Published by Random House Studio
Summary: Through luck and an assortment of odd jobs, Ben collects a bagful of nickels. Deciding what to spend them on takes some consideration, but he finally succumbs to a salesgirl with what she claims is the world’s longest licorice rope (costing just one nickel). “How long is it?” asks Ben. “How long is the world?” the girl replies. Determined to find out, Ben starts chewing. Everywhere he goes, the girl is there to sell him (for a nickel) whatever he needs to continue the journey: a boat, snowshoes, even a carrot suit to outsmart a hungry lion. Finally, just as he is getting tired, Ben runs into Jimmy, a boy on the other end of the licorice rope who also paid a nickel. The girl tells them that for one more nickel, they can become friends. The two boys burst out laughing, because, they say, “Friends are free!”. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This quirky and unpredictable book would make a great writing prompt to share where you might go with the world’s longest licorice rope. The end makes a great case for exploring the world with a friend or two.
Cons: The very tiny font.