Where does money go? Last Sunday, Alexander's Grandma Betty and Grandpa Louie gave him a dollar. And he was rich. There were so many things he could do with all of that money. Like buy as much gum as he wanted, or even buy a walkie-talkie, if he kept saving. But he was rich last Sunday. Well, let's see, there was bubble gum, and then bets with Anthony and Nicholas (that Alexander lost). Now Alexander plunges his hands in his pockets and finds only...bus tokens. It's not fair. His brother, Anthony, has two dollars, three quarters, one dime, seven nickels and eighteen pennies. His other brother, Nicholas, seems to have even more. Alexander even tries to make some money back by taking unrefundable bottles to Friendly Market. Well, the people there weren't so friendly.
In yet another Alexanderbook, author Viorst presents readers with the eternally likeable curmudgeon, who always seems to agonize himself through life. Ray Cruz contributes the appealingly scruffy crosshatch illustrations. Horn Book describes this as a "tongue-in-cheek introduction to money and finance."