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Too Small to Fail by Morris Gleitzman – review
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They've lost just about everything … apart from the millions they have stashed away in a Swiss bank account with security "tighter than a Wiggles concert". That's the millions Oliver finds out about. Being a Morris Gleitzman novel, this wonderful tapestry of circumstances is the intricate backdrop against which he weaves the book's most important elements: He is one of the finest examples of a writer who can make humour stem from the things that really matter in life.

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When a lady buys the dog and threatens to harm hi Oliver's parents both work long hours at an investment bank and are so busy making money that they hardly have any time for him. When a lady buys the dog and threatens to harm him if Oliver doesn't get his parents to return the money she invested with them he doesn't think things can get much worse.

Until he discovers that there is a problem with the bank and he realises the money has been lost. Can he find a way to repay the lady and save the dog? I'm pleased to say that the story doesn't disappoint and I enjoyed it just as much. Morris Gleitzman has a way of writing that will capture the attention of younger readers, he writes about current events in a humorous and light way but still manages to offer a lot of insight into the financial crisis.

I loved the way he manages to talk about investment banking in a way that will make sense to even the youngest readers and I think even adults can learn something from the story. Oliver is a lovely main character, he is young and in some ways naive but he is sweet, loves his family and has a strong sense of right and wrong. He may be hopeless at maths and come up with some crazy money making schemes but he is trying to correct his parents mistakes.

The story is hilarious, partly due to the things that Oliver gets up to but also with thanks to the antics of the dog Bailey and Moo the camel, I actually laughed out loud several times when I was reading it. Like Grace, Too Small To Fail is a relatively short book and one that it is easy to read in one sitting. It is a fun story with a serious edge to it and a strong moral undertone.

I definitely need to start working my way through the rest of Morris Gleitzman's back list and am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next. Jun 15, LauraW rated it really liked it Shelves: I have been enjoying audiobooks a lot lately and this one was better than some of them. It suffered a bit less from the overacting sound of some of the other audiobooks I have listened to. The other significant advantage of the book over some other recent "reads" is that the plot was less predictable than many of them. There were quite a few plot twists that added an extra dimension to the story.

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And, like many books set in and written by Australians, it also has a strong sense of family. I like I have been enjoying audiobooks a lot lately and this one was better than some of them. I like this about the Australian books and wish I found it more in American books. The Penderwicks the 3rd book of which I also listened to lately has a great love of family, too, but, for some reason, it was just a bit TOO sweet for me. This book felt more real. I wish Australian books were easier to get. Audiobooks surprisingly are pretty good values. I would guess that that is because there is a significant savings in shipping - shipping bits and bytes costs less than shipping dead trees.

I have read other books by Gleitzman and found them a bit silly in places.

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This one didn't seem to suffer from that for me. It dealt with a much more serious topic, but it wasn't oppressive in that respect either. I feel he struck a good balance between serious topic and hero's adventure. Jan 26, 5inabus rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a good book. It had loads of words in it that I didn't exactly understand, to do with finance, but it still was a good book. I liked how they crashed in the desert and Nancy sprained her ankle, and just how weird it was that the whole book was based on a dog and a camel. I think the moral of the story is you should appreciate what you've got while you've got it.

I don't think his parents were mean they were just working hard for his future. By Cormac, aged We got half way through this book reading aloud before Cormac made off with it to read late into the night on his own.

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So the ploy works, obviously. It's about a wealthy kid whose parents are in the investment banking trade at the time of the financial crisis and how he deals with the morality of his situation. The Guardian summed it up perfectly: Aug 22, Yellowoasis rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is perfect! I would defy anyone of any age to read this and not come out with a better understanding of the recent financial crisis. A former employee threatens to kill the dog that Oliver has been longing for, unless he can persuade them to pay back the failed investment she was persuaded to make.

The ending was sweetly judged. Above all, I loved the tender warmth of this book. May 18, Adele Broadbent rated it liked it. Sure he had an ipod, an Xbox, a playstation, special headphones and anything else he wanted — but what he really wanted was the puppy in the local pet store. Aug 01, Elen Caldecott rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a really good ensemble novel. There is a main character, Oliver, and his desire to be reunited with his sort of dog who has been sort of kidnapped is at the heart of the story.

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These online resources provide research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children, and were shared widely with over , early educators and other providers. Who would think that you could put words like 'default credit swap' or 'collateralised debt obligation' or 'portfolio' or 'hedged' in a middle grade book and make it funny? Can he find a way to repay the lady and save the dog? Every child deserves the best possible chance at success in school and in life. This impacted the story a lot for me and towards the end it lost me a bit. I was a little disappointed with the ending, I feel like it gets left Wide Open, but it would be perfect to read in class grade 5 and up and then ask the students to write another chapter. So i think that this book is defiantly for very mature young readers - grade 4-grade 5 and up.

But other characters also shine through: Haydn, the disappointed banker; Rose, the stroppy camel-farmer; even the long-line of short-lived housekeepers. Each character brings a new angle, both to Oliver's story and to our understanding of the complexities of the international banking system really. This book This is a really good ensemble novel. This book is very entertaining and deserves to be much-read on Wall Street.

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Aug 28, Kristi rated it liked it. I absolutely love how Morris Gleitzman makes stories about real-life issues funny and for kids! Who would think that you could put words like 'default credit swap' or 'collateralised debt obligation' or 'portfolio' or 'hedged' in a middle grade book and make it funny? And true to Gleitzman's usual style, he brings the seriousness of the issue to the table.

Too Small to Fail was an okay book. I was expecting more humor, but it was mostly more bizarre. Camels, money, knives, and dogs- Gleitzmann somehow fit all these things together into an interesting book. The audio book was read by the author, and I didn't have much complaints with him. Jul 18, Craig Bezant rated it really liked it. Read this in preparation for my Year 5 class.

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Thing about Gleitzman is he doesn't hold back. An adult's theme vividly told through an innocent child's eyes and pulled off so amazingly well. This should be required reading for anyone looking at economics yes, that's part of the Yr 5 curriculum, exciting! In my top 5 of children's authors. Dec 08, Pan Fong rated it really liked it. Will they understand the maths, the issues, the emotions?

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That makes me wonder how different it feels to read this book at different ages. Morris Gleitzman does have the power to make me cry and smile as I read his works. Jun 08, Paquita rated it it was amazing. Brilliant book introducing the world of high finance into a child's story.

Sep 04, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was hilarious.

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I really enjoyed the vivid, detailed descriptions about what happened in the story. I loved the way that I was captivated when I was reading it.