open their mind to what money means, what being rich means, what happiness is really about. 

This book obviously only covers the broad strokes but gives some very straight-to-the-point messages. And this can lead the readers to ask more questions and delve deeper into their concerns around money. And hopefully, make them curious enough to go educate themselves better on what one can do with money... or at least to stop being afraid to talk about it and ask questions!

Sadly, I have one major issue with one page of the book: when Professor Wigglebottom talks about investing your money. He makes it sound like it's a very scary, almost impossible thing to do by yourself and that you should just ask the bank to do it. I think it's important to be cautious, but the message should not be as extreme. If you want to educate yourself on investing on your own, there are lots of great resources out there. Seeking professional advice is great, but you don't always have to just let someone else do the investing for you.

I still highly recommend this book. If anything, it can encourage conversations about money and make education around personal finances much less taboo.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the author David Delisle, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the NetGalley team for providing me with an Advanced copy. I cherished this opportunity to read it in exchange for an honest review.
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