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Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine
by Jennifer Bouani   

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Publisher:  Bouje Publishing ISBN-10:  0977926508 Type: 
Pages: 

128

Copyright:  May 30, 2006 ISBN-13:  9780977926503
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Teaching Kids how to be Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

The stories in the Future Business Leaders’ Series™ help prepare kids for tomorrow's world by teaching them how to think creatively, turn what they love to do into business ideas, explore products and services around them, set goals, overcome obstacles and realize their dreams.

Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine is about an orphaned boy named Tyler who invents a machine to help him do his homework faster and creates a business to manufacture this machine. He must endure many tests set out for him by the Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs, Soté, before he can officially become a successful business owner and realize his dream of sailing around the world. These tests are symbolic of obstacles encountered by adult entrepreneurs in the real world.
It is set in the mystical city of Nessibus, a metropolis, whose streets radiate with the energy of commerce. The true adventure begins when Tyler arrives at a magical high rise building. Each floor in the magical building takes the reader to another world where reality and imagination fuse.

Tyler encounters many adult figures in the magical building who are portrayed as animals with traits characterizing their professions—an octopus real-estate agent who’s always on her cell phone, a monkey attorney who likes to be paid in bananas, and a polar bear CPA who knows his way through crunching numbers, to name a few.

This story appeals to kids because it arouses their senses as the main characters perform adventurous tasks and solve challenging, play-on-word riddles. It appeals to parents and teachers because it can be used as a teaching tool for entrepreneurialism, capitalism, networking, and free trade.

"This is a great introduction to the concept of what being an entrepreneur is all about," said John Walter Drake, senior partner at the law firm of McCurdy & Candler and a successful Atlanta-based entrepreneur himself. "It’s an imaginative and fun book for the bright young reader."
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The stories in the series help prepare kids for tomorrow's world by teaching them how to think creatively, turn what they love to do into business ideas, explore products and services around them, set goals, overcome obstacles and realize their dreams.
In the first book of the series, "Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine" (Bouje Publishing, ISBN-13: 9780977926503, Tyler is an orphan boy who invents a machine to help him do his homework and creates a business to manufacture this machine. He must endure many tests set out for him by the Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs, Soté, before he can officially become a successful business owner and realize his dream of sailing around the world. These tests are symbolic of obstacles encountered by adult entrepreneurs in the real world. The allegory teaches children ages 9 to 12 business concepts in a simple yet adventurous way, showing them how to participate in, and reap the rewards of, our capitalist society.
“ Fascinating book! This is a fast-moving, suspenseful adventure sure to capture the interest of intermediate-aged readers.” said Dr. Darlene W. Daffin, Elementary Administrator, Trinity Presbyterian School. “ That the book also teaches basic business concepts in an unobtrusive way is a delightful extra!”

"In today’s global marketplace of extreme competition," said Bouani, "I believe it is more critical than ever that children learn early the principles of free market trade and how to become leaders in a society."

This story appeals to kids because it arouses their senses as the main characters perform adventurous tasks and solve challenging, play-on-word riddles. It appeals to parents and teachers because it can be used as a teaching tool for entrepreneurialism, capitalism, networking, and free trade.

"This is a great introduction to the concept of what being an entrepreneur is all about," said John Walter Drake, senior partner at the law firm of McCurdy & Candler and a successful Atlanta-based entrepreneur himself. "It’s an imaginative and fun book for the bright young reader."


About the Series
Tyler’s peers are other children of the magical city of Nessibus with various skills and talents who each tell their own story of becoming business leaders in separate books. These stories make up the Future Business Leaders’ Series. The plots of the various books interweave as the characters become suppliers, customers, and referrals for one another, emphasizing the power of networking and its influence over one’s business success.


Professional Reviews

A. Corn
Jennifer Bouani and the Gift for Writing for Children, March 30, 2007
Reviewer: Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) - See all my reviews
(Amazon.com TOP 10 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)
Every so often a new writer surfaces who along with the company of the likes of Roald Dahl, EB White, CS Lewis and others has the talent to speck to children about things adult in a manner that is not only informative and correct intelligently, but at the same time keeps in mind the importance of molding the realm of fantasy and tales that still focus the attention of all of us. Jennifer Bouani has the gift and in TYLER & HIS SOLVE-A-MATIC MACHINE she bows on stage as a skilled thinker and a consummate communicator.

Billed as a part of a series for 'Future Business Leaders', this story is told through the palpably real ten year old orphan Tyler Sogno who dreams of sailing around the world to meet all peoples. His daydreaming for his lost sailor father distracts him form his studies and he comes up with the idea of building a machine that will make homework a snap - the Solve-a-matic machine. Tyler 'meets' the spiritual guardian Soté, the Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs form the land of Profits, who introduces Tyler to the prospects of becoming an entrepreneur, instructing and supporting him as to how to accomplish his dream. Then with a deft hand at creating whimsy that is pertinent and smart (Tyler lives in a metropolis called 'Nessibus', a reconstructed version of 'Business' - for example) Bouani sets tasks using the elevators of skyscrapers on top of which are penthouses to aid Tyler and friends on the journey to success.

In the end Soté congratulates Tyler on his perilous adventure: "You have succeeded in creating your Solve-a-matic company before sunrise. You have learned many lessons along the way. You have found your confidence, learned to be organized, and devoted yourself to your work. You have learned to be resourceful and have unleashed your imagination on the world. You've learned to lead and to take risks." And the lessons learned are soundly basic and richly entertaining in the introduction of all manner of animal life and wild adventures.

This book is aimed at the age 9 to 12 group, but the book is so full of well-conceived steps to take in making something of a dream that it is fodder for much older wannabe entrepreneurs! Highly sophisticated writing and a true pleasure to read. Grady Harp, March 07


– Dr. Darlene W. Daffin, Elementary Administrator, Trinity Presbyterian School: Fascinating book
“Fascinating book! This is a fast-moving, suspenseful adventure sure to capture the interest of intermediate-aged readers. That the book also teaches basic business concepts in an unobtrusive way is a delightful extra!"

– Dr. Darlene W. Daffin, Elementary Administrator, Trinity Presbyterian School


Grady Harp- Amazon Top10 Reviewer
Jennifer Bouani and the Gift for Writing for Children.

Every so often a new writer surfaces who along with the company of the likes of Roald Dahl, EB White, CS Lewis and others has the talent to speck to children about things adult in a manner that is not only informative and correct intelligently, but at the same time keeps in mind the importance of molding the realm of fantasy and tales that still focus the attention of all of us. Jennifer Bouani has the gift and in TYLER & HIS SOLVE-A-MATIC MACHINE she bows on stage as a skilled thinker and a consummate communicator. Billed as a part of a series for 'Future Business Leaders', this story is told through the palpably real ten year old orphan Tyler Sogno who dreams of sailing around the world to meet all peoples. His daydreaming for his lost sailor father distracts him form his studies and he comes up with the idea of building a machine that will make homework a snap - the Solve-a-matic machine. Tyler 'meets' the spiritual guardian Soté, the Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs form the land of Profits, who introduces Tyler to the prospects of becoming an entrepreneur, instructing and supporting him as to how to accomplish his dream. Then with a deft hand at creating whimsy that is pertinent and smart (Tyler lives in a metropolis called 'Nessibus', a reconstructed version of 'Business' - for example) Bouani sets tasks using the elevators of skyscrapers on top of which are penthouses to aid Tyler and friends on the journey to success. In the end Soté congratulates Tyler on his perilous adventure: "You have succeeded in creating your Solve-a-matic company before sunrise. You have learned many lessons along the way. You have found your confidence, learned to be organized, and devoted yourself to your work. You have learned to be resourceful and have unleashed your imagination on the world. You've learned to lead and to take risks." And the lessons learned are soundly basic and richly entertaining in the introdu --Amazon.com Top 10 Reviewer: Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States)
My son related immediately to Tyler, the boy in this book, a kid who has trouble getting his homework
done and spends too much time daydreaming. What kid doesn't deal with those challenges from time
to time? Tyler also longs to travel the world and have great adventures. He's tired of his everyday life
and he also happens to be an orphan so he feel particularly alone and hopeless.
Making his dreams come true seems a very remote possibility until..one day.. Tyler finds a wishbone,
makes a wish and...pooof! he gets in touch with the Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs, who guides him
as he learns the basics of becoming an entrepreneur, from his dream of a Solve-a-matic machine to
actual production and sales. But first he has to find the "keys" to get to the top of a 100 story building
by a looming deadline. Can he do it?
It is quite a challenge and my son wondered how Tyler was going to meet the challenge. While on his
adventure, Tyler develops skills useful to all budding business people, including patience, confidence,
problem-solving, flexibility, trying alternative solutions, marketing his product and much more.
My son was riveted by the various mysteries and puzzles Tyler had to solve to get the "keys" to get to
the top of a hundred story building. Along the way, he learns the basics of becoming a successful
entrepreneur and my son and I discussed those skills as we read this book. It is written in such a lively
and fun style that I'm not even sure he realized how much he was learning!
Unlike many financial or business books written for children, this one approaches kids from their level
- with an engaging story, plenty of mystery and suspense and a thorough look at what it takes to go
from budding entrepreneur to having a solid business plan.
I asked my son what he thought of the book when we finished it and he said, "I learned about what it
takes to succeed in business and that you should be patient, do your research and stick with it. You
can't give up easily and you have to know how to market what you make. " I was impressed.


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